Actually, what was specificed for many of those late '50s/early '60s Italian bikes was ITALIA, (pre Selle) "the best in leather saddles." Nice big name badge on the back. Ironically, though once as common as houseflies, today you don't see them on ebay very often. One just recently sold, and I hadn't seen another in almost a year. I'm sure some listmembers have them and are perhaps willing to sell. I plan on getting one for my 1960 Ideor, which Chuck Schmidt's nice repro catalogue shows as standard fitment on all models.
> Its a saddle fest this morning. You can't go wrong
> with the B17 Narrow of the proper vintage. I think
> almost everyone preferred these to the Italian
> knockoffs or the just emerging Unicanitor.
> Joe Bender-Zanoni
> Great Notch, NJ
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: scott Baxter <email@example.com>
> Date: Sunday, February 19, 2006 11:44 am
> Subject: [CR]what saddle for late '50s Italian bike?
> > The Wright's saddle I tried to revive is starting
> > fail at a rivet, so I'm going to need to replace
> > quite soon.
> > I've looked around the Internet and see a lot of
> > diversity w/respect to the saddles I see on late
> > to early '60s Italian bicycles.
> > Does anyone know what was the most commonly
> > saddle for these bikes? In lieue of any specifc
> > recommendations, I'll probably go with a Brooks
> > narrow or possibly a French Ideale.
> > Scott Baxter
> > St. Louis, MO
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