I have bought a Ladies B-18 to put on a '55 Claud Butler mixte project that I am putting together for my wife. The B-18 was fitted to earlier Claud mixtes and to many other top-flight British vintage ladies lightweights from the Turn-of-the-Century through the late '30s or so, when I believe it was discontinued because of ladies starting to wear shorts and short "skorts" and not needing to the downturned "hawk nose" of the B-18 to prevent their long skirts from catching. Claud Butler stopped fitting them as standard well before '55, but I just thought the B-18 was so cool I had to get one.
It certainly is a lovely, lovely saddle. I haven't yet sprung the bike or the saddle on my wife, but I don't expect her to take to a leather saddle. It is wide, somewhat stiff and pretty flat. Not necessarily bad qualities, but I have therefore bought an anatomical gel saddle cover (a Bell, not Brooks) for $10. It will both protect the saddle and make for at least the illusion of easier riding for my wife. I will pull the cover off if we go to a vintage event, or if she decides she likes to ride the B-18 as-is. When I present the bike to her I'll start with the gel cover stowed in the saddle bag. If she wants to cover up the beauty of the B-18 that'll be her call----I just can't make myself do it.
I mounted the saddle on another ladies bike project--a '67 Schwinn Paramount--and it looks tremendous, especially since the bike is Sierra Brown and matches the antique brown of the saddle. I don't think you can go wrong in the looks department with the B-18. How it rides I knoweth not.
Whitewater, Wisconsin US of A
> I'm interested in hearing any comments or reviews of
> the B18 "Ladies"
> saddle - if anyone has made a purchase. Think it
> would be a wonderful
> Christmas (or Hannukah, or Kwaanza) gift. Brooks
> did a great job of
> replicating a very beautiful 1939 (?) saddle. Hope
> they continue to
> produce this sort of elegance... I love the new
> Here are some linked photos.
> photo with original patent illistration:
> Top view, Antique Brown
> Rear view, Antique brown
> Looks even better mounted on a bike:
> Side view, Honey color
> Rear view, Honey color
> Appreciate any info!
> Bob Hanson, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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