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Brooks Saddle B17 Special "Green" Color

Old 02-06-09, 01:52 AM
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Brooks Saddle B17 Special "Green" Color

http://www.brooksengland.com/shop/sh...------------30

A couple of questions, please, in regard to the Brooks Saddle B17 Special. It is difficult to visualize the exact shade of Green color? The UK website picture shows what could be a black saddle with a green stripe running along the lower edge.

Anyone have a high-resolution jpg showing the actual color shade?

Also, the text describes the B17 Special as having chrome rails but the illustration shows a copper color, presumably to match the rivets? Are the rails regular chrome or a copper color?

BTW ... The Honey color also looks very nice? And that's available on the regular B17 which saves the buyer a small amount of $$$. I am tempted to fit Brooks to all my Keepers!

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Old 02-06-09, 03:00 AM
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http://www.brooksengland.com/shop/sh...------------30

A couple of questions, please, in regard to the Brooks Saddle B17 Special. It is difficult to visualize the exact shade of Green color? The UK website picture shows what could be a black saddle with a green stripe running along the lower edge.

Anyone have a high-resolution jpg showing the actual color shade?

Also, the text describes the B17 Special as having chrome rails but the illustration shows a copper color, presumably to match the rivets? Are the rails regular chrome or a copper color?

BTW ... The Honey color also looks very nice? And that's available on the regular B17 which saves the buyer a small amount of $$$. I am tempted to fit Brooks to all my Keepers!
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I've seen this saddle. The rails/rivets are copper. The color is what I would describe as a dark forest green. What you are seeing and describing as a green stripe at the bottom is the skivved edge that shows a different shade than the smooth finished surface of the rest of the saddle. I remember it was OEM on, I think, one of the Cannondales a few years back, and at the LBS everyone was asking the shop to install a substitute saddle, so they had a whole pile of these that they were selling off pretty cheap. It's a nice looking saddle, but green isn't for everybody.
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...en#post7918651

Thank You qr23932

I found the post to which I think that you are referring? The color shown there is a tad light for my taste but it might just be the photo-lighting?

FYI ... This was the response received from Brooks UK:

First of all, the B17 Special always comes with a COPPER plated steel frame.

Our Green colour is described as being "British Racing Green", although this may just be a clever marketing ploy on behalf of Brooks. It does tend to be quite a dark green and, if you get it wet, it becomes even darker.

Anyway, here are the pictures that you requested. I am not sure that really help that much, but they are the best shots that I have.


ALSO: British Racing Green is the dark color which was always used by Jaguar on their old XKs and J Types which ran at Le Mans.
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I've got that seat on my main ride. It's functionally identical to the standard B-17. The green is a very dark green, which goes very nicely with the copper rails and rivets. The rivets are larger than the rivets on the standard B-17,
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Old 02-06-09, 12:26 PM
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A bit off topic but I'm a bit of a classic car buff and after doing quite a bit of research I have concluded that there is no single color that is the definitive "British Racing Green". To paraphrase an old Aston engineer that Bill Boddy interviewed a few years back "it's green paint on a British racing car, therefore it's British Racing Green!". According to him the first time they painted a post-war Aston race car green they used paint they had on hand that they had used to paint a shed and used that.

Italian Racing Red is similar - the Fiat empire has made it a science for Ferraris in recent years but over the years you can see that it's all sorts of shades and old pictures of factory Ferraris and Alfa Romeos in the 50's were often slightly different shades even within the same team. My Alfa is painted "Rossa Corsa" but that is certainly a different shade than Ferrari's current Rossa Corsa and the color Ferrari F1 cars are painted entirely differently from that - engineered to match their road cars ON TV but appears much more orange in person.

Anyhow.....as you were......

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I thought it was British Racing Green as seen on countless MG's. It's a nice color on the right bike.
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Well, they are all similar and yeah a good color for just about anything. But over the years and even in the course of a year MG's BRG varies. Paint just wasn't the science it is today. Mix it up by hand, eyeball it - there ya go! Even when they do make it a science it varies from make to make and year to year. Aston's current BRG is a different shade from Jaguar's BRG and both are different from what they used a decade ago, I believe. I would doubt that Mercian's BRG precisely matches any of them. The Brooks matches them about as well as they match each other. It doesn't really matter - they all look basically the same in isolation, it's only when you line them up side by side that you really notice the variation.

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The Wallingford site and good source for Brooks in the USA (with 6 mo return policy) has good image of the green saddle in comparison to the black and honey models.

http://www.wallbike.com/b17cscopper.html

I like the rivets on the this model, makes the saddle even more classy.
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