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by WrightsW5
31 Oct 2019, 2:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone collect saddles?
Replies: 26
Views: 1336

Re: Does anyone collect saddles?

Sounds like a B190? :)
Yes, Walsall, Saddle Town, Middlemore & Lamplugh had a factory there, probably mostly horse saddles, bridles etc?
Just remembered, Mr Holden was a leather worker in Walsall, before he went to Australia and ended up with a car brand named after him.
by WrightsW5
31 Oct 2019, 1:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone collect saddles?
Replies: 26
Views: 1336

Re: Does anyone collect saddles?

I get them from ebay, depends what happens to be on there, could be barely useable or NOS, on one of my bikes i've got a Middlemore B3 that was NOS.. I've got Middlemore & Lamplugh saddle which is pre-1920 and great condition, but I haven't rode it yet. If the leather is still strong an old sadd...
by WrightsW5
31 Oct 2019, 12:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone collect saddles?
Replies: 26
Views: 1336

Re: Does anyone collect saddles?

I have got them around the house and garage, I am aware of 33, there may be a slight few more!
by WrightsW5
30 Oct 2019, 11:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone collect saddles?
Replies: 26
Views: 1336

Re: Does anyone collect saddles?

gxaustin wrote:I have a rather poor example of a Mansfield Saddle. Anyone heard of them?
Also Wrights, Ideale and several Brooks.


As mentioned, I have had three of them. The company was owned by Albert Mansfield, they had several locations in the centre of Birmingham and one further out, in the Handsworth suburb.
by WrightsW5
30 Oct 2019, 10:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone collect saddles?
Replies: 26
Views: 1336

Re: Does anyone collect saddles?

They use the toughest leather, from a cow's lower back, called butt leather. They also form it and compress it with massive force in machines. I think they use a vegetable tanning method, maybe oak?
by WrightsW5
30 Oct 2019, 7:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone collect saddles?
Replies: 26
Views: 1336

Re: Does anyone collect saddles?

Thanks. Brooks make their own Proofide treatment which is the most well known, other saddle companies make their versions of it. I think Brooks invented the modern saddle clamp which became the industry standard (before today's micro adjust etc.) I feel designs got narrower in general, Middlemore ev...
by WrightsW5
30 Oct 2019, 1:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone collect saddles?
Replies: 26
Views: 1336

Does anyone collect saddles?

I would like some info on this please, do other people collect saddles also? I have collected bike saddles for 21 years, February 2008 was when I bought my first proper saddle, a Brooks B72 https://www.flickr.com/photos/21720915@N03/2286339518/sizes/z/ So over the nearly 22 years of collecting I hav...
by WrightsW5
18 Sep 2019, 10:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Leather saddle
Replies: 11
Views: 1103

Re: Leather saddle

Surprising there's virtually nothing about the Sella Italia leather range on the forum. I'd definately buy an Epoca if I had a bike that needed it. On one of my bikes i've got a Storica, 149mm width and their lightest, definately one of my favourite saddles ever. It seems like Brooks have stagnated ...
by WrightsW5
7 Apr 2016, 11:02am
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: Name Change
Replies: 135
Views: 64502

Re: Name Change

Can anyone else now use the name CTC then, that would a lucky grab for some other cycling group?
by WrightsW5
7 Apr 2016, 12:31am
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: Name Change
Replies: 135
Views: 64502

Re: Name Change

Why does the CTC want to disown its heritage, it's not like it was run by Jimmy Savile or something? At least NZ saw sense with not going for that new flag rubbish.
by WrightsW5
11 Mar 2016, 10:17pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: CEO's statement
Replies: 92
Views: 36349

Re: CEO's statement

The simple distinctive CTC logo is a million times better than this.

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by WrightsW5
9 Mar 2016, 11:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quadribikes or quadrikes which is the right word?
Replies: 25
Views: 1969

Re: Quadribikes or quadrikes which is the right word?

Yes, just a daydream really. But that first picture I added, one of them would be great for cruising around the suburb or park on a hot sunny day, and the other 364 days of the year.
by WrightsW5
9 Mar 2016, 1:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quadribikes or quadrikes which is the right word?
Replies: 25
Views: 1969

Re: Quadribikes or quadrikes which is the right word?

I'm not into carbon but in this case a superlight carbon quadrike might be very interesting. Or at least 953 steel, so it wouldn't feel like propelling the weight of two average bikes.