Re: Anyone have any idea how old this Brooks is?
By the '70's most bike manufacturers had stopped using Brooks leather saddles on their production bikes- but it could be one purchased separately that age-
Schwinn had them on all their early ten speeds, but by 1968 when I got my first schwinn varsity- it had been replaced by a vinyl seat. They stopped a year or two before that.
I worked in a shop that sold Raleighs in '73 and '74, and they weren't on any Raleigh bike then- but perhaps a three speed still- I don't recall.
When I started racing USCF in '71- Unicanitor was the usual saddle- it was leather overa nylon shell- and you didn't have to break it in like most people did with a Brooks- like it was a leather baseball mitt. Some tourists were still riding Brooks a bit more otherwise, but they died out from there-
although the ones with the extra-large gold rivets have always been a collectors item and expensive new.
Last edited by Nashville Kat; 05-09-2011 at 04:07 PM.