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Humber Serial Number and Wrights Leather Saddle

Old 01-13-10, 05:05 PM
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Humber Serial Number and Wrights Leather Saddle

The Humber does have a serial number. It is on the lug next to the seat post. It reads:

25__6535

I cannot be sure if there is a number missing between the 25 and the 6535.

The saddle has a lot of wear, but the Dr. Johnson's Hide Rejuvenator has really helped. I plan to apply it several times and see how things go.

The markings on the saddle are faded, but I can make out an oval. In the center it says WRIGHTS;
along the bottom it says Birmingham England, along the top there is more writing, but I can only make out the last little bit, which says: Co. LTD.

Does anyone have any info on these? As the Humber is really made by Raleigh, I am wondering if the serial number can tell us anything about when and were the bike was made?

Kevin

PS I really do promise some pics soon; need to get the camera back from my son
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Wrights was the "low end" brand for Brooks, during the time they were owned by Raleigh.
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I have a Wrights W3N I use on my commuter. I normally don't ride the saddle longer than 10miles at a time but it has been very comfortable in that use. It's not as stout as my Brooks saddles, the top flexes when you push down on it. I would buy another one if I had the opportunity, I also chose to sell a Brooks B15 instead of the Wrights.

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Originally Posted by mkeller234
I have a Wrights W3N I use on my commuter. I normally don't ride the saddle longer than 10miles at a time but it has been very comfortable in that use. It's not as stout as my Brooks saddles, the top flexes when you push down on it. I would buy another one if I had the opportunity, I also chose to sell a Brooks B15 instead of the Wrights.


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Totally agree mkeller. I liked my first used Wrights W3N so much that I bought a second one for another bike - and am looking for a couple more! Really comfortable and looks good with the textured top and chromed rails. Lighter and more flexible than the Brooks B17 it is most closely equivalent to, I didn't need to break them in to my shape or do anything other than 'fit & sit' - a lot less faffing around than B17's, which I have found need adjusting every now and then as the thicker leather stretches. Arguably they might not last as long as the Brooks, but they are a lot cheaper and are a viable alternative - and will still probably outlive me! No doubt about it, Brooks are the top of the tree, but Wrights are a very close second as far as I'm concerned. Back in the 70's if you bought a good 'racing bike' from a shop in England it could come with either a Wrights or Brooks saddle and we considered them both just as good. Lower end bikes came with Lycett or Middlemores saddles and there was nothing wrong with those either, except that they didn't like the wet so much, a bit of a drawback in the English climate:-)
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