The Leather Barbican.

21 Jan 2011  |  Posted by ANDREA  |  Categories: Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion

It’s been quite a week for Brooks in the German capital, and today marks our final session in the halls of Bread and Butter, at the iconic surrounds of what was formerly Tempelhof Airport.

Everybody on the stand has been hit for six by the reaction from the floor to the new items we’ve added to our 2011 catalogue, and our presence here has also served to give one or two of us an opportunity to meet for the first time some people who Brooks will be working closely with in the near future. More about that next week, though.

But back to the reception that we’ve had for the new bags. Readers of the blog will perhaps already be aware of some of the pieces we have unveiled this week, to wit, the Hampstead, the Islington and the Soho.

So today is perhaps as good a day as any to show another one we’re particularly happy with.

Since it’s introduction a couple of years ago, The Barbican has become a familiar sight on the shoulders of cyclists the world over. Riders seem to value its understated look, its tough yet pliable materials, its respectable storage capacity and above all, perhaps, its beautiful lines.

The Americans have a saying to the effect that an object’s intactness renders repairing it unnecessary, but when we saw the prototypes of the Soho, we were convinced that a new model of the Barbican using saddle-grade leather had to be a project worth investigating.

Behold the fruit of those investigations.

Shape-wise we have changed nothing, given that the original Barbican, partly on account of the way it sat and spread weight, quickly became the default bag for many at Brooks.

The new leather Barbican, unlike the “ready broken”-looking original, but much like our saddles, arrives immaculate. A jot of Proofide might not be amiss; and a short, certainly not uncomfortable breaking-in period of a couple of weeks, say, might result in the new Barbican sitting even better on a new owner’s back after a month or so . Expect it to be with you for some time.

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  1. Harry Michielsen 
    Posted 6:07 pm
    23 Jan 2011

    I saw the barbican leather bag at 14 OZ in Berlin where they had a prototype. The bag was sold in front of me, and i would like to buy one. can you give me the adress where I can find one in Holland or Gemany.

  2. BREGAN 
    Posted 1:32 pm
    24 Jan 2011

    Was it sold to a large American man? I believe it must have been, because he told me the other side of this story!

    The bag will be available shortly from our website!

  3. Harry Michielsen 
    Posted 6:38 pm
    31 Jan 2011

    Indeed it was sold to a large man with a black leather jacket and black glasses.
    I already order the bag on in the webshop, i hope you will send it soon to me!!!

  4. Nicky 
    Posted 5:57 pm
    1 Feb 2011

    Hi there,

    I just bought this bag online but have a question. Can you confirm the bag is 39 cm width? I read on different websites that it was only 34 cm. It would be an issue give the size of my laptop…

    Thanks in advance for your answer.

    All the best,


  5. lingam 
    Posted 2:49 pm
    2 Feb 2011

    I just received the bag this evening. Its hard leather and am not sure how it will soften up. Any ideas?

  6. BREGAN 
    Posted 5:13 pm
    3 Feb 2011

    Absolutely begin using the bag! It will begin to soften up rather soon, just like our saddles.

  7. BREGAN 
    Posted 5:16 pm
    3 Feb 2011

    39cm is the correct width, we hope you enjoy your bag!

  8. BREGAN 
    Posted 5:20 pm
    3 Feb 2011

    Haha, just so you know, you couldnt have lost the purchase to a nicer fellow.

  9. Stefan 
    Posted 7:00 pm
    14 Feb 2011

    has it an inside wall/department, or is it all open?

    dos the normal Barbican has a inside separation wall? there was a time when they came without the separation


  10. BREGAN 
    Posted 4:17 pm
    15 Feb 2011

    No, we decided since some time to do away with the separation. The Leather barbican does come with a detachable purse for looking after small things.

  11. Leo 
    Posted 6:08 am
    18 Feb 2011

    Hi guys, any idea where can i buy this bag in the UAE/Dubai ? Thanks

  12. BREGAN 
    Posted 8:06 am
    18 Feb 2011

  13. Calico bags 
    Posted 11:54 am
    29 Apr 2011

    The bag was sold in front of me, and i would like to buy one. can you give me the adress where I can find one in Holland or Gemany.

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