Win a Brooks makeover for your bicycle

brooks makeover prize

How about this to lift the spirits? We have a classic honey coloured Brooks B17 saddle and matching bar tape combo worth over £100 to give away.

Apparently the tape is manufactured from ‘a synthetic textile which has been treated with a polyurethane coating for maximum resistance against abrasion and moisture’, but just as importantly, it looks pretty good too. Whether you run a classic tourer or a fixie, we’re 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. We’ll pick a winner next week.

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 we recommended you lock your wheels, it’s not a requirement – if you are unlucky enough to have your wheels stolen they will be replaced.

Other benefits included as standard are £2m 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. Alex

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    Ooh, that’d go nicely with my shopper bike!

  2. DarrenC

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    Wow, would be perfect for my 1980’s commuting bike, really make it look even more old school, with it having a skinny steel frame and cantilever brakes.

    • frank

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      The saddle would go on my Specialised Sirrus and the bars I would give to my colleague whose hubby has a custom built bike from woodrup in Leeds

  3. Gillian

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    I would fit them to my Dawes Galaxy with Reynolds 531 frame, a true classic befitting such lovely Brooks componentry.

  4. Derick Boyd

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    Now that’s accessories to ride for!
    Brompton electric

    • Vincent Procter

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      Wow I could really do with these for my Saxon Cross which I now use as a bike packing rig.

  5. Mark

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    These would look lovely on my 1970s Ernie Clements racing bike.

  6. Jon

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    They’d go great on my Pearson SS.

    • Richard Kelly

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      Hi, I’d fit them to my lovely red Specialized Roubaix, cheers!

  7. Craig Young

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    I am currently restoring a Holdsworth Mistral and would love to fit some lovely Brooks equipment like this.

    Thanks

    • Peter

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      My wife and I already each have a B17 on our Hetchins bikes but could do with one for our 1980s tandem, and the tape would be just right too.

  8. Elspeth

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    These and my 1980s Falcon racer were made for each other.

    ❤️

    • Matthew Newell

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      Just making a bamboo bike that these would set off perfectly

  9. John Reed

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    Yes to Brookes make over, please. It will work brilliantly and look fantastic on my touring bike.

  10. John Reed

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    Yes to a Brooks make over, please. It will work brilliantly and look fantastic on my touring bike.

  11. Jason

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    On my specialized

  12. Stephen

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    Lovely traditional style British components like these would be perfectly suited for my classic Raleigh Clubman.

  13. Boyd

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    Yes please – Matching saddle and handlebar tape – pure class.

  14. Steve

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    I’d stick it straight on eBay 🙂

  15. Dave Anthony

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    I’d happily make them part of my new home trainer, perfect excuse to upgrade!

  16. adrian price

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    ive got a dutch “sit up and beg” bike these would go great with

  17. Clive Weston

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    That would look nice and be comfortable on my Genesis Tour De Fer for my next cycle tour (when that’s allowed!)

  18. Andy G

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    This saddle & handlebar combo would really smarten up my ride!

  19. Robert Lewis

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    These would look great on my Viscount Aerospace that I bought in 1978 and have been riding ever since!

  20. David Webster

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    I have a classic 40 year old Mercian Tourer and have owned it from new. I have a black and white photo with me astride it showing off with a full head of hair. I could also send you a revised image of me sporting a new streamlined look: The only thing missing is billiard chalk!

  21. Ria

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    Would look great on my bike 😉

  22. Rod Hewson

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    These would go beautifully with my Brookes running shoes

  23. Russ Taylor

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    Those will go very nicely on my classic 70s Raleigh Racer!

  24. Lucy

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    I lost a lovely Brook’s saddle to thieves at King’s Cross recently. The transport police wouldn’t even view the footage on their many CCTV cameras on the bike racks, because the value of it was less than £250. Honestly, what is the point of the cameras if noone will look at the footage? Anyway, would love to replace it…

  25. Mark Bobbitt

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    Brooks make superb kit. I’d love these.

  26. sean

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    looks nice on a Brompton

  27. Doug M

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    My trusty old Claud Butler Classic tourer (1992) really needs a new saddle. A Brooks B17 would be far better than the original one. (26 mm seat tube).
    I had a B17 on my first full size bike, in the 1950s!

  28. Eric Ludlow

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    This prize is mine, and I will Brook no argument…

  29. Bryn Gwyndaf Jones

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    What could be nicer!

  30. Tom

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    I have a dilemma – there’s the classic 70s Roberts without a saddle and the equally nice Geoffrey Butler and , since it goes back to the 1890s, it should match my 1930s GA whose Brooks is tatty. But this reminds me that I won a Brooks saddle at the Tweed Run a couple or years ago but it disappeared before it was presented to me.

  31. Bertie

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    Just what I need for my derrière

  32. Richard

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    These would be lovely on the old Raleigh I’m doing up. Do you have a chain as well?

  33. Carol W

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    Can’t get enough of that wonderful Brooks 🙂

  34. Robert Collis

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    Would be great to replace the aged 1970’s vintage Brookes saddle on my Aerospace Sport.
    The tape would be the finishing touch.

  35. Bill

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    The colours would match perfectly with my old Specialized single speed….And make it much more comfortable, no doubt!

  36. john Richter

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    I’m an oldie and a bit of a softie on my saddle so a Brooks would be just the job for my Specialised Sirrus Hybrid.

  37. Tim Earl

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    I say, those rather spiffing! I’d make myself a matching cravat and spats.

  38. Rob Harris

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    I’ve been considering trying out a Brooks saddle for along time – this could be the encouragement I need! They are a thing of great beauty.

  39. David Elliott

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    Love Brooks saddles!

  40. Geoff

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    Fitted to my Specialized Tarmac would be a marriage of the best of the old and the best of the new. That is intelligent progress!

  41. Sarah Brooks

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    Being a Brooks I’ve always loved the idea of a Brooks saddle on my lovely Ridgeback. Perfection!

  42. Peter Clark

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    I’d put them on my Specialized hybrid – 2008 model and the least pampered of my bikes. It’s due a bit of love

  43. Jane Collier

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    Would love to win this for my partner whose saddle and handle bars are wearing out from bread delivering!!

  44. Gary

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    Aww, I used to have a Brookson seat on my first racer! It was the envy of all – that was until the BMX craze kicked in 😉
    I would love this set – would look good on my latest steed (a surly) 👍

    • Gary

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      Brooks not Brookson ! 🤪

  45. Edward

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    Would love these for my fathers old “youngs of Lewisham” racer

  46. Keith Petersen

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    I would put those on my Dawes Galaxy touring bike. It would be a great setup to do some touring in Scotland when we are able to travel again.

  47. Huw Thomas

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    Improve the front and rear of my Genesis Croix de Fer

  48. PeterG

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    Brooks sets the standard for comfort and style. Nice!

  49. Richard John Venes

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    What’s the obsession with Brooks saddles?

  50. Bill

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    They would be a great match on my Specialized single speed…And make it much more comfortable too, no doubt!

  51. Dave Brabants

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    My Classic Cliff Shrub road bike from 1983 would benefit from a classic Brooks saddle as it currently has a rather beaten nylon saddle which I don’t like or find comfortable

  52. Donald Waters

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    I’ve always been tempted by putting a Brooks saddle on my Genesis CDF but never taken the plunge…

  53. Nick Board

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    My super duper Genesis Tour de Fer in Forest green,forlorny hanging on my wall snce gingerly negotiating London traffic from the Bike shop to Waterloo station.”How do people do it”?
    Awaiting sunnier happier times and a match made in heaven.

  54. John Auric

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    The saddle on my Dawes Horizon is torn and the handlebar tape is coming off so this offer would make both ends of me more comfortable at the same time !

  55. David Mayers

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    My original Brooks saddle has lasted 45 years, but like me it’s getting a bit tired and in need of replacement.

  56. David Mayers

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    It will look perfect on my Hobbs Barbican Blue Riband

  57. David Hamilton

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    Every bottom deserves a saddle like this. I’d defiantly be sitting pretty with these Brooks accessories.

  58. Auke van Andel

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    The classic honey colour would be a great match with my deep purple classic Jan Janssen racing bicycle 🙂

  59. Kaz

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    My Ridgeback Voyage really needs a makeover!

  60. James Field

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    I would put it on my Raleigh Record Mk2 1980’s Racing bike a true and unique bike, it would give it a great face lift!

  61. Wayne Fox

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    I love Brooks; a brilliant British brand that we all should use and support. I’d love these items so much!

  62. Stephen

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    My cherished, but worn Raleigh Clubman is desperate for a makeover.

  63. Iain Shanks

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    Looks so cool – would love this

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