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Brooks England Men's B17 Saddle

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New leather is tough because of the numerous treatments of the tanning process, as well as the moulding process done at our factory. In 1905 Brooks introduced a new version of the B17, the B17 Champion with dimensions of 11 x 6 1/2in almost identical to the modern Standard model. The Sprinter, Flyer and Swallow were all dropped in the late 1960s but in the 1980s Brooks reintroduced new versions of the B17 Swallow – these were not of the same quality as the originals.

Sharing the same leather tops of the B17 models, they combine the comfort of these popular models with the extra suspension granted by two rear springs. The saddle is made from durable vegetable tanned leather for strength and durability as well as making it look great. Finished with black steel rails and machined steel rivets, the B17 Softened is a comfortable bike seat for those who want to avoid a lengthy break-in period. Middle widths are often used for touring or commuting when the spinal angle of the rider is in a 45 to 60 degrees position.Management of the site was taken over by Chater-Lea in 2020 who undertook a comprehensive redesign and rebuild to enable future generations to continue to enjoy. It had made a brief appearance in the 1910 catalogue but it does not appear to become established in the range before the 1920s. The Flyweight used conventional steel wires but had an aluminium cantleplate and the leather significantly trimmed, it was the same width as a Flyer and 5ozs lighter. Natürlich tut der Hintern nach 8h im Sattel leicht weh, aber die hat man auch wenn man 8h auf einem Sofa sitzt. Note: We recommend using the Brooks Leather Saddle Care Kit (product code: 2322230) or the Brooks Proofide Single saddle grease (product code 531267) for regular care.

This feature is, of course, widespread on current saddles and, if reports on the Imperial's comfort are anything to go by, is as worthwhile on a leather saddle (for those who need it) as on a plastic-shell design. After the break-in period, it is normal and proper to tension the saddle to retain its shape and comfort. Leather saddles mould to fit the rider’s shape and the polished leather has just the right amount of friction for the rider to sit on.It’s a classy saddle with zest, great for long-distance riding, sports touring, trekking, or everyday two-wheeling. These are supposed to be threaded through the perforations and used to tie the sides together to prevent 'spreading'.

We are able to ship smaller goods (no bikes, frames, rims, wheels) to Europe/North America/Australasia; please ask us about carriage costs. It’s not just about reaching your destination but appreciating the journey and wanting to do it time and time again. World War II saw a drastic reduction in the range to the basic models and it was not until 1949 that a wider range of models was offered. Primarily through riding, the leather will mould to the shape of your anatomy and become more flexible. The Competition was slightly wider initially than the Narrow (6 ¼in) and was intended strictly for the racing market.The B17 saddle, intended for the touring and trekking cyclist, has been Brooks' best selling model for over a century. The thick leather of the saddle molds to the rider over time, creating a personalized fit and overall improved comfort.

The main design of the Brooks badge embossed on the side flaps has just had three major changes though of course there have been many little detail modifications. On the Flyweight models a wire loop was added where the saddle rails met the cantleplate – this was soon adopted on the other models.Our Aged leather is softer than our regular leather; we achieve this softness by adding a lot more moisturizer to the leather during its preparation (tanning) process. But be careful to make sure that the leather does not sag too low, as this will cause it to contact the metal structure and could lead to saddle failure, not to mention being uncomfortable, as you could be sitting on the upper rails of some models or even the seat post itself. To tension the leather top, turn the nose bolt nut clockwise, 90° at a time, checking after each turn until the desired tension is reached. The Brooks B17 saddle was originally launched sometime in the mid 1890s – it’s not been possible to establish the exact year.

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