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Old 05-23-11, 03:59 AM
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Brooks b45

I've got the chance to pick up a brooks saddle at a reasonable price, the seller thinks it's a b45, but I can't find any info on vintage b45's. Are they reasonable saddles?
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Old 05-23-11, 04:37 AM
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Could you recheck the model number and provide a picture?
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Old 05-23-11, 05:43 AM
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The seller isn't sure of the model number, hence him thinking it's a 45. I'll try to get a pic from his post...
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Here's a pic https://m.flickr.com/photos/45080961@N07/5517495287/
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I think that's good. There was a special lightweight model that was used on high end bikes, and it had a higher number than 15 or 17 or something... B 45 might be it, I just can't remember. But if it's a narrow leather saddle in good condition, it's worth picking up. If it's a high end one in good condition and pretty old (50+ years) they can command pretty high prices on ebay ($100+).

Edit... no, I was thinking of the B37, the lightweight one that came on the 1950's RRA.

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This Brooks looks like a B-15 from the top and bottom pictures. My B15s have a very light stamping on the sides so they are hard to read after being used a number of decades. So miss-reading B45 for B15 is a strong possibility. It looks a little "splayed" in the sides, but that is easily fixed.



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Well I've bitten the bullet and bought it. Once it arrives i'll take some better pictures and hopefully get a proper idea of what it is. I'm happy with a b15 so that would be fine. I'll do a bit of reading up in the meantime... I already have some kiwi leather polish in the cupboard ;-)
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Old 05-27-11, 03:09 PM
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And here it is:

Brooks Champion Standard B15







Looks to be in good condition but obviously aged. The leather isn't torn and the finish is scuffed but solid.
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Nice.
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Invest in a tin of Brooks Proofhide and be cautious of using other leather products unless you are certain of their effect on saddle leather.

Yours looks to be in decent shape and it's tough to beat the old Brooks saddles. I've got a Brooks Pro and several B-17's. The B-17 Flyer (sprung saddle) I have on my Shogun is just about the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden.
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Welcome to the club! I've got one just like (that looks like the plastic Brooks tag on the back) and it's great. I'm almost completely converted to Brooks saddles on my bikes, and have B15s (2 of them) B17, Flyer, Swallow, and Team Pro's. Every one of them is comfortable.
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I have a B-15 that came on my 1971 Schwinn Sports Tourer in just about that same condition. How much did you pay if you don't mind me asking.
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Old 05-28-11, 02:20 AM
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I'm in the UK and bought it over a UK-based forum for 25, which I thought was ok.
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