If you have been around here long enough, you know I’m a Brooks saddle man. Ever since I got my first Brooks back in 2008 (wow, seven years ago!) all the bikes that have passed through my hands have had a Brooks on them at some point, including my Schwinn Heavy Duti.
But the Brooks on that bike was a pretty worn B-67 that used to be on the Raleigh Wayfarer. The B-67 is almost as old as me (I got it used from a friend) and besides considerable sag, one of the springs is broken.* So it’s not that comfortable anymore. So I could by a new Brooks. But that’s not cheap and there’s other more pressing bike projects. And I started to think: since the Heavy Duti is also supposed to be my beater/bar bike, so I shouldn’t have a desirable saddle on this thing.
So enter: the ugly saddle. An obscenely large “cruiser” saddle with springs and rails, and not much resale value. Yes, it doesn’t look as nice, I get it. But that’s not always the point. And so far it feels pretty comfortable, but we’ll have to see what the long-term verdict is.
And if you don’t like it, you can always send me a Brooks saddle! 😉
*Yes, I know that they are replaceable.