This saddle may not be for everybody. Takes some initial breaking in, but the time and effort was worth it for me. Just a little saddle soap to soften the leather, then after a few miles, comfort like never before. Bought one each for my son and daughter.
I live downtown orlando and commute to and from work every day. Only about 1.5 miles each way in a very urban environment. I also like to get out of town almost every weekend and ride the florida wilderness trails along with an occaisional bmx trail or two. I replaced the gell seat that came on my Jamis hudson Sport with the flyer saddle and cant be happier. The Flyer is much more stable while maintaining a tremendous comfort level. The gel seat I replaced was very soft and comfy, but I found my rear was mushing all over the place sliding from side to side. Too much softmess and movement. The Brooks saddle assumes the shape of my bone structure and allows just the right amout of up and down movement while keeping your bumm in placeside to side.
The asthetics of the Brooks saddle is unquestionable. In the short time it's been on my bike I have and numerous compliments and inquiries about it.
I onjly have about 500 miles in the saddle. It is true, I really do find myself forgetting I am sitting on anything. Had a little hesitation about the price...I'm hoping the longevity of this piece will reveal great value down the road.. So far no regrets.
I rode a long ride in May (1000 mi.) I had a conventional seat with the gel padding. Along the way I met a fellow rider and he said get a Brooks. I did not think anything would make my butt feel better. But, I did due diligence and decided to go ahead and buy one. I bought the Brooks Flyer. As advertised, there is a break-in period where ya just hate the thing. After about 2 or 3 hundred miles, riding mornings doing 20 milers, I realized that I was not thinking about the seat at all. While on the bike, you can feel the seat flex and move a little with your rocking motion. A little about me I'm 69, 170 lbs, I usually ride in running shorts (no padding). Best investment I have made for the bike.
I bought the saddle hoping to alleviate numb bits syndrome. I don't ride a ton (can I be both a cycling enthusiast and a casual cyclist?), but enough that I want to be comfortable. This is a big improvement on my previous saddles, and it's more comfortable than I thought. I'm a big guy (240) and this saddle seems to be giving a bit of sag in the middle. Might need to tighten it just a bit?