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Brooks England B-17 Saddle
What you’re looking at is the Ford Model T of bicycle saddles. It can’t claim the strength of Kevlar or the weightlessness of carbon, but it doesn’t need to. It’s a vintage classic.
Brooks has been manufacturing this handsome throwback for nearly 120 years. The English company uses copper rivets to pin down a tough piece of leather, and as you rack up the miles, that leather softens and bends itself to the contours of your body and the rhythm of your cadence. It’s a personal saddle, one that responds in a way that newer styles can’t. Sure it weighs more than three times as much as some of the performance-style saddles. And yeah, you’re going to have to rub it down with Proofide a few times a year. But those are small inconveniences for quality.
Fancy, tech-heavy saddles are never better than the day they were purchased, but after about a thousand miles on the B17, I still feel it growing softer and more comfortable with every ride.
$99 at REI.
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Brooks England B-17 Saddle

What you’re looking at is the Ford Model T of bicycle saddles. It can’t claim the strength of Kevlar or the weightlessness of carbon, but it doesn’t need to. It’s a vintage classic.

Brooks has been manufacturing this handsome throwback for nearly 120 years. The English company uses copper rivets to pin down a tough piece of leather, and as you rack up the miles, that leather softens and bends itself to the contours of your body and the rhythm of your cadence. It’s a personal saddle, one that responds in a way that newer styles can’t. Sure it weighs more than three times as much as some of the performance-style saddles. And yeah, you’re going to have to rub it down with Proofide a few times a year. But those are small inconveniences for quality.

Fancy, tech-heavy saddles are never better than the day they were purchased, but after about a thousand miles on the B17, I still feel it growing softer and more comfortable with every ride.

$99 at REI.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 30th 2011

Tags bikes bicycles saddles brooks b 17 b17 ford model t gear cc proofide leather vintage classic