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For all of cycling’s traditions and history, most of the products made for the sport stick around for a few years at best before being replaced by something newer and shinier. But not all products. You’d be hard pressed to find a design in cycling more classic and timeless than the Brooks B17 leather saddle. For more than a century, this has been the British saddle maker’s bestselling model, owing to its good looks, durable design and celebrated comfort. Brooks saddles have long been a choice for bike touring, but there’s no reason the B17 can’t be used for just about any discipline—including gravel. Sure, there’s a weight penalty that comes along with the steel and leather materials, but there’s something undeniably romantic about a product that improves with age (like you!), getting more comfortable through the years as it breaks in.
$150; 3 colors; 520g; brooksengland.com