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View Poll Results: What unsprung Brooks would work
B17N Antique brown 9 25.00%
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Old 12-24-07, 08:12 PM   #1
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Style gods - help with saddle matching II

Should I keep my Dawes (still trying to fit it) I intend to add a Brooks saddle. I think it needs some color coordination. My preference is brown but it only comes in narrow. What think yee?

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Got to go with a Black B/17 Standard all the way.
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Not sure what the fit issues are but the seat to handlebar drop looks too severe for a B17. The recommendation for the B17 is that the bars should be around the same height as the seat give or take. That looks like a 2-3 inch drop in the picture which would point to a Professional. Actually, I think you could recolor any Brooks to brown with leather die. I'm rather fond of brown saddles and think it would look good on that bike.
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I say a brown Pro with the big hammered rivets! It would tie the dark brown sidewall and gum hoods all together IMHO. B-17 might be a little intrusive if you get my drift.,,,,BD
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Two possibilities with that bike.

1) Black saddle, with black bar tape.

2) White saddle, with white bar tape.
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I'd stay away from brown, as it doesn't complement black that well. Staying just black and chrome is clean and classy. Green would make a fine accent as well, especially if matched to tape.
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Should I keep my Dawes (still trying to fit it) I intend to add a Brooks saddle. I think it needs some color coordination. My preference is brown but it only comes in narrow. What think yee?

That's one of the prettiest bikes I've seen in a long time. IMO, go with the B-17 Special. Those hammered copper rivets really are worth the couple extra bucks. BTW, think long and hard about ditching the black seatpost. A really nice polished Campy version would look so much better with all the other silver parts. Great bike and keep up the good work.


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I wouldn't go with green, but black or brown would look fantastic. The bike is so nice looking that it could pull off either with ease. But if you're unsure, go with black. There's no way it will look bad! And as others have said, I'm not sure I'd want a B-17 with that much handlebar drop.
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That is one prestine looking black Dawes. Whether to keep it is an easy decision. Unless it's really not a good fit. With a black frame, so many combinations of color coordination can work real well.

I missed out on a 80s Dawes Atlantis 531 in November that was being sold locally for $30. It was only missing a front wheel. The seller considered it an old worthless English bike, amongst a backyard full of old Japanese and Walmart junkers.
I got there late and a hipster took it first. Probably got hacksawed, butchered, and covered in duct tape by now.
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I have a B17N, in brown, it's a nice saddle and likely about the same width as your current saddle. It's only narrow compared to the standard B17 and not drastically.
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That is one prestine looking black Dawes. Whether to keep it is an easy decision. Unless it's really not a good fit. With a black frame, so many combinations of color coordination can work real well.

I missed out on a 80s Dawes Atlantis 531 in November that was being sold locally for $30. It was only missing a front wheel. The seller considered it an old worthless English bike, amongst a backyard full of old Japanese and Walmart junkers.
I got there late and a hipster took it first. Probably got hacksawed, butchered, and covered in duct tape by now.
I was depressed for two weeks.
Thanks, when I keep a bike I spend a lot of time making it pristine. It took about 3 hours to break down the crankset and get it polished properly. I like the shellac cloth tape look [it originally had cloth tape] but I may end up installing a modern adjustable handlebar/stem set I have on hand on in order to get the right fit.

Sorry about your missed Atlantis, I've gotten used to missing the gems that pop up on Craigslist. I had a chance at a black Super Cologno last year but the lady who told me she wasn't in a hurry sold it off to someone else almost immediately.

After a test spin I've made some adjustments, including an easier [to use] set of caged pedals. I'll probably end up with double sided SPD or Look pedals. If I cannot get her dialed in another BF member has expressed interest.
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Honey Brooks B17 or Professional with matching handlebar tape.
There's something about black and tan that is elegant beyond description.

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I'd do white Cinelli cork tape and a white solid leather saddle along with a chrome or aluminum seatpost...
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Honey Brooks B17 or Professional with matching handlebar tape.
There's something about black and tan that is elegant beyond description.

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a nicely chilled pint mug, Black and Tan served at room temperature. . . mmmmmm
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Keep your bar tape the same color and match the saddle color to your brake lever hoods as close as you can, probably brown or honey.

White bar tape and cable housing might also look nice, as it will match your logo.
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Two possibilities with that bike.

1) Black saddle, with black bar tape.

2) White saddle, with white bar tape.
winner!!!

i'm agree with the gent who says to lose the black seatpost. go with a traditional silver campy seatpost.


looking good...


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i'm agree with the gent who says to lose the black seatpost. go with a traditional silver campy seatpost.


looking good...


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Come to think of it, that would look good with a white seat and bar tape, or a white seat, black bar tape, and white brake hoods. Or as it is and a black or honey Brooks. You really can't go wrong unless you change the tape to something outlandish.
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beautiful bike, but i think the first style change you should make is ditching the rear wheel reflector. it's even free of charge. honestly, i'm surprised no one else has mentioned it.
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^^^LOL!
Well, the reflector is a safety issue. Can't fault someone for leaving it on if they require it for night riding.
I don't prefer them myself, but I leave them on my urban MTB. Makes a big difference at night.
And promotes a good example for the youngsters.
I like reflective tire sidewalls, but choices are hard to come by.
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I'd do white Cinelli cork tape and a white solid leather saddle along with a chrome or aluminum seatpost...
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I'd also move the bell to the non drive side. I think the reflector should stay on because it looks "period". I'd put a rear one on too.
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I'd also move the bell to the non drive side. I think the reflector should stay on because it looks "period". I'd put a rear one on too.
I moved the bell to the drive side to clear the rear brake cable. I do commute home after sundown and like reflective gear. I've put on a nicely polished Pfletsher (sp?) rack and have an amber triangular strobe attached. I also have the yellow front wheel reflector but have not re-installed it.
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Get a honey-colored B17 Champion Special with the copper rivets, then put some natural cork tape on the handlebars. It will look incredible, particularly with tan skinwalls.
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