Brookes saddle.

Porsche924

Active Member
Location
South Wales
Last summer restored a Charlton stadium. It came with the original plastic saddle which is in poor condition. I have looked on e bay for a genuine Brookes leather saddle. There are lots for sale. The trouble is there are so many different models of Brookes saddles. Could anyone recommend one for this model of bike?
 

byegad

Legendary Member
Location
NE England
Having suffered for a thousand miles on a B17, buy a Specialised Body Geometry and be comfortable.
 

CanucksTraveller

Macho Business Donkey Wrestler
Location
Hertfordshire
I think the Swallow or the Swift models would look best on a Carlton racer and be more in keeping with the shape that would have been on it originally.

Comfort wise, yes there are saddles that might be more comfortable out of the box but I think I pick up from your question that aesthetic is important to your restoration. And besides, Brooks get better and better with some age. There are shortcuts to softening them too.
 

Moodyman

Guru
Normal size backside so what would you suggest?
Normal is a relative term. The key is getting one wide enough for your ass. And a good DIY method is to get a piece of cardboard of the tomato box variety i.e. those that have scope to give when you sit on them. The cardboard that comes with cereal boxes is no good as it's already flat.

Then place cardboard on a flat surface and sit on it with no clothes in. It should create two dimples in the cardboard where your sit bones dig in.

Measure the width between the centre of the dimples and order appropriate width saddle.

If you order too wide a saddle you'll get chafing on the inner thigh, and if too narrow, your sit bones won't be supported so you'll be sitting on the soft tissue between your ass and sack (or lady lips).
 
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Profpointy

Legendary Member
I would say either B17 or Team Pro are the most "normal" Brooks saddles, the latter suiting me best of all. That said, and echoing comments upthread, what matters is what suits you rather than what suits me. I can't envisage ever buying anything else, and have never need to "break one in" whatever that means. However they don't suit everyone.
 
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Porsche924

Porsche924

Active Member
Location
South Wales
Normal is a relative term. They key is getting one wide enough for your ass. And a good DIY method is to get a piece of cardboard of the tomato box variety i.e. those that have scope to give when you sit on them. The cardboard that comes with cereal boxes is no good as it's already flat.

Then place cardboard on a flat surface and sit on it with no clothes in. It should create two dimples in the cardboard where your site bones dug in.

Measure the width between the centre of the dimples and order appropriate width saddle.

If you order too wide a saddle you'll get chafing on the inner thigh, and if too narrow, your sit bones won't be supported so you'll be sitting on the soft tissue between your ass and sack (or lady lips).
Thanks. Better do that test when yo are on your own or you may get some funny looks.
 

Teamfixed

Tim Lewis
A long way back I had a couple of Brooks Professional saddles, the ones with the big copper rivets.
I really liked them and they look very authentic.
 

All uphill

I didn't recognise you but I knew your bike
Location
Somerset
Here's a thumbs up for the Spa Nidd. Half the price, looks good and, to me, is super comfortable. Every time I get on the bike it feels like sitting on a lump of concrete (and weighs as much) but 50 miles later I'm still comfortable.

It may not work for you, but should resell for a good price if that's the case.
 
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