Re: [CR]What's with this "Speedic" saddle?


Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor

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Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2003 00:35:31 -0400
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From: Sheldon Brown <CaptBike@sheldonbrown.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]What's with this "Speedic" saddle?


> > Dale asked:
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>> >Anyone know what this is?
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> >http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2197447035&category=420
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> > The Sheldon says Speedic saddles were on early Royce Union 10 speeds.

Right, purple ones from the early '70s, only came in one (small) size, but had these amazing Japanese Derailers and cotterless cranks at a price point that was unheard of. As I recall these sold for $70-80 or thereabouts.

Someone wrote:
>I feel certain that is a "private label" Brooks Pro.

Absolutely not, these were Japanese knockoffs, on all-Japanese bikes. A Brooks Pro probably retailed for about 1/3 of the cost of the complete bike!

Although they did _look_ a lot like Brooks, the leather was much harder, and they took forever to break in.

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