[CR]Re: Classicrendezvous Digest, Vol 6, Issue 89

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Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 17:35:51 -0700
From: "Dennis Young" <mail@woodworkingboy.com>
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Subject: [CR]Re: Classicrendezvous Digest, Vol 6, Issue 89

Old Brooks saddles 'up the whazoo' are to be seen in Japan. (Colloquialism reference to quantity)

Dennis Young Sure is fun to ride in typhoon winds in Hotaka, Japan


> I've always been curious about this .
>
> My Frejus-Legnano , made in July or August of 1972 , came from the factory
> with a "Genuine Brooks Leather Professional Saddle" , and a Reynolds
> double butted tubing decal .
>
> What the history on all of this English-ness ?
>
> Did this come from the Frejus side of the marriage ?
>
> Did this come from the Legnano side of the marriage ?
>
> And yes , I do recall the thread from months ago ( maybe a year ) , about
> saddle customizers , in Italia , among other countries , who would take a
> new fresh stock Brooks saddle , remove the leather , custom-modify it ,
> and put it back on with larger hand-peened rivets ( sometimes the rivets
> were even aluminum ! ) . And , I too was surprised to learn that the
> correct term for these saddle-cobblers was , "saddle butchers" , with no
> insult intended at all .
>
> So ! We know that there were some VERY expensive customized Brooks
> saddles being ridden around in Italia .
>
> But really , once the Unica-Nitor-Cinelli nylon saddles arrived , they
> just about took-over the high end of the Italiano market .
>
> Anybody know the accurate story ?
>
> Raoul Delmare
> Marysville Kansas