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As part of a bike fit I had done recently I had my well broken in Brooks Team Pro Classic pressure mapped (via the GebioMized system). (A pressure mapping creates a 2-dimensional mapping of the pressure exhibited across the saddle - useful for modifying fit). The results were quite astounding; an incredibly low pressure mapping, so low we were mostly at the limit of what could be detected by the system.

It was suggested doing some more testing and writing it up for publication (we had a long discussion of all the years of trial and errors I have done with Brooks) - which I am interested in doing.

My questions pertains to existing literature, some of which is not easily searchable through general internet searches.

Questions

  1. Are there any published pressure mappings of leather saddles such as Brooks?
  2. Is there any canonical sources out there for breaking in and setting up a leather saddle?
    • Most discussions appear to be opinion based short articles, forum discussions and other largely non-citable dialog.
    • Most also discuss a general trial-and-error approach with some anecdotal accounts, nothing measurable and repeatable.
    • As always Sheldon Brown has a nice summary, but I wouldn't consider it an in-depth guide.
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  • I bought a Brooks seat so I wouldn't have to worry about this.
    – NashCat
    Mar 12 '15 at 19:56
  • Right now most accounts are anecdotal (such as your answer). The point of the question is to see any measurable and repeatable results have been published.
    – Rider_X
    Mar 12 '15 at 20:07
  • While GebioMized is an excellent system for this purpose, I'm not sure this question is a good fit for the Bicycles.SE site. It requires specialized knowledge, and if answered will not benefit anyone on the site other than the OP. That said, I do think the research itself would be useful.
    – zenbike
    Mar 13 '15 at 10:14
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the required knowledge to answer it is very specific, and not likely available to anyone outside of the Brooks or GebioMized companies. I would suggest directing questions about the data availability to Michael Fuhrmeister at GebioMized. The company was started as a research division of the Sports University at Freiburg in Germany, so I'm sure they would be interested in furthering the research in this matter. It also has no long term benefit as an answer for future users of this site, in my opinion.
    – zenbike
    Mar 13 '15 at 10:18
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    @zenbike - I didn't appreciate that it was rider-specific; I see your point now. Perhaps there's a way to edit so it's useful to OP but less specific? Mar 14 '15 at 18:56