[CR]Brooks saddles & classic frame geometry

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From: "Mark Chandler" <justridingalong@yahoo.com>
To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]Brooks saddles & classic frame geometry
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 13:12:37 -0800 (PST)

Greetings CR folks,

I've found it difficult to get Brooks saddles (specifically, the B17) back far enough on modern frames/seatposts. Looking at pictures of Brooks-saddled bikes from the 1940's-1950's, I see that the seat angle is extremely slack. While it's difficult to tell exactly how slack, the angles look to be in the very high 60's or very low 70's. I have a hunch that the Brooks "geometry" was designed to complement frame geometry of the timeframe it was introduced (and vice-versa).

Some questions:

* For a typical "road bike" of the 40's-50's, what was the usual frame geometry (head/seat angles)? * Has Brooks changed their seat frame/rail geometry over the years to accommodate more modern geometry (seatposts)?



M. Chandler / JustRidingAlong@yahoo.com
Superior, Colorado