I now have Birmingham’s finest under my bum as I cycle along. The wonder of the B-17 cycle saddle, is that it may be rock hard (and don’t you feel it after a while) but it moulds and softens to give you that perfect shape. Unlike a gel saddle it will last and last and last while still remaining timeless.
I have a recently restored classic road bike, the Falcon Shane Sutton Special from the 1980’s. The bike was great but was missing a period saddle to complete the look. I found the Standard B-17 Brooks Saddle from Activesport.co.uk for a rather cheap £40 for quality, others have found the company to be annoying but they were fine with me it was merelyRoyal Mail being slow. In the package you get the saddle and a tightening wrench to tighten the leather as it stretches, as well as a really cool idea of a Brooks newspaper.
So I applied Proofride (Brooks saddlewax ) to my saddle and coated the underside of the saddle along with boot waterproofer. Waiting to permiate and then buffed it off with a Brooks cloth for a nice even shine (although my bum would prob of done the same thing.)
Then stuck the saddle on the bike and it really completed the look, I have only done about 10 miles on it since I first used it on Friday but it is really good. I will give a full report as it breaks in (around the 100 mile point although with the hot weather we are having prob a lot faster.)