Win a Brooks makeover for your bike

brooks makeover prize

If spring has sprung where you live, why not treat your bike to a makeover?

We have a classic Brooks B17 saddle in honey and a roll of Brooks micro-fibre bar tape to give away. Whether you run a classic tourer or a fixie, we are confident the seat and tape will add practicality and flair to your favourite ride.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave us a comment at the bottom of this page and let us know what bike you’d fit them to.

Brooks B17 – ready and waiting to be won

According to Brooks: “The B17 saddle has been our best selling model for over a century. First introduced in the 1890s, the B17 has survived virtually unchanged, and has firmly established itself as the saddle of choice for long distance cyclists.”

brooks saddle

Are stolen parts covered by cycle insurance?

It’s important to check whether your cycle insurance policy covers components against theft. Are your wheels covered? What about the seat? It’s not uncommon for thieves to steal the handlebars, shifters and all, by cutting away all the cables – would you be compensated if this happened to you? Cycle insurance from the ETA covers all parts against theft without onerous restrictions on the way you use your bike.

For example, while it’s recommended that you lock your wheels, it’s not a requirement – if you are unlucky enough to have your wheels stolen they will be replaced. Fixed accessories like pannier racks, water bottle cages, mudguards and computers (excluding quick release designs) can also be added to policy.

Other benefits included as standard are £5m third party, accidental damage, cycle rescue breakdown cover for your bike and you and a sympathetic policy on storage requirements. Find out about these benefits and others that are included at no extra cost and compare it to the competition.

 

Comments

  1. Adrien

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    I’d fit the set on my Allegro swiss made racing bike from 1978. The honey will wonderfully match with the purple frame!

  2. Iain Shanks

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    I’d fit these to the old Raleigh that I’m trying to fix up.

  3. Paul

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    I’d build a new bike just for these!

  4. Janez Stariha

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    I would fit those on a vintage Rog Maraton bike.

  5. David Wilby

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    Initially to my above and beyond the call of duty Kona Dewey hybrid which has taken me to places and through conditions or was never made for. Then on to my son to be built do it all adventure bike, could do with a good saddle to cover many miles of rough terrain and road! All the best to the winner!

  6. Moray

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    These would look good on steel framed fixie i’m building up. I’ll even colour coordinate with tan brake lever hoods, if i were lucky enough to win.

  7. andrew theaker

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    Falcon violator road bike

  8. andrew theaker

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    Falcon road bike

  9. Adam Golding

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    My Freshly restored Overbury’s tourer would look really splendid in Brooks regalia, especially as I cycle up the Rhine River cycle route…

  10. Matt P

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    I’ve got an old pelikaan that I’m restoring and it’d be excellent on that!!!!

  11. Chris Holt

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    I’d fit it to my cinelli hobootleg touring bike!

  12. Iain D

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    My Dawes Galaxy, of course!

  13. Stuart Lamb

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    I have a steel frame which I’m about to build a new bike around with a hub gear system. This would finish it off nicely

  14. Paul O’ Brien

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    I would fit these to a Peugeot PH10LE from the early ’80’s that I have recently refurbished. I never replaced the saddle so this would be an incredible win.

    Cheers!

  15. Rob Ebbins

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    Brooks saddles are wonderful and very comfortable (once broken in). They last forever! The classic B17 saddle and handlebar tape would look the part on my Saracens Skyline touring bike.

  16. Nicholas Jones

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    Would look great on my bright green Surly X-Check… been looking to get a more comfortable saddle for a while now! Thanks for a great competition!

  17. Oliver Spall

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    Those would look a treat on my deep blue early 80s Dolan I’m building with Shimano arabesque groupset!

  18. John

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    ooooooh, lovely!

    what bike would I fit them to?

    hmmmm…. maybe your wife… 😉

    JUST KIDDING! I’d show my good ol’ workhorse commuter bike the love it so desperately needs and deserves

    hahaha!

  19. A P Molina

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    Very nice makeover. I’d love to fit them to my wife’s bike. She’d love them.

  20. Dave Mann

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    My old Raleigh Flyer would look brilliant with a Brookes saddle and bar tape in tan – comfort and class!

  21. Steve Curtis

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    Awesome. WOuld love to own it!

  22. Will Byrne

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    Would look great on my pearson singlespeed, got to watch out thought, would want to look too hipster 😀

  23. Andy Smith

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    Probably my Pashley but might change my mind to my road bike.

  24. Libby Mak

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    They’d look awesome on Betty, my yellow and grey single speed – just in time for her 5th birthday too 🚲 🎂

  25. Alan Jones

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    I’d fit them to my Globe Vienna, and quadruple its value overnight

  26. Owain

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    The perfect thing to get my stalled fixie project started again!

  27. Stephen D.

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    My 1970’s Raleigh Clubman with Reynolds 531 frame, all set for Eroica 2017!! Love it!

  28. Mark

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    These would look lovely on my classic Dawes Galaxy. I would be the envy of my club!

  29. Michael Joy

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    I’d put them on my old beater.

  30. Anthony Cartmell

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    I’d fit them to our Dawes Galaxy tandem, the bike I wooed my wife with!

  31. Steph

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    My son’s fixie saddle got stolen from the bike sheds last week, so a replacement is needed. However, this gear is so beautiful, I’m sure he would then put the bike on display in his lounge. I call this functional art!

  32. Eddie Collict

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    Saddle and bar tape are a beautiful example British craftmanship, primarily made for quality and not low price, and above all they make you feel good to use. I would use them on a Dawes Stirling, still with the traditional frame mounted gearlevers, a bike that has taken me many miles, and I hope many more yet.

  33. Bryn

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    If I was lucky enough to win this, I would fit them on my much loved Claud Butler touring bike. British style at its very best. Fingers crossed…….

  34. DougMilly

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    These would improve my 25-year old Claud Butler.

  35. Colin Davies

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    This would be just perfect for a classic BRITISH touring bike that I am currently building around a lovely Raleigh frameset. The goal is to take it touring around Italy, taking in Strade Bianche and L’Eroica. Can’t wait!!!!!

  36. mark

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    my dad’s bike

  37. John

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    MY bike…..

  38. Gill

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    Easy. These would go straight on to my pride and joy, my Viscount Aerospace 400. It’s a real beauty and rides beautifully. Shimano 600 gears and Competition Super Champion wheels. The suede saddle is rather worn these days though! 😉

  39. Mike

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    I would fit it on my new (to me) Trek 520 as on a tour to the top edge of Scotland soon.

  40. Jill Hyde

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    I love my Specialized hybrid ladies bike. The saddle would go on there. I would let my Dad have the bar tape for his Mercian!

  41. Anna

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    Mine is a little unusual, it’s a Rudi Altig Schauff ladies classic bike and I love it! Must remember to insure it with ETA!! 🙂

  42. Richard Scrase

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    Lovely, yes please, I’m a classic cyclist who needs a facelift

  43. Jill Hyde

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    I would fit the saddle to my Specialized hybrid bike. It takes me everywhere and all terrains. I would gift the bar tape to my Dad for his Mercian.

  44. Eric Ludlow

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    Would complement my home brewed single speed perfectly

    • Boyd Nicholas

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      They would look handsome on my 1948 Gilliott which is still my daily ride.

  45. Stephen Browning

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    I’d like to use them for my old retro Eddy Merckx Falcon project 😆😆

  46. Christopher Deacon

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    Thorn Sherpa getting ready for a tour of France.

  47. Anna Shakoor-Green

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    My husband would love this makeover for his Dawes Audax 🙂

  48. Colette Stein

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    I’d love them on my 1960’s Raleigh which is still going strong

  49. Graham

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    What wonderful addition they would be to my Dawes Karakum. The last leather saddle I had was back in the 1960’s on bikes that I had built from scraps. Here’s hoping.

  50. simon tozer

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    I once had a Brooks saddle – got stolen with the rest of the bike. I’d love another!

  51. Scott

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    I’d fit them to my Giant Defy

  52. Rob

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    I already have one of these saddles, which I love, on my Roy Thame bike, but I recently rescued a Carlton Pro Am 12 from a scrapheap, and a new saddle and handlebar tape would look fantastic on it.

  53. Neil Woolford

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    Yet another early Dawes Galaxy that would benefit from this!

  54. Stavria

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    Would love them for my Charge Plug3!! Xxx

  55. D M Butcher

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    Its the only saddle worth using and I would replace my 30 year old one on my Brompton.

  56. Aidan Hedley

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    Rufus, our poppy red tandem tricycle would look very smart with honey coloured saddles. So if we won one we would need to buy another to match!

  57. Colin Smith

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    I would fit them to a Raleigh flyer I have just aquired to do up

  58. David Curran

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    I started out as a kid riding on Brooks leather saddles, so my derrier is already “Brooked in”. They would be fitted to my Reynolds 535 steel framed LeMond road bike.

  59. Rob Hunter

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    I’d fit them to my new Rourke bike which is currently being built

  60. Rob H

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    I’d fit them to my new Rourke bike which is currently being built

  61. Ronan McGoldrick

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    Late 1970s Raleigh steel frame racer.

  62. Mark B

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    I’d fit it to my Racelight framed bike that has faithfully taken me to work and back for many years

  63. Jonathan Hunt

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    This would be a perfect addition to my modern/retro inspired new build based on a Planet X steel frame. Modern with disk brakes and Alfine hub gears but coffee/cream colours with retro decals and brown tyres. I have brown faux leather tape and cheap faux leather saddle but a recent ‘chute’ has seen cosmetic damage to these. Brooks would be perfect!

  64. Stephen Williams

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    Would fit them to my commuter Kaffenback to make it an uber stylish bike.

  65. Ron Oakley

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    They would just suit my 1970’s Dawes Galaxy.

  66. Mike masterson

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    I’m rebuilding a ’94 Mercian the I inherited from my father in law and plan to to ride in Erioca Britanna this summer, nd this I the perfect compliment to this lovely machine

  67. Trevor

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    Haven’t used a Brooks in around 30 years, would be nice to have one again

  68. sara garside

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    I seem to be the only person with an electric bike. Have always wanted a Brooks saddle, so in the unlikely event that my name would be picked, it would be fitted to my Koga e-lement. I would have to give the tape to my husband for his Giant Defy. But seeing as I never win anything……………………

  69. Stuart Young

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    I’d fit them on my old Claud Butler Roubaix. 300 miles round the Cotentin peninsula last summer taught me the value of a good saddle, and next year in Brittany I want the miles to roll by in comfort.

  70. Ian Major

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    My old Ridgeback from 2002 that still takes me to work. It deserves a wee makeover.

  71. Andrew Harmsworth

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    Dawes Celeste from ’88! Would give it new life!

  72. James

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    Reminds me of past saddles which wear my backside in a new one would be lovely

  73. Smarty

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    The bike I use – a Marin which is for shopping, commuting to town, and for touring. This stuff needs to be shown off to others, so as a middle level performer attracting no attention, not on either of my race bikes!

  74. Gavin

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    “I love the smell of leather in the morning, it smells of – victory!”

  75. Louise Ang

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    I’d add to my rather overladen carrera to make it more comfortable when cycling with a child on the back and one on a seat on the crossbar…

  76. Stevo

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    I will do LEJOG next year, so I would fit these beauties to my Dawes Galaxy with Reynolds 531ST.

  77. David Mayers

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    After 45 years the Brooks saddle on my Hobbs Barbican is showing signs of wear. A new one would keep me going for another 45.

  78. Greg

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    Just past 60, this fine leather seat and tape is just what I need on my faithful but neglected commuter Van Nicolas Rohloff Amazon to get me back on my bike in the mornings unity my retirement. Please help me get fit again.

  79. Graham Townsend

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    Do you mean I have ridden for 54 years not knowing Brooks make the most comfortable saddle!!!!!
    my backside looks forward to a more comfortable future!!!

  80. Pete

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    Wow! A Brooks saddle exactly like the one on my original Road bike, back in the 60’s. Absolute bliss!

  81. Peter Clark

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    Would have to be my Specialized hybrid. Not a natural fit but needs must.

  82. John Mullen

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    I would love to see it on my 1928 Rudge sport bicycle.

  83. Bill

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    I’d put them on my old Airnimal Chameleon which could do with a bit of a makeover now. Fingers crossed…..

  84. Kevin Hickman

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    Pooh, I’d start from scratch with a classic retro feel and look, Raleigh for a British feel!

  85. David Sinden

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    They would look splendid on my ageing Dawes. Especially as I deliberately have an old wireframe basket on the front as a deterrent to bike thieves (it looks terminally uncool according to my sons – an advantage in my book). A look improved no doubt as the leather ages and distresses beautifully!

  86. Dave Brabants

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    Replace the ghastly plastic thing on my 1978 Cliff Shrub. Always wanted a Brooks B17 or Brooks Professionlal. Maybe I’ll get one for my upcoming 65th birthday – hint hint if anyone’s looking

  87. Luke A-D

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    My steel singlespeed. It currently has faux leather seat and bar tape. It needs the real thing!

  88. Keith Petersen

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    That would look great on my Dawes Galaxy. Great classic looks with a fantastic saddle.

  89. David Hunt

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    I’m looking for a bike for the commute to work. I haven’t found the right one yet, but having the right saddle and bar tape will help.

  90. Michael C.

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    A really quite old Giant. Can’t think of the model name now, but it is a good robust, decently comfy frame that doesn’t deserve to expire. Wheels are good, brakes are good, just needs a new chain, some liquid refreshment and a lovely Brooks to set it off nicely and provide endless comfy miles of pleasure.

  91. The next Lance

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    I would put these on my 1986 Peugeot that I use for everyday commuting, would really like to try some Brooks products, they’re well beyond my budget though!

  92. Rory Harkins

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    Wonder how these would look on my Boardman Hybrid?

  93. Tony Oswald

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    With these I’d finally have the parts to build the stylish commuter bike I’ve been promising my girlfriend – no more excuses!

  94. Christopher

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    Surly Disc Trucker

  95. Tim Greeley

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    Well, I only have one bike so it will have to be my Moda Bolero.

  96. Alex

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    I’d love this saddle and tape for my Surly Long Haul Trucker. I love the look of Brooks saddles.

  97. Martin Bishop

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    A Brooks B17 would compliment my Villiers Vitesse tourer and provide greater ride comfort on longer rides.

  98. Terry Smith

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    They will be fitted to my Hercules 1953 all chrome cycle,it would make my ETA Better.

  99. stephen

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    I would just love to fit these to by beautiful classic tandem. We would look so elegant!

  100. Rachel Alcock-Hodgson

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    I’d fit them to my lovely pearlised brown vintage Mercier. Would be perfect!

  101. C Buckley

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    Would be fab for my lovely purple bike!!!!

  102. John Y

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    My brand new G-tech sport, but don’t tell them…
    I’ll have to colour it black

  103. John Y age 73

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    I should have added that there’s nowhere to use the tape on the G-tech e-bike handlebars, so requests invited..
    The engine gets me up Alport Hill…

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