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Brooks B17 "Competition Standard" saddle, vintage?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Rob998, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    I made a slightly weird find today whilst walking the dog.

    It's a leather Brooks B17 Competition Standard saddle. I think it might be a really old one, even though it doesn't look very worn.

    It doesn't have the riveted "Brooks" tag on the back, which apparently dates it to the mid '60s?

    Not sure what to do with it, tbh. Is there a market for these things?
  2. Andrewxyz

    Andrewxyz pfm Member

    Brooks saddles are very popular & I think some people even collect them. Quality has apparently gone down the tubes since a takeover a while back so a vintage one in good nick will be worth a few beer tokens. Check eBay ?

    It's not really the sort of thing that gets abandoned though, unless you've got a very sore arse after a ride!

    (4 Brooks & a Gilles Berthoud I've not ridden on yet)
  3. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    Found what looks like a date stamp "B 66". It's nice, but not mint, the frame paint could do with a touch up and there are a couple of scuffs on the back corners of the seat, pretty much where it would scuff when you lean your bike against a wall. They give it character!
  4. Andrewxyz

    Andrewxyz pfm Member

    B66 ? that's a sprung model, cousin to my 2 Conquests.

    A picture would be useful.
  5. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    No, it's a B17, that's embossed into the leather, the B 66 is stamped into the metal frame. Could mean it was built in Feb 1966 apparently.

    I'll try to upload a few pics later.
  6. lsinclair

    lsinclair pfm Member

    I'd like to know if you decide to sell it on - might go nicely on my 35 year old Coventry Eagle!
  7. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    I don't have a bike that it would suit, so that's a distinct possibility. Was going to buy a Bianchi if I hit my weight loss target, but that's gone tits up a bit, so it's going to sit around for a few months at least, plus it wouldn't really look the part on a modern bike.

    Will mull it over today and sort out some photos (need to open a Flickr account now that Photobucket isn't viable.
  8. andrewhockley

    andrewhockley pfm Member

    How on earth do you find a B17 on a dog walk, exactly?
  9. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    It was on the canal path. It doesn't look like it's been attached to a bike for quite some time, so it's either been lost or discarded.
  10. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    I think you might notice the sudden disappearance of your saddle!
  11. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    maybe the result of a theft? hand it in to the police?
  12. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    I'd love to see the look on the policeman's face as you hand over the decaying remains of an ancient bicycle saddle. :rolleyes:
  13. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    around here you would hailed a generous, kind and honest man if you tried to hand something in that was the product of a theft. Given the OPs writings it sounds in reasonably good condition, and in no way decayed.

    If the police don't want it then fine do as you will. But at least you'd know.
  14. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    I'm off work tomorrow, so I think, just to be on the safe side, I'll pop in to the police station and see if it's been reported missing. If it's the final piece to someones period restoration or much-loved grandads bike and some scrote has had away with it, then it's possible they've reported it.

    I did give it a bit of a clean and a bit of leather food so it probably looks a lot better than it has for years!
  15. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    good karma :)
  16. sam_cat

    sam_cat C'est Crounchifique!

    .... ;)
  17. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale


    Just got back from the cop shop. Once I explained to the civilian desk lady that the saddle was actually not a cheap bit of old crap, she disappeared for a few minutes and purportedly checked to see if it had been reported stolen or lost, although she could have just gone for a ciggy/coffee I suppose.

    Anyway no vintage bikes or parts thereof have been reported lost or stolen over the last couple of weeks. She did ask me if I wanted to hand it in, but her tone definitely suggested that she didn't want me to...

    As a final good karma safeguard, I'll pop into the pub on the canal, which has a few keen cyclists as punters, and ask if anyone has mentioned losing it.
  18. kitemap

    kitemap Immoderate

  19. Artioneer

    Artioneer tripath walker

  20. kitemap

    kitemap Immoderate

    No, it's a Swift titanium. They made 90 of them for Alex Moulton's 90th Birthday about 7 years ago.

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