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Old 04-29-10, 09:39 AM
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Wanted: B-33 Clone for Chinese Roadster- Is there such a thing?

I've recently gotten a Phoenix Chinese Roadster that I think is great. I know its no Pashley, but anything that can put in the hard duty service like this bike has all over Afica and Asia, and then be fixed with a crescent wrench and a rock by the side of the road is good in my book.

What I really want is a heavy spring saddle like the Brooks B-33, the one with the twisted springs in the back. I've seen a few Chinese and Indian clones of the B-33 overseas, but of course now that I'm in the states there are none to be found. I think the twisted back springs are just the coolest, but I can't bring myself to put a posh english saddle on a workhorse from the developing world, it just doesn't seem right.

So, any ideas on where to get a B-33 clone? Cheap, questionable quality, plastic even, old... thats what I need
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Old 04-29-10, 09:40 AM
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Yellow Jersey in Madison sells Eastman seats that are, I think, exactly what you're looking for. Also you see similar saddles on ebay sometimes.
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Yellow Jersey in Madison sells Eastman seats that are, I think, exactly what you're looking for. Also you see similar saddles on ebay sometimes.
I've inquired to Yellow Jersey and they have discontinued sales of that particular seat, but I'll keep looking on ebay.
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Old 04-29-10, 02:50 PM
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I recommend a Brooks B-73. These were standard on English Roadsters and the triple springs provide comfort over rough surfaces. I have one on my Pashley Guvnor roadster.
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Look on ebay, they sell them there
Here is a link
http://cgi.ebay.com/Gyes-Leather-Bik...#ht_1259wt_941
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http://cgi.ebay.com/Gyes-Leather-Bik...#ht_1259wt_941
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http://cgi.ebay.com/Gyes-Leather-Bik...#ht_1259wt_941

You could probably find a used Brooks saddle for about the same price though if you look around.
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how about velo-orange saddles? cardiff's from taiwan
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All good suggestions, but none have the multi-strand twisted back springs like this or the b33 saddle, which are more heavily sprung for poor road conditions, and I think look darn cool.
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Check it out! They have two other spring versions that is closer to what you want, but I like this version =)
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The B-73 comes with triple springs. It should be good enough for such a heavy bike. If I lived in the Third World, only then would I consider a B-33 for even more comfort on poor roads.
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Originally Posted by Buikema View Post
All good suggestions, but none have the multi-strand twisted back springs like this or the b33 saddle, which are more heavily sprung for poor road conditions, and I think look darn cool.
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While the knockoff versions of these saddles do exist(i've seen em on Ebay) they are very hard to come by, and I believe they stopped making them for lack of demand. You may luck out if you keep an eye on Ebay for a few months, but they are not so easily located anymore. The closest they have on there regularly is the model I posted earlier.
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You can get a B-33 saddle but it will be very expensive today given the pound to dollar exchange ratio. On the other hand, such an investment will last a lifetime.
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Originally Posted by sooprvylyn View Post
While the knockoff versions of these saddles do exist(i've seen em on Ebay) they are very hard to come by, and I believe they stopped making them for lack of demand. You may luck out if you keep an eye on Ebay for a few months, but they are not so easily located anymore. The closest they have on there regularly is the model I posted earlier.
I'll keep my eyes on eBay. I'm patient and I'm sure something will pop up eventually. Thanks all for the options, I'm definitely learning more about saddles than I originally planned.

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I've no doubt the brooks is worth the money, nor that it would last a lifetime. But it still just doesn't go with the 3rd world work bike theme. I can't spend more on a saddle than I did on the bike.
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Contact Morgan Imports. They import the Flying Pigeon bikes and may be able to get a saddle for you.

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Are you looking for these?

http://www.choppersus.com/store/prod...prg-Saddle-DK/



I've seen similar ones for less, but I cannot remember where.
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