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Old 05-15-21, 04:39 AM
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Lets See Your Old Brooks Saddle

Anyone out there with an old Brooks saddle? Now is the time to show them off.
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Old 05-15-21, 05:27 AM
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Still in occasional use from 1972
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Old 05-15-21, 10:25 AM
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Brooks C34 "Challenge Model" (ca 1935)
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1962 Carlton with (OEM??) Swallow. I may swap with my 1973 Brooks Pro (40K miles, still serviceable), and put the Swallow on the newest Capo Sieger frameset.


1959 Capo with Nervar Star crank and Campag. 980 derailleur upgrades and new maroon(!) Brooks Pro saddle.

1973 Brooks Pro on the 1959 Capo. Still serviceable, plan to put on a different bike. Campag. crankset shown -- replaced w/ Nervar after left Campag. crank cracked along the spindle eye.

1960 Capo Sieger with original Ideale saddle

I also have a large rivet ca. 1990 Brooks Team Pro on the mountain bike -- still going strong, perhaps my favorite of the four Brooks I own.
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Old 05-15-21, 12:21 PM
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Here's my motley collection:

Pretty worn B15N from 1968 (if the cantle date stamp is to be believed):


The B5N from 1965 that I used on a number of bikes but it was damaged when I bought it and ripped out at the nose....



The B67 I bought new that is on my Humber:



The B15 I put on the Paff after the B5N ripped apart during a ride.....


And finally the B17 Champion Standard shown here on my Trek 600, but has been moved to my Miele Aries ATB that I use as a daily rider....




In terms of comfort, only the B67 was broken in solely by my butt - it is amazingly comfortable. All of the others were purchased used and currently the B17 is the most comfortable with the B15 very close behind (pun intended)....however since the designations changed over the years I have been hard pressed to see the difference between the B15 and B17 as I have them; dimensionally pretty close. The old B5N and the B15N are much longer and narrower, but the B15 and 17 seem to me to be pretty much the same saddle with I assume lower grade leather on the B15.

Oh and I wouldn't want to forget the honorary Brooks - RHM #185 - a reproduction of a Kaydex K5 from 1938.....( rhm )



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Old 05-15-21, 12:36 PM
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Pre 1939 Brooks B17 Flyweight narrow. Alu and chrome.





50ies B17 standard



70ies Pro



Mixed




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Old 05-15-21, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by styggno1 View Post
Pre 1939 Brooks B17 Flyweight narrow. Alu and chrome.






Man that's cool.
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Old 05-15-21, 02:58 PM
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What I assume to be an original Pro on ms. merziac's Paramount.




And an 84 on the 58 Paramount


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A Brooks B18.


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That's how I got my first Brooks Pro, almost new for $5. I worked summers and weekends at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership, and the boss bought a brand-new PX-10 and gave up trying to break in the saddle after a week.
Your PX-10 looks gorgeous, by the way.
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Your PX-10 looks gorgeous, by the way.
Thanks! It actually belongs to a friend. I bought it from a member here and did the rehab for her (although it didnt need much). The saddle belongs to me though and Im just letting her borrow it until I decide I need it for another bike. Here are some more pics:




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Original B66 off of '50's-era Raleigh Sports. Tried to Proofide it but I don't think I can save it.
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New and old

~ 1970 B15




And an unknown model


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Had to pick up this dutch bike this week just for the brooks b66


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Originally Posted by smurfy View Post

Original B66 off of '50's-era Raleigh Sports. Tried to Proofide it but I don't think I can save it.
I would encourage you to just keep and use for display/show, these are so sad when they get blown up and become scrap.

This one has done its due, shame it was not taken care of so it could live forever.
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This one was on a 1971 Raleigh Sports that sat outside for many years.
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A layer of Proofide and a ziploc for a rain hat would have doubled the life of these.

I have a big covered patio so of course bikes end up there, they always get a ziploc.
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Original to my 1968 Raleigh Sprite B-72


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I assume this was the original saddle on my '72 Paramount
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I would encourage you to just keep and use for display/show, these are so sad when they get blown up and become scrap.

This one has done its due, shame it was not taken care of so it could live forever.
This saddle was a "barn find" (probably been inside a barn for the last forty of so years) on a Raleigh that was given to me which I still have. The Raleigh will be my "resto-mod" and the saddle is actually on display.
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This saddle is 111 years old.

Not sure if it can handle a rider but it is a B10.

Old, old, old school suspension.
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Johno59 That tear at the nose will likely rip in no time (don't ask me how I know!)
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