Brooks Saddles: A Lifetime of Craftsmanship

“It is not the name of BROOKS that makes the Saddle good, but the Saddle and its excellence which makes the name supreme.”

The age old saying ‘If it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ has never been more apparent than at the BROOKS Saddle company in England. Our friends from The Rolling Fix passed on this great documentary about the history of the world’s most famous cycling saddle brand and their manufacturing process, which has barely changed since the company began making Saddles in 1878. What’s even more amazing is that the company’s current range still features the B-17 which debuted in catalogues as early as the 1890s!

It takes 3 days to make a BROOKS saddle, all by hand and only the butt of a hide is employed. All the cattle comes from the UK and only two tanneries in Europe can provide the 5mm thick hide to BROOKS with the finishing they require to make their Saddles. This documentary is well worth a view if you’re a man that appreciates great quality and traditional handcrafted manufacturing techniques!


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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