The Brooks B15 Swallow Saddle was first patented in 1937 and was specifically conceived with the sporting cyclist in mind, the result being a beautiful timeless design and immediatly set the standard by which all modern racing saddles were judged. With its unique design, and beautifully crafted leather upper it has withstood the test of time and come to represent the perfect marriage of form and function.
When it was first conceived many Brooks Saddles were exported to the continent, where they were very popular amongst professional cyclists competing in the various tours and stage races we still know and love today. Today the Brooks B15 Swallow still proudly bears the original patent declaration on the tensioning plate beneath the svelte leather upper. This text retains the word “deposé”, the patent application for the Swallow having initially been registered in the Paris patent office. Thats cool!
- Available in Antique Brown, Black or Honey leather top
- Chrome steel rails with stainless steel rivets
- Perfect saddle for drop bar sport bikes with an aggressive position
- Classic design unchanged from 1937
- Handmade in England
- Length: 285mm, Width: 153mm, Height: 62mm, Weight: 490g
- Also available with superlight titanium rails to order
Breaking in a Brooks Saddle: Brooks saddles are made of thick, high quality leather. Like an excellent pair of shoes, the saddle molds to your individual body shape after a certain period of use, between 150-800km depending on the quality of the leather, (the select range uses much higher quality leather). After the comfort is second to none! **We recommend applying Brooks Proofide onto the top and underside of your saddle every few weeks from new to help it break in and mold to your shape much faster.
Caring for your Brooks Saddle: Just like a pair of leather shoes, Brooks saddles have to be treated once or twice a year with Brooks Proofide, a mix of natural oils, which keeps the saddle from drying out. All Brooks saddles have the ability to tighten (stretch) the leather as it sags. Tightening the leather keeps the saddle feeling like new for years to come. Brooks saddles are not waterproof so we recommend keeping them covered in wet conditions. If the bicycle is stored outside, using a Brooks Waterproof Saddle Cover will protect your saddle in even the harshest of showers.
Brooks Company History: Brooks England was founded in 1866 by John Boultbee Brooks, originally to manufacture leather harnesses and tackle for horses. Legend has it that the death of Mr. Brooks’ horse prompted him to seek alternative transportation, trying out the recent two-wheeled invention, the bicycle. He fell in love but found the wooden saddle excruciating. He vowed to make it more comfortable and so the Brooks leather saddle was born.
Today Brooks manufacture a wide range of bicycle accessories from backpacks, bicycle panniers and saddle bags to helmets, poncho’s and wallets and to this day all Brooks Leather Saddles are still hand made by skilled craftspeople using traditional methods in Birmingham, England and the fundamental design of the saddles is unchanged. While the new Cambium range, helmets and bags are all made in Italy.