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CLASSIC CORNER: Saddles

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Please contact me at: hilarystone@hilarystone.com to check on availability and confirm shipping cost.

PLEASE NOTE that you get exactly what is in the pictures, not more or less unless specified differently in the text.

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BROOKS
Brooks changed the badge design on their saddles in around 1954 from an oval design to a trapezum shape. There are a few exceptions – mostly more recent Books saddles that have been recreations.

B17 These were the standard saddle of choice on medium to high end British bikes for more than sixty years. They came in two widths Standard and Narrow.

B17 Standard Oval Badge

CCL1A BROOKS B27 c1948–53 This is the wider model equal in width to the B17 Standard. The B27, B37, B47 and B57 models were introduced by Brooks about 1950 with an aluminium cantleplate and stainless steel rails Lots of fine cracks in leather essentially excellent saddle with good shape etc £125

 

 

B17 Narrow (B17N) Oval Badge

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CCL2B BROOKS B17N Brown Oval badge some chunks have been taken out of the top but still a good riding saddle SOLD Please ask about similar saddles

 

 

B17 Standard Trapezium Badge

Sorry none at present

 

 

B17 Narrow (B17N) Trapezium Badge

CCL4 BROOKS B17N late 50s/1960s very good £45

 

CCL4B BROOKS B17N late 50s/1960s heavily modded with curved cantleplate and tightly trimmed added perforations to skirt very good £45

 

B17 Swallow
Introduced in late 1935 this design was continued through to the late 1960s. Despite looking extra narrow it is the same width as a B17N. Brooks revived the Swallow design first in the 1980s with several recreations…

CCL5B BROOKS B17 SWALLOW 1950s/60s stitching has started to split on wire underneath but generally very good and rideable £95

 

 

 

B17F, B17 Specials and B17 Competition
These were specific race orientated saddles without saddle bag loops. The B17 Competition repaced the B17F and Specials in 1955, often seen with a Dressed Leather top.

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CCL6 BROOKS B17F SPECIAL c1953 This model with the pre-war style cutouts in the top of the leather, no bag loops was made only for a couple of years – 1953 and 1954 before being superseded by the Competition – it was specifically designed for road racing. Very good £65

 

 

B17 Sprinter
Made for track use from the 1920s onwards and the narrowest of all the designs, sometimes seen with incongrous saddle bag loops…

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CCL7 BROOKS B17 SPRINTER has been fitted with new top and larger rivets Excellent proper saddle leather £125

 


B17 Flyer
Midway in width between a Narrow and a Sprinter it was originally marketed as a saddle for massed-start racing. Intoduced in 1936 and dropped from the range in the early 1960s, always quite a rare saddle.

 

Sorry none at present

 


Professional
Introduced in 1963 the Pro was Brooks top saddle with the very best leather hide. There are a number of different types with different sizes of rivet almost all being copper…

CCL9 BROOKS PROFESSIONAL 1960s Very good The skirt has been slightly trimmed & one corner is stained £35

 

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CCL9C BROOKS PROFESSIONAL 1960s Very good to excellent £45

 

 

B15
Produced in Standard, Narrow, Flyer, Swallow versions with a slightly lower grade of hide leather than the B17s

CCL12 BROOKS B15N Early 1960s quite unusual narrow version of the B15 in very good to excellent condition. £55

 

 

IDEALE

CCL11 IDEALE MODEL 90 with swinging cantleplate rare and popular with French cyclotourists and randonneurs not sagged and with only some small marks £125

 

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CCL11A IDEALE 75 WOMENS SPRUNG SADDLE complete with clip looks almost unused £29

 

MANSFIELD
The main rival to Brooks with a large variety of designs.

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CCL13 MANSFIELD BATH ROAD very good some rust on rivets but a good rideable saddle £75

 

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CCL13A MANSFIELD BATH ROAD very good £65

 

CCL17 MANSFIELD NORTH ROAD 1930s–50s with aluminium girder rails not the correct clamp but looks like it should work leather has quite a number of marks and is missing the metal inserts for the bag loops but a really rare saddle £95

 

 

UNICA-NITOR & CINELLI UNICANITOR
This was the first of the modern plastic saddles and was I think introduced around 1959–60. Cino Cinelli was approached by Tommaso Nieddu of Turin, (founder of Vittoria derailleur company) to propose a collaboration on the production of a new plastic saddle, the Unica-Nitor. They consult with Giotto Cinelli who by then had many years of experience with the injection molding of plastics. Cino enters into partnership with Nieddu in 1962. First version has square-section steel rails and a dedicated steel seatpost later replaced with a conventional round-section steel rail version for use with conventional seat posts. The early saddles are marked Unica Nitor. I am not sure when the Cinelli name was added and when they became Unicanitor. Initially they had nose-tension bolt like leather saddles, this was dropped I think in the late 60s… And new models with padding and a leather top were introduced in the late 60s. Despite looking uncomfortable most riders find them very comfortable.

CCL16A UNICA NITOR SADDLE Orange albeit a bit faded with adjuster some marks but nothing deep £55

 

 

 

Other Makes

CCL14 PRYMA 717 SPECIAL very nice quality Pryma saddle from the 1950s Excellent £38

 

CCL18 WRIGHTS MATTRESS unusual pre-war saddle favoured by some riders in the 1930s £39

 

 

 

 

 




Shipping costs:

Saddles
UK: £4
Europ
e: £9
North America: £12
Rest of World: £14


The figures above are
estimates, rates may change in
special circimstances.
Contact us for more info.


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