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 Post subject: What 70's saddle?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:01 pm 
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I know I have had this discussion with Midlife, but I'm derned if I can find it, so.....

I am slowly gathering parts for a late 1970's clubman's bike that I will be building over the winter for use next year, and, with any luck participation in L'Eroica UK (if it happens).

So, the next part I'm after is a saddle; other than a Unicator or a Brooks B17, what saddles were being used back in the late 70's?


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 Post subject: Re: What 70's saddle?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:21 pm 
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Wrights are another leather saddle maker which tend to be a bit cheaper than brooks.


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 Post subject: Re: What 70's saddle?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:24 pm 
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Thanks, any particular model?

Scoots off to search the bay.....


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 Post subject: Re: What 70's saddle?
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 Post subject: Re: What 70's saddle?
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Ideale leather, harder to find than a Brooks but much nicer. A new Brooks can spoil a build (check my Colnago Mexico link below)


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 Post subject: Re: What 70's saddle?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:30 am 
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I am avoiding fitting anything new to the bike, other than the obvious chain and brake blocks, so the more names to search for, the better.


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 Post subject: Re: What 70's saddle?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:27 am 
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Back in the 70's if you didn't want a Brooks then one of the Cinelli Unicanitor suede saddles was the obvious choice. However,for a slab of plastic and some suede they were a tad expensive so a Unicanitor lookalike was the order of the day....Selle Italia Criterium, Selle Royal S17 and copies from Milremo were very popular. As long as they looked like a Cinelli all was well :D

Selle Italia were well made for the money BITD.

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 Post subject: Re: What 70's saddle?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:50 am 
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Arius saddles are another alternative, made in Spain.

They had some models that were drilled all the way through, very cool looking.

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 Post subject: Re: What 70's saddle?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:08 am 
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Fantastic info thanks.

Shaun, as ever, you are an en-cyclo-pedia of roadie retroness. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: What 70's saddle?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:11 am 
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Ideale 70 on my 1970 replcia caballero teambike.
Ones you handle with care each month with a good leather cream to be dried in the sun it keeps fit.
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