Posts Tagged ‘Brooks Saddle’

IMG_1128I was cycling home from work on Monday when out of the corner of my eye I spotted an ice cream work cycle. Even at 200 yards I could see it was a Pashley and so rushed over for a quick look.  The tricycle was beautifully kitted out with umbrella, bell and of course a ton of delicious ice cream.   As you would expect from a Pashley the attention to detail was second to none, the bike having a high quality frame (great lugs) and even a Brooks B33 saddle.  The proud owners, Cafe BonBon, rent this 1920’s style work cycle for weddings, fêtes, etc… You can find all the details HERE or by telephoning 07515 893294.

I could not resist taking some photos of my Pashley roadster with the Pashley ice cream tricycle.



While chatting with Mr BonBon we realised that my ukulele band ‘The Night Owls’ and the 1920’s work cycle are both looking to lend a little nostalgia to weddings and garden parties.  Well that seems like an opportunity to post a ukulele video; so here are ‘The Night Owls’ performing the 1925 classic ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’.  If you want to lend an air of vintage sophistication to your event or function, get on and book the Cafe BonBon ice cream cycle and The Night Owls band.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ – The Night Owls (live) from Nipper on Vimeo.

The ice cream Pashley came fully stocked with some great flavours and the generous owner let me sample some of the raspberry.  This act of generosity cyclist to cyclist got me thinking…

If there is any cyclist out there in internet land who wants a FREE UKULELE LESSON just post a comment here and I will arrange one with you.  If you live too far away to cycle for the lesson, I can arrange a video lesson live on Skype.



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For most of my bicycle life I have ridden on a brooks saddle, to be more precise a B17 standard.  The saddle has been my comfortable seat for many thousands of miles and in my younger days allowed me to ride long tours, with 100 mile plus days, whilst suffering no ill effects.


My well used B17, temporarily away from my touring bike which I am re-building.

So after 20 years on the B17 I was excited to try the sprung B33 on my new Pashley Roadster Sovereign.  The B33 is a magnificent saddle, a work of art.  With it’s 3 spring arrangement it soaks up all the bumps in the road.  However, this was not the saddle for me! Despite much tweaking I just could not get the thing to feel right, it was just too big and springy.  So enter the B66. Today I had one fitted to my Pashley and what a difference, a much firmer ride which suits me much better. I just have to break it in!

b66 b33Top: B33 / Below: B66
b66 b33 backTop: B33 / Below: B66

So whilst I was changing my new Brooks saddles, Jim (see Roadsters!) was sorting out the saddle for his 1955 Raleigh roadster.  When he got the bicycle it had a nasty modern plastic saddle, but with a little investigation he found the original saddle still existed in the shed of the bike’s previous owner.  So Jim is now the proud owner of a Brooks B83.  This little beauty is no longer in the Brooks catalogue, but is the three rail version of the B73 which is still manufactured.

B83B83 2B83 3

Jim’s 1955 B83
roadstersRoadsters with new B66 and old B83

So all this Brooks saddle investigation got me thinking about how wonderful it is that the worlds best bicycle saddles are made in Smethwick in the UK.  The people at Brooks have made a wonderful promotional film all about the Brooks Heritage.




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