Most keen cyclists will have heard of Brooks England, they’re the brilliantly British makers of high quality bike saddles and they’ve been around for more than 100 years. The company was founded by John Boultbee Brooks, whose father made leather saddles for horses.
Young John was a bit on a ‘early adopter’ and actually owned one of the first bicycles made available for commercial sale, and it was he who decided that the wooden seat most bikes of that era came with could be improved with some comfortable leather.
From that point on the company enjoyed massive success for many years, the Brooks name coming to be known as a mark of true craftsmanship and quality, but what you might not know is that in the early 2000s the brand nearly disappeared, suffering a sharp decline in profits until it was bought (saved) by a the major Italian owned saddle company Selle Royal.
While building the Brooks brand back up into the giant of the cycling world that it deserves to be, Selle Royal introduced more products, including bar tape, multi tools and bags.
The most recent star in the Brooks collection is the extremely popular Cambium saddle, which offers unbeatable comfort and more than its fair share of heritage style too.
In fact, they’re so good that both the owners of Cloud 9 have one on at least one of their many bikes!
If you want a saddle to match your trousers the legendary jeans brand Levi’s has just teamed up with Brooks to launch a unique saddle, one that’s covered with denim.
They’re extremely limited edition so head over to the Brooks site to grab one before they go off sale.
It’s not the first time Brooks has partnered up with another company either, we’ve actually got an awesome limited edition Brooks by Vans saddle from a collaboration five years ago – come down to the shop some time and take a peek!
If you’re feeling really fancy you can have a custom saddle made by expert leather carver Kara Ginther, who adds intricate patterns and detail to what are already gorgeous Brooks pieces.
We’ve got a couple in the Cloud 9 shop, but they’re so beautifully made we’d never part with them.