Brooks England Koa Wood Bicycle Saddle :)

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Lol... I assume this is their B17 saddle. Had one decades ago. I can vouch that they "opened up" with time and usage.
 

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Looks like vinyl to me. I have a similar one in that color on my ebike...
 

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Looks like vinyl to me. I have a similar one in that color on my ebike...
Brooks England have been making and selling the B17 model for over 100 years. If it's a genuine Brooks B17, it'll will be leather.
 

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Remember the Brooks Professional with the big copper rivets?

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In addition to my " Koa Wood " B-17 , I have a B-17 Special Titanium , and a B-17 Special Flyer .
 

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So is the one in the post a new one for you? Do you use neatsfoot oil to help break it in or just keep hitting it with a baseball bat?
 

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So is the one in the post a new one for you? Do you use neatsfoot oil to help break it in or just keep hitting it with a baseball bat?
Post is a product shot from Brooks England website , but I do have that saddle .
I follow Brooks instruction for using Proofide .
The way I break in my Brooks is by riding .
 
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I was so confused, I thought there was koa on the saddle somewhere, but I couldn't think where they would use wood. Maybe for the Brooks logo on the back. I love Brooks, but surprisingly, I don't think I've every ridden a B17. I have a swift on my bike, a swallow waiting for a build, and a flyer on my wife's.
 

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I am a Brooks convert and have the B17 carved in “Koa”. I also have the B17 in “Ebony”. Yes they certainly open up with time
 
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Sweet "17's" but all my Brooks are the "Swift" road model in "honey blonde" ... sweet rides.
 

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One look at that saddle is all it takes to remind me of why I ride recumbents!
 

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I still have a mint black/big rivets saddle like KKimura's... along with my Raleigh Competition GS that I used to road race in college for Pernod mineral water (not sure if they're even still around...) a loooong time ago.... early/mid 1980's

Also still have the extra set of Comp GS wheels laced with Fiamme ergal rims with Clemente silk sew-ups for the track on a rack in the garage....
 

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I still have a mint black/big rivets saddle like KKimura's... along with my Raleigh Competition GS that I used to road race in college for Pernod mineral water (not sure if they're even still around...) a loooong time ago.... early/mid 1980's

Also still have the extra set of Comp GS wheels laced with Fiamme ergal rims with Clemente silk sew-ups for the track on a rack in the garage....
Sorry, didn't mean to mislead anyone but that big rivet Brooks Professional in the pic isn't mine. I just lusted after them during my biking days.
 

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I still have a mint black/big rivets saddle like KKimura's... along with my Raleigh Competition GS that I used to road race in college for Pernod mineral water (not sure if they're even still around...) a loooong time ago.... early/mid 1980's

Also still have the extra set of Comp GS wheels laced with Fiamme ergal rims with Clemente silk sew-ups for the track on a rack in the garage....

Oh man, that's a really nice looking bike. I have a Raleigh too, but unfortunately it's not pre turn of the century. I put on some down tube shifters, but I wish I coulda replaced the stem with a quill. Really liked the old Raleighs, even though they were a bit before my time. Shame they don't keep making steel anymore.
 

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It's like ukes...there are still custom builders around, but most everything you see in stores is made in a giant (no pun intended) factory in china!

Btw, cycling was another activity that took off during COVID, some shops ran out of stock and had long wait lists for repairs.
 

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Oh man, that's a really nice looking bike. I have a Raleigh too, but unfortunately it's not pre turn of the century. I put on some down tube shifters, but I wish I coulda replaced the stem with a quill. Really liked the old Raleighs, even though they were a bit before my time. Shame they don't keep making steel anymore.
Thanks. I always cleaned it after every run (race or practice). Frame & fork blades are actually double-butted Reynolds 531 alloy combo to make it a lot lighter than standard. Even the wheel spokes are double-butted to lighten them up. Drive train all Campagnolo.

Changing a tube in a sew-up tire by the side of the road is lots of fun (make sure you have a little bottle of gas to eat up the glue so you can get the tire off :rolleyes:)...
 

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