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Old 03-11-12, 07:45 AM
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Vintage Brooks Saddle

I just bought this on craigslist.Any body know what era,year its from?I paid $15.Plan on putting on my mountain bike but may resell it.What do you think?Heavy!!1.2 kilos!
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Old 03-11-12, 08:08 AM
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Looks like the fairly common "mattress" saddle from the 70s. I think they came on some Raleighs and Schwinns, and probably a lot more.
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Old 03-11-12, 09:23 AM
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Probably came off an early to mid-70's Raleigh Sprite, or a 3-speed from about the same time period. They sometimes come apart at the rivets and everywhere else, so it might not be the best saddle for rough, heavy use. It is the type of saddle you might use for short rides to the train station, or evening rides around the neighborhood. Keep your eyes open for a Brooks B-17 or B-66 that isn't dried out.

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Originally Posted by cycleheimer View Post
Probably came off an early to mid-70's Raleigh Sprite, or a 3-speed from about the same time period. They sometimes come apart at the rivets and everywhere else, so it might not be the best saddle for rough, heavy use. It is the type of saddle you might use for short rides to the train station, or evening rides around the neighborhood. Keep your eyes open for a Brooks B-17 or B-66 that isn't dried out.
Agreed. Yeah the vinyl tends to get hard and crack and crease and come apart at the rivets. But if it's comfy for you, they're a dime a dozen so I would say ride it till it falls apart and then just grab another one! Until you can find a leather brooks for a reasonable price, that is.
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Agreed. Yeah the vinyl tends to get hard and crack and crease and come apart at the rivets. But if it's comfy for you, they're a dime a dozen so I would say ride it till it falls apart and then just grab another one! Until you can find a leather brooks for a reasonable price, that is.
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I have one just like this (though in better condition) on my Raleigh Superbe. It's my most comfortable saddle. Not worth anything though.
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I use one on my "beer" bike, a 1971 Raleigh Sports Standard, the one I have is either OEM or the second one that was on that bike, I can't recall. They are serviceable, weather proof and for rides under 15 miles are just fine to me. For my longer rides and some daily riders I use the Brooks leather. As far as I can tell the Brooks saddle like you have have been around in one form or another since the 1960's, possibly the late 1950's.

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