Brooks Coloured Leather Bar Tape, etc.

28 Sep 2011  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Saddles, Bags, Etc.

When John Brooks heard Henry Ford’s famous offer of his Model T in any colour the purchaser wanted so long as it was black, the Birmingham saddle giant must have allowed himself a wry grin. Because traditionally, most saddles leaving the Brooks factory have also tended, in colour at least, towards the conservative.

However, you may have read recently on the Brooks Blog about our Limited Edition and commemorative saddles. Occasionally we release these Editions in colours that mark a departure from our usual understatedly classic darker tones.

Replacement Tape for our Slender Grips

In the past, occasional pieces like the eye-catching Raspberry B18, or the White Tokyo Team Pro have been very well received. And of course, last year we also reintroduced the iconic Brooks Colt in several unusual finishes, including violet, turquoise and pink.  So this year we decided to introduce more new colours into our range of saddles and accessories.

Keep in mind however, that these brief departures into colour are just that, departures, and tend to go out of stock sooner rather than later.

But for the coming months, you will be able to colour-coordinate with more Brooks accessories than ever before. Our slender bar grips are being issued in a new length (100mm), and to accompany this, we are delivering them in any of the colours you see in our picture above. It is also possible to order extra replacement lengths of different colours, so if you’re careful about removing the old set, you can mix and match the tape with your frame, your saddle, or whatever your imagination conjures.

For years, our leather Trouser Strap has prevented chainside hosiery from getting snagged or dirty and continues to do so. But from the coming autumn, it will now perform its job not just in black, honey and brown, but also in raspberry, apple, violet, mandarin, natural and turquoise.

And as to our selection of leather tape for drop handlebars, we have augmented the range of different colours available to include a Mustard, Apple, Violet, Turquoise, Dark Blue, Raspberry and … White!

We’ve also decided it would be unfair if our most popular saddle, the B17, were to miss out on all the fun. For this reason it will shortly be available in three new colours, as shown in the picture below.

But, for the record, here is where we draw the line regarding the application of colour:



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  1. Dante 
    Posted 3:37 pm
    28 Sep 2011

    The B17 colours are very nice… I was really hoping for white though! There’s always a chance, right? Tell me there’s always a chance!

  2. BREGAN 
    Posted 7:14 am
    29 Sep 2011

    At this moment we are actually very. very, far from issuing a white saddle.

  3. Dan Michell 
    Posted 9:14 am
    30 Sep 2011

    ?White would be good?

  4. Stephen 
    Posted 11:10 pm
    30 Sep 2011

    I love the apple green B17, if I had the available storage space i’d build a bike up especially for one of these!
    The other new colours are great too.
    One thing though, a few years ago I saw grey B17s for sale, I think your worst ever saddle colourwise. Sorry :)

  5. emanuele 
    Posted 4:24 pm
    3 Oct 2011

    I was waiting form so long time electric blue colored B17 saddle + bar tapes + chain !!
    I need just more info about. For example the chain’s lenght because I use an old Campagnolo 6 speed.
    Is the chain in gold colour available ?
    Really nice for my new racer bike…

  6. BREGAN 
    Posted 10:11 am
    4 Oct 2011

    I’m sorry, but we do not make chains.

  7. Scott Taylor 
    Posted 7:55 pm
    7 Oct 2011

    I just purchased a Mandarin colour B-17. Perfect for my dark metalic blue Diamondaback city bike. Comfy on the first ride too! Thanks for the new colors to choose from. (have black and honey ones also)

  8. Paolo 
    Posted 11:34 am
    10 Oct 2011

    Do you know where i can find the apple green chain you just posted here?
    Where did u take the pictures?

    Thank you


  9. BREGAN 
    Posted 5:39 pm
    10 Oct 2011

    I’m terribly sorry for posting that photo, but we do NOT make chains! The photos was there for atmosphere!

  10. Paolo 
    Posted 6:16 pm
    10 Oct 2011

    ahah dont worry, I read that.. just want to know where did you get that pic.. so i can try to find that chain by myself!
    i mean .. did you google apple green chain or something like that?

    thank you :)

  11. BREGAN 
    Posted 6:33 pm
    10 Oct 2011

    Gareth, (who wrote the post) is with the misses in Barcelona this week (not Brooks- or chain- related) so we must wait until next week for the answer to this question :)

  12. martinsillo 
    Posted 10:27 pm
    10 Oct 2011

    Those chains are for here:
    and here:

    Gusset has a couple of green chains that may do the job..if you are going SS:

    Back to Brooks….thanks for your products guys! This colors are awesome!… +1 on the apple green…beautiful!

    Black Flyer (2 years)
    Black B17 Narrow (I’m just finishing my SS build) Is a shame these weren’t available when I thought of my build… and apple green frame+saddle+bar tape combo would have been awesome!

  13. BREGAN 
    Posted 11:09 pm
    12 Oct 2011

    Thank you, Martin!