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Brooks Bicycle Saddles

Brooks saddles on this page: Team Professional | Swift w/Titanium rails | Brown B72 | Countess All Terrain | Torelli Tipo Uno leather saddle conditioner

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Brooks England is one of the oldest companies in cycling. Though the English company had been making leather goods since 1866, it began making bicycle saddles in the 1880s.

The story is that saddle manufacturer John Boultbee Brooks found the wooden seat on his bicycle very uncomfortable, and figured out how to make a leather saddle by stretching leather between a rear plate and a nose piece which were attached to a pair of steel rails.

The firm thrived and was purchased by Raleigh, then the largest bicycle company in the world, in 1962. The Raleigh Bicycle Company failed in 1999. Brooks was purchased from the collapsed company and production continued in England.

A couple of years later Selle Royal of Italy bought Brooks. The factory remains in West Midlands, England, though it is managed from Selle Royal's headquarters in Pozzoleone, Italy.

Though a leather saddle is hardly the lightest seat one can put on a bike, it has one huge advantage. A properly cared for leather saddle will mould itself to the rider's body. For some riders there is no saddle comfort like that of a well-made leather saddle that has shaped itself to the rider after he has ridden it for thousands of miles.

Brooks Team Professional leather saddle. Used, $90.00

Brooks describes the saddle thus: The Team Professional is the classic Brooks racing saddle, still a perfect saddle for road cycling, gravel riding and fast touring. In production for half a century and originating from the earlier B17 Competition, the Team Pro is Brooks’ toughest, longest-lasting leather saddle that truly deserves the description 'timeless classic'. Finished with large, hand-hammered copper rivets for added longevity, hand-skived lower flaps and a chromed steel frame assembly. Made in England.

Brooks Team professional saddle

A classic.

Brooks Team Pro saddle

Here is is turned around to show the other side.

Brooks Team Pro saddle

From behind.

Brooks Team Professional

Rails and base.

Brooks Team Pro saddle

Close-up, showing some defects in the surface.

Brooks Team Pro saddle

The other side

Brooks Swift Titanium-rail saddle with cover. New, $300.00

Part# 40206

  • Rails are Titanium
  • Weight: Around 390-400 grams
  • Brown leather
  • Comes with tin of Brooks Proofide leather saddle dressing

Brooks describes the Swift saddle thus:
The handsome Swift is the youngest gentleman's racing saddle in the Brooks range. It features delicately hand skived lower sides, where a thin stripe of the leather top surface is cut back, thus exposing the lighter coloured suede beneath which makes for an attractive visual accent and greater comfort when pedalling.

The large copper rivets at the nose and tail are also hammered by hand, commensurate with Brooks' usual high level of attention to detail. As is the case with all of their hand manufactured saddles, the Swift proudly sports a metal nameplate at the rear and two embossed graphic details on the sides featuring the saddle name and incorporating an icon of a Swift in flight.

Swift Titanium saddle

New, in the box.

Swift Titanium

The famous Brooks name-plate can be seen riveted to the back.

Swift saddle cover

And it comes with a saddle cover.

Brooks B72 Brown double-rail sprung leather saddle. Used, $90.00

Brooks B72 saddle production began in 1935 and for decades was the saddle that came with Raleigh Sports 3-speed bicycles. The wide design makes for comfortable riding in a 3-speed's upright position.

Its spring loops to gives the saddle lots of compliance and shock absorption.

Important: The double-sprung design requires either a special clamp for a regular straight seat post or an adapter for a modern post. We currently have both and can supply either one when you purchase one of our B72 saddles.

Brooks B72 saddle

A wide saddle, designed to be comfortable for upright riding.

Brooks B72 saddle

Here it is turned around so you can see the other side.

Brooks B72 saddle

From behind, You can it has saddle loops on the back for a rear saddlebag.

Brooks B72 saddle

Here's the underside

Brooks Countess All Terrain sprung leather saddle. Used, $150

The Countess All Terrain is the women's version of the Brooks Conquest saddle. The maker posted this description of the Conquest saddle:

Long popular as a sportier equivalent to the legendary Brooks Flyer, the Conquest is more similar in length to a racing saddle, but with springs for long distance comfort. Finished off with hand-hammered rivets, the Conquest is a must for Randonneurs, ultra marathon cyclists, and dedicated commuters when comfort is a priority. 

First made in 1988, this slimline, sporty, sprung saddle was designed to bridge the gap between our lighter racing pieces and those equipped with suspension coils. Through the late '80s and early '90s the Conquest was well regarded among mountain bikers. The Conquest has plenty to offer any riders who tend to sit up straight, regardless of whether they're ploughing through icy forests or simply getting around town. The relatively narrow bridge and backplate allow its spring coils sit much closer together than any of our other sprung saddles. It's a feature which contributes to its suitability for high performance off-road cycling, but also one which, when taken together with the unridged tapering leather top and hand hammered copper rivets, gives it a distinguished attractive look.

Brook Countess All Terrain saddle

Wider at the back

Brooks Countess All Terrain

Turned around to show the other side.

Brooks Countess All Terrain

Close-up of the model name stamped into the leather.

Brooks Countess All Terrain saddle

From behind.

Brook Countess All Terrain saddle

Flipped over to give a good look at the springs and rails. That is factory paint.

Torelli Tipo Uno leather saddle conditioner. New, $15.00

Part# 16152

Torelli leather saddle conditioner