It has been a few weeks now since I got the Tourist and by extension the Brooks B66 saddle. I’ve probably done at least 500 km with the saddle by now and I thought I’d share my experiences with it so far.
As I have said before, a harder saddle will be more comfortable in the long run. When I first got the B66 it had no give whatsoever. It was comfortable for shorter rides but became uncomfortable after a while due to the cyclical compression of the small amount of flesh between my sit bones and the saddle, which occurred when pedalling. I realised a few days ago that this had completely gone away, partly due to the saddle having slightly given in the spots where my sit bones are and probably partly down to me getting used to the new saddle.
I got to this stage by riding the bike a little each day, in my normal clothing. I also did two rides over 60 km but used padded bike boxer shorts to take the edge off. These rides were at least partially over cobbles and gravel which may have helped to tame the saddle. I think that I would be ok doing 60 km on the B66 now in my normal clothing.
There were times when I considered giving up on the B66, but I am glad I didn’t. Now I have put the time in to it, it is my favourite saddle. Now all I have to worry about is the temptation of getting a Brooks B67 for the Yuba.