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Brooks Saddles and Bags
B-17, B-17 Narrow , B-17 Ti , Swift , Swallow Classic , B-18, Flyer, and B-67
Brooks saddles are one of the most popular items at Bicycle Classics. Sure, they're perfect for many restorations, but that's not all. Many Brooks designs, especially the B-17 standard, align very well with the part of the rider's behind that is meant to be supported by a saddle. The result is that the classic retro Brooks saddle actually is better at preventing some of the potential "men's health" issues than other saddles. Of course, everyone is different, and any rider should discontinue use of any saddle that causes problems in those areas.
For racing / high performance touring saddles, Brooks models come in three widths. The B-17 Standard is the widest of the three, the B-17 narrow is the narrowest, and the Team Pro models have a width between that of the two B-17 models. The B-17 standard and the Team Pro models are the most popular.
It takes a while to break in a Brooks saddle. Note that over-use of softening agents and even over-use of Brooks Proofide can result in oversoftening of the leather - thereby ruining it. Getting the saddle wet can ruin it also. Despite all of these warnings, it must be remembered that most riders will enjoy their Brooks saddles for a great many years.
Brooks is proud to stand behind their saddles. They offer a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.
A note about British Racing Green - it's really a very dark, almost black, leather. The green tint is more visible from underneath, but don't be scared off by the sound of a "green" saddle - it's really quite beautiful with the copper-plated rails.
A note about Brooks saddle widths: B-17 Standard is 170-173 mm wide depending on model, Men's Team Pro is 160, Women's Team Pro is 177, B-17 Narrow is 155, Swift is 152.
Brooks Seat Bags
These are beautifully made Italian leather bags! Each bag is an exact replica of a vintage, early 1900s Brooks design, and comes with a soft, flannel drawstring pouch. The Challenge is the smallest bag, while the D-Shaped is a bit larger, and separates into two pieces for easy access to the zippered inner bag. The tool roll weighs two pounds complete, and contains several tools for "on the road" repairs. Available in Black, Honey, and sometimes Antique Brown, to coordinate with the Brooks saddles. A real treat!
Selle San Marco Rolls and other NOS & New SaddlesRolls saddles (approx. 375 grams with the steel rails) were made by Selle San Marco. The smooth black leather Selle Royal Men's Superleggero (approx. 350 grams) looks very similar to the old Avocet Touring III. The black suede Selle Italia anatomic-style saddles (approx. 360 grams for the Women's model) look very similar to the old Avocet Touring II saddles, and are inked "Norco" on the back edge.
Simplex 'two-nut' #1500 Seatposts
These are very French, one-piece cast aluminum seatposts. They will do the job, but probably won't win any beauty contests. They have looks only their Mother could love, shall we say.... Fluted shaft, "French" micro-adjustable pivoting two-nut adjustment system, approx. 210 mm long. Supply is now limited on these. For a vintage French bike - or any bike that uses these sizes, this is one of the best posts we can find for the money. You can also use shims with these to adapt them to lots of other sizes.
These are not the classic 'badged' or 'decaled' steel Simplex posts. Only a few sizes remain. Note: these are not generally considered to be attractive seat posts, (malheureusement...), though some folks dig them, especially at this price!!
NOS Vintage Campagnolo Record and SR SeatpostsSupply is generally limited on these. We usually have at least some NOS one-bolt 27.2 Super Record posts, as well as some 2-bolt vintage Record posts in 26.8, 27.0, and 27.2 sizes. For others please inquire.
Zeus (Spanish) and ITM (Italian) SeatpostsSupply is very limited on these nice vintage posts. Can be shimmed to larger sizes.
Nitto (Japanese) Crystal Fellow Forged SeatpostsThese are very finely crafted posts. 250 mm long (vs. 180 mm for most standard vintage posts), but still very light at about 250 grams. Forged head, forged (one-bolt) clamp, silver in color. 14 mm of setback (offset). Also available in a 300 mm version (same price) - please inquire.
Nitto (lugged and brazed!) S-84 Wayback SeatpostsThese are also very finely crafted posts, and are designed to coordinate with the beautiful lugged stems. 250 mm long (vs. 180 mm for most standard vintage posts), chrome moly steel, but still only about 345 grams in weight. About 17 mm more setback than a typical post (37 vs. 20), satin chrome in color. Check out the matching stem!!!
Nitto (Japanese) S-83 Forged SeatpostsThese are very finely crafted posts. 250 mm long (vs. 180 mm for most standard vintage posts), but still very light at about 275 grams. Forged head, forged (two-bolt) clamp, silver in color. 23 mm of setback.
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