i believe in fixies wrote:
Historically, there is no correct saddle for a Highpath, or Cleland for that matter. Clelands came with cheap saddles in the expectation that the owners would change them. Highpaths were fitted with the saddle specified by the customer.
I'm also looking for a good condition retro seat for the same bike.
That could only be a Brooks, surely anything else would just be wrang.
Here are my memories on the saddles that people fitted and why:
*David Wrath-Sharman used unsprung Brooks, often brown.
*Geoff Apps often used sprung Brooks
*I did try a sprung Brooks B66 back in 1985 but it was heavy, stiffly sprung, and the leather stretched until it touched the saddle rails, and could not be tightened any more. The fact that I rode in all weathers and the saddle often got wet may have had something to do with this. Ever since I have used plastic, waterproof sprung saddles. My favorite are wide and flat Iscaselle ones fitted with soft springs.
I would say that most riders used a variety of light, cheap and durable sprung saddles, though Brooks were fairly common.
Today I still use an Iscaselle on my Cleland. My Highpath is fitted with a Cane Creek' ThudBuster, suspension seat-post and an unsprung plastic saddle. These parallelogram type seat-posts are far better than sprung saddles. Unlike telescopic suspension seat-posts which are a waste of time, they react correctly to the direction of the forces from the rear wheel. Suntour also make two models of budget parallelogram seat-post that are good, but heavier than the ThudBuster.
"Riding on the pegs"
The Highpaths are superb bikes for riding "on the pegs."
However it is difficult and tiring to pedal out of the saddle for prolonged periods. Recently I bought a Gravity Dropper seat post. This is an overpriced piece of kit, but it does allow the saddle to be dropped well out of the way when riding on the pegs.