BROOKS Swallow Chrome saddle, £145, www.brookssaddles.com
No self-repecting fan of vintage bikes would dare adorn their steed with anything less than a Brooks leather saddle — but with dozens of his and hers models, sprung or unsprung, it’s tricky to narrow down the choice. For old-school racers, however, we’d recommend the classic Swallow, which is a direct descendant of the first modern racing saddle produced in 1937 and used in pre-war tours.There are two versions — the cheaper featuring the orginal chromium-plated steel metalwork, the other a much lighter titanium (£263) — available in brown, honey or black. A free spanner is included so that you can tension the frame if needed, plus essential care instructions.
At 490g it may concede some weight to its latterday foam-filled equivalents, but it will certainly outlast them. And so what if it takes some time to mould to your sit bones, what price the perfect custom fit?
Team with some matching Brooks leather bar tape (£45) and sit back as the fashion mags come courting.