I rode with thin Italian saddles for many years and for the last 5 or 6 on an Arione VS which I think has been discontinued. In my quest for replacement I have suffered painfully as I got caught up in the cut-out and width rabbit holes. Coming full circle I decided to try the Arione R3 because it comes in a wider version. Well the padding is much too hard so I am considering the purchase of the original Arione Classic which hopefully has padding equal to the VS. I have come to the conclusion that sit bone width is overrated because with the forward lean on a road bike I don't actually sit solely on my sit bones. The quest continues. I rode approximately 4,500 miles in 2021, am 60 years old and average around 17 mph in a mountainish area.
Bought this saddle as part of a restoration/conversion of my 1974 Raleigh Gran Sport into an upright touring bike. I had a Brooks B17 Narrow on it when I was riding it in its original configuration with the drop bars, so it was an easy choice to pick the Brooks Flyer when I swapped the drop bars for the touring bars. Being more upright meant that the B17 Narrow was no longer comfortable and the Flyer was a PERFECT replacement - same great look on the bike, same saddle connections for my leather bag, and soooooooooo comfortable. I was worried how the springs were going to look and was considering just getting the B17, but I'm really glad I went with the Flyer - just enough suspension to smooth things out and with the bag attached the springs are largely hidden from view. I love the vintage look, comfort, and quality of the Flyer and even though it is perfectly comfortable right now when brand new, I know from my experience with the B17 Narrow that it will become even more comfortable after more use. If you have a vintage steel ride and are sitting upright, this Brooks Flyer is a great saddle that will look and feel great!
Have been a Brooks saddle fan for years, the love continues! Western bike works really hard, I had some logistics that I needed help with. WBW really strives to keep their customers. Happy in NW MONTANA.
I had the R1 on my road bike and bought the R3 for my gravel bike. Used it on my ride across NY,390 miles. It was comfortable the entire ride. This was a "B" grade purchase, not sure if that is the right terminology. The discount was super. It appeared to be new. No scratches or any indication it had be used. The price was great.