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Cycle Touring Exclusive: Brooks Limited Edition B17 Saddle

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Brooks England has been crafting leather bicycles saddles since 1866 for Olympians and long-distance cycle tourists alike. This year, cyclists participating in the inaugural WCR Grand Tour, a competitive circumnavigation of Earth by bicycle and possibly the ultimate highspeed tour, are on Brooks saddles.

It' doesn't matter if you're putting in a globe's worth of mileage this season. If you love to ride, delight in fine craftsmanship, and want a saddle that will become yours and yours alone over time, conforming to you like a favorite pair of boots, navigate over to Brooks website or to a Brooks Dealer of Excellence ASAP. You'll only get your butt on Brooks' newest ride, its B17 Select World Traveller 2012 Limited Edition Saddle, if you're quick. The company announced the saddle today, and its only making 2,012 of them.

Why is the B17 special? Its leather surface is decorated with restyled art by Frank Patterson, the guy who illustrated Brooks catalogues in the 1920s. The saddle is made with Brooks' select organic leather top fixed to a chromed copper steel frame and finished with hand-hammered copper rivets—classic, timeless and collectible Brooks quality, design and materials. Available now, $325,

—Berne Broudy

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