The standard in quality bicycle saddles, crafted from thick, sturdy leather and affixed to a high-carbon steel frame. Available in both mens and womens styles. Produced for over 100 years by skilled craftsmen in Smethwick, England. Matching leather bike grips available in honey. (
John Boultbee Brooks established a business producing horse harnesses and other leather goods in Birmingham, England in 1866 under the name JB Brooks & Co. When his own horse met an untimely end and a borrowed bicycle became Brooks’ chosen mode of transportation, this enterprising gentleman was inspired to use the same sturdy leather that had made his harnesses so popular to design a comfortable, durable bike seat. Since filing its first leather saddle patent in 1882, the Brooks company name has become synonymous with quality in the field of handcrafted leather goods for the cyclist.
This particular saddle, the company’s flagship model and a bestseller for over a century, is designed with a wide range of users and conditions in mind. It is suitable for long distance sports touring, trekking, and all terrain bicycles, as well as for the everyday rider. As comfortable as it is handsome, the vegetable-tanned leather construction of this saddle allows it to conform over time to your own unique requirements and banishes discomfort. The material of the seat is also naturally breathable, while the stainless steel rivets, high carbon steel frame, and black steel rails allow for maximum strength and durability and feature loops for the attachment of a traditional English-style touring bag.
To obtain maximum comfort, it is important to remember that the widest part of the saddle should bear your weight. The peak is intended solely to ensure a steady and secure ride.
It is important that you apply saddle lubrication every couple of months (Brooks recommends Proofide), protect the leather from rain and moisture, and maintain and adjust the tension of your saddle over time.
At the Brooks factory in Smethwick, England traditional leather working techniques and manufacturing skills are passed down from generation to generation, while some machinery dates back as far as the 1940s and 1950s.
A saddle begins as a leather blank that is soaked and then partially dried before being shaped, or blocked, in a male or female mold. The saddle is then repeatedly dried and molded until it is ready to be cut into its final shape. Using a sharp blade, the craftsman slices aways the excess from the saddle, which is then embossed with the appropriate stamp and affixed to a strong, high-carbon steel frame.
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