I received another Brooks in the mail today. Bought on eBay for a good price. A B17 Special with copper-plated rails and copper rivets. It's a bit ratty because the dye is inconsistent across the leather, but it will do a nice job on one of our bikes.
That brings to nine the number of Brooks in the household:
1. The new honey B17 Special.
2. A honey Brooks B17 Ladies (shorter than standard) for Machka's MTB.
3. A honey B17 Standard for my fixed gear.
4. A black Ti Swallow on my carbon roadie.
5. A well worn black B17 Standard on my touring bike (it's so worn that the dye has faded to a grey in some spots).
6. A green Ti B17 on Machka's titanium roadie (this is a gorgeous saddle, complete with copper rivets).
7. A black B17 standard for me on the tandem.
8. A black B17 standard for Machka on the tandem (this was originally on my fixed gear, but it became Machka's after her bike, complete with well broken-in B17 was stolen last Easter).
9. A brand new black B17 that will probably go on Machka's touring bike that I am building up.
The next one will likely be a Ti B17 for my new Ti frame that also will be built soon.
We seem to be in a perpetual state of breaking in saddles at the moment, but we think it's worth it.
We do have a whole lot of other saddles that have come on various bikes over the years but have been dispensed with. The exception is a San Marco SKN that has Ti rails, and leather covering, and is super lightweight. It was bought originally for my carbon bike. I like this saddle, and it will likely go on my new single-speed commuter bike based on an old Giant MTB frame I picked out a rubbish dump. Another option is to put it on my fully fledged MTB.
The new honey Brooks? That will probably go on one of two town bikes I am building, based on 28" wheels on step-through "women's" frames, also acquired from the local rubbish dump.
Hmmmm... that means we need another Brooks for the second town bike. Hmmm, where's that eBay b(r)ookmark?