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Brooks Professional Saddle Silliness

Old 03-23-18, 08:09 PM
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Brooks Professional Saddle Silliness

Good evening Guys and Gals. This is an 'IDK' kinda post but here goes. As you may or may not know the Brooks Pro Saddle comes with either steel tubular rivets and no leather skirt removal or giant copper hand hammered with skirt strip detail. My first Brooks was in 1974 and it lasted to about 1991 when I had to sell my Raleigh International to pay the rent! So back then, I believe the Pros had small copper un-hammered rivets, unlike the huge versions today. I could very likely be wrong though. But the skirt strip present. Here's a picture of my saddle.

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In my old age and desire to lose weight I wanted to get back on the bike. When I bought the New Brooks Professional with steel rivets I was sad it didn't have that skirt detail. Just straight leather down the sides. I know, it's kooky and is what it is. Anyway, I had to have it! Took some blue masking tape and used it to outline the outside path of the line. Grabbed my old Foredom rotary tool (adjustable 'slow' speed sanding wheel/drum?) and I'm quite happy with the results. Before-after

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It's funny how we can cling to the past. I'd buy the Pro/copper rivets if they were smaller. They just look too big to me.

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So how to waste time and enjoy the silliness. The little things. Best to all!

Been a registered reader here for years. Finally have a reason to post and I'm not allowed to post url pictures! D'Ohhh!
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In the 1970s we had the Pro and the Team Pro, with its large copper rivets.

When I bought my latest (maroon! ) pro from Nashbar 2 years ago, it came with the big hand-hammered copper rivets, and there was no mention of any option.
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In the 1970s we had the Pro and the Team Pro, with its large copper rivets.

When I bought my latest (maroon! ) pro from Nashbar 2 years ago, it came with the big hand-hammered copper rivets, and there was no mention of any option.
Then there was the Team Pro Select- heavier weight leather.
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I have/had several 70's Pros and most have medium copper rivets, only one comes with large copper rivets. All of them have the skived skirts.
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for the sake of the thread, here's a shot of my 1974 Brooks Pro (not the Team Pro, though). These are the small rivets, and they don't have the hammer marks of the Team version.




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(I've got a newer Team Pro on another bike.... I'll have to see if I have pics of it)

edit: here's a shot showing a more modern Team Pro on one of my bikes. Probably circa 2000 or so.


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Yes! That '74 looks like my old saddle
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Yep, the original Brooks Professionals had the small copper rivets as in post 6 top pic. The Team Professional was introduced maybe around '73-'74 (Raleigh Professionals came with them, for one). Brooks only appears to offer the flattened larger copper rivets or the small steel rivets now. What they call the Team Professional Classic is the one with the smaller steel rivets... Classic? my a$$. Fugly about describes it; well, I guess it is a Brooks Pro (kinda). I do like the larger riveted Team Pro, but have never owned one. And I still like my '73 Professional with the small copper rivets.
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