Sunday, January 18, 2009

No. 13. Brooks Saddles, to quote my former
Jersey roommate Matt Bovino, "Splownge"

Photo credit: Ray Dobbins

God, I love this. I can't exactly place the name, but there was a comedian who said that after he passed from this world he hoped to be reincarnated as a woman's bicycle seat. I don't know if I share his sentiment, but it wouldn't be so bad if you were reborn as a Brooks saddle. Good construction, even greater comfort, and classic good looks. Each saddle comes with a little metal plate riveted to the back, with the Brooks logo. This particularly beautiful type example sits atop a 1961 Masi Special replica. Kinda makes me wonder why their later saddles don't have the classic serif face, and instead a really terribly kerned san serif. Definitely food for thought.

(The most recent batches of Brooks saddles now have the old serif type. And they're also about $40 more than when I last bought one. I guess the markup is to pay for all those extra, as the Bauhaus called it, inefficient serifs. Boo on Brooks.)

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