Friday, 13 February 2009
Brooks saddle bag supports
In the days when cyclists carried their Primus camping stoves and a pot or two for a brew up by the side of the road plus their lunch they needed a saddle bag. At the time two of the largest manufacturers of saddles bags were Brooks , the saddle maker who still continues to make the best leather saddles on the planet today and Carradice of Nelson whose saddle bags are still available. If you check back through my blog you will see my review of the Carradice long flap saddle bag that I use on my Humber, a fantastic trad saddle bag and the perfect accessory for any classic/vintage bicycle. These type of saddle bags attach to the loops of Brooks saddles and if you over load your saddle bag it may damage your mudguards. To alleviate this problem bag manufacturers produced saddle bag supports such as the two examples pictured above.
Below is the description of the 1934 Brooks No.10
BROOKS NO.10 Bag support,Light pressed steel carrier, ribbed for strength , Four point attachment to down tubes, Black & Chromium, Weight: 14 oz , Price 1/9
The modern version of the support racks shown above would be the Japanese Viva bag support pictured in a previous posting