Beautiful as a dancer’s slipper and just as sturdy, there’s something utterly balletic about a Brooks saddle. They’re also the comfiest place to perch your bum this side of a sofa (and a better fit on your bike, too).

Invented over 100 years ago by lavishly-bearded John Boultbee Brooks, you can still spot a Brooks saddle by its unique leather design today. John wasn’t always into bikes. He started out as a saddle maker for horses, and it was only when his horse died that he decided to give cycling a go. It’s safe to say that his first ride left him less than impressed and more than a little sore. So, as the Victorians were in the habit of doing, John got down to inventing and created the Brook leather prototype saddle in 1878.

Brooks perfected his saddle, and didn’t stop there – the Brooks company have been responsible for all sorts of weird and wonderful inventions over the years. In their 1926 catalogue alone you can find ‘handlebar muffs’, ‘snap-on leggings’ and a side car screen.

You won’t see any of those in their latest catalogue, but you will spot a few of John’s original seats, almost exactly as he designed them over 100 years ago. Made with top notch leather stretched over a sturdy frame, Brooks saddles have a rep for comfort, longevity and style. And thanks to their sturdiness, we’ve got some fantastic second hand specimens in our shop. They’re still in amazing condition, and are so comfy they’ll have you dancing on your wheels.

Find our second hand Brooks saddles in our shop.

 

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Written on: 16 Mar 2017 | Author: Anna Chapman

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