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Old 07-28-15, 12:11 PM
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Brooks:Saddle Sore?

My 1979 Raleigh Roadster came with its original Brooks saddle in un-restorable condition (dried, cracked pulled out around the rivets). At the recent Canadian Vintage Bike Show I picked up a leather seat top portion in very good, maybe never used, condition for $30 CDN. It looked similar but it is about an inch shorter to the nose piece. I can modify it to work on the existing frame but the BSA markings on the leather intrigued me. Model Number 95/2S. Was it made by Brooks? Does it have more value as it is?

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Old 07-28-15, 01:45 PM
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I'm sorry I can't answer your question, but in the pictures it looks as if you might be able to re-shape the original leather (wet, force into shape, and let dry)?
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Originally Posted by browngw
At the recent Canadian Vintage Bike Show I picked up a leather seat top portion in very good, maybe never used, condition for $30 CDN. It looked similar but it is about an inch shorter to the nose piece. I can modify it to work on the existing frame but the BSA markings on the leather intrigued me. Model Number 95/2S. Was it made by Brooks? Does it have more value as it is?
Not Brooks; BSA = "Birmingham Small Arms," a large British bicycle (and gun) manufacturer for much of the 20th century. Not sure about value, but it looks to be in pretty good shape. I'd ride on it.
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Looks like a nice saddle
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Well... this is annoying. I posted a informative and not terribly prolix reply earlier today, but it seems to have gone the way of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Alas!

But whatever. Your BSA leather is 60 or more years old and quite lovely, but I don't know how strong it is. The split rivets holding it to its cantle plate are perhaps not intended to be permanent: my guess is the manufacturer intended the end user to use real rivets top attach this top to whatever frame intended.

In my opinion a leather top of this age and rarity is a greater prize than a Brooks frame, so if you modify anything, modify the frame to fit the leather, not vice versa.

it might fit a B.72 or B.67 or other frame better than what you have. Can you post dimensions?
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Not Brooks; BSA = "Birmingham Small Arms," a large British bicycle (and gun) manufacturer for much of the 20th century. Not sure about value, but it looks to be in pretty good shape. I'd ride on it.
In college I shot on the rifle team with a BSA Martini International. Awesome shooting rifle.
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Originally Posted by satbuilder
In college I shot on the rifle team with a BSA Martini International. Awesome shooting rifle.
I poured quite a few martinis in college, sometimes to international students.

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The BSA NOS? leather has been mated to the Brooks frame to make a decent looking leather saddle for "Sir Ways A. Tonne"
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It really has the same "look" or cut of a Middlemore. The way the nose crosses down low. Maybe the same factory, different brand?
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Possibly made by Brooks for BSA?
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Originally Posted by gugie
I poured quite a few martinis in college, sometimes to international students.

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Originally Posted by daf1009
Looks like a nice saddle
Daf you've got way too many bikes. It must be an awful clutter: howse about I take the X0
off yur hands. I won't even charge you to haul it away.
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