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After five years away from cycling I bought myself a decent mountain bike at the beginning of this year and got back in the saddle. The only problem was in the first month of off-road biking with the inevitable tumbles I broke two gel saddles and realized I needed another solution. Enter Brooks, as I spotted a very attractive honey coloured Team Professional with copper rails and oversized rivets in a local bike store. I was impressed by the robust quality and craftsmanship and since 9th May have ridden 797 miles without any problems on this mount. It attracts envious comments from fellow cyclists "oh, a Brooks!" and in a couple of weeks I'll be joining many others for the 50-mile Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride which my colleagues and company have sponsored me for charity. In October I plan to do The Viking Challenge, a 31-mile off road charity event and by all accounts a tough ride. I have no doubts that my Brooks saddle will easily take the pace and for a short breaking in period, helped with the judicious treatment with Proofhide, will outlast new-fangled saddles by many years. After all, well treated leather ends up giving true "body geometry" and gives a lifetime of service, no matter how rough the going.
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