How to Adjust a Brooks Saddle

Written by matthew ferguson
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Originally a harness and general leather goods manufacture, Brooks England filed its first bicycle saddle patent in 1882. While renowned for quality and comfort, the Brooks saddle will need to be adjusted for proper fit. Like other bicycle saddles, the Brooks saddle sits atop a seat post, which includes a binder bolt or two to allow for saddle adjustment. A poorly adjusted bicycle saddle can result in discomfort in the groin and strain upon the lower back and arms.

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Things you need

  • 5mm Allen key
  • Spirit level

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  1. 1

    Locate the binder bolt(s) directly beneath the Brooks saddle. The bolt(s) secure a clamp around the saddle rails, holding the saddle in place. Some clamps contain one bolt, while others may contain two.

  2. 2

    Use a 5mm Allen key to loosen each bolt by turning it counterclockwise. The bolts do not need to be removed to allow for saddle adjustment.

  3. 3

    Slide the saddle forward or backward as needed. Sliding the saddle forward results in a more upright position on the bicycle.

  4. 4

    Set a spirit level across the length of the saddle and check that the saddle is even. Tilt the saddle as needed until the spirit level bubble is centred. For some, tilting the saddle a degree or two forward or backward results in a more comfortable position. Begin with an even saddle and customise as needed.

  5. 5

    Use the 5mm Allen key to tighten the binder bolt(s) beneath the saddle, locking the adjustments in place.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are unsure of the ideal saddle position, consider visiting a local bike shop for professional fitting services. These services use the cyclist's individual measurements to achieve optimal fit. Use these measurements whenever adjusting or replacing the saddle.

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