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30 October 2012 6 comments

Brooks And The Royal College of Art.

Friends Heritage Art & Design
Brooks And The Royal College of Art.
The Brooks Works at Smethwick is well known as a popular port of call with people whose passions revolve around the human powered and two wheeled. Barely a week passes without some writer or photographer or documentary film maker rolling by to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of this icon of British manufacturing and design. And so it was that Ben Wilson took one of his classes up to see us in Birmingham last year. Ben, when not collaborating with us on occasional projects, lectures at the Royal College of Art in London, and in 2011 we agreed to get involved with one of his course modules. His class came to visit us at the factory for a day hosted by Product Chief Andrea Meneghelli and Works Manager Steven Green. Ben's students were given the full tour as well as a crash course in our company's history. Thus armed they were challenged after lunch to start thinking of potential designs for a completely new product bearing our name. This year we gathered the students together again for a reunion of sorts, but also to see what they had come up with for us. In today's video, we see some of the ideas already as finished prototypes. As to which, if any, will be going into production at Brooks, we will keep you posted!
Why not buy a restored original?

B.32 frames can still be found - if you know where to look!
tony colegrave 23 May 2016 at 16:33
Only saw a brief glimpse but the saddle backrest looked good.
stephen 23 May 2016 at 16:33
Are the designs viewable up close anywhere on the Web? I'd like to get a closer look at some of them. Interesting.
Andy 23 May 2016 at 16:33
I found this, Brooks catalogues from the past, and there actually used to be backrests for saddles http://www.biker.bz/brooks-brand.html . I have only seen the 1916 and 1920 at the moment and they both have them.

I also saw the 'missing link' of saddles, the B32 with rear springing in the style of a B72 and a front loop spring. The current range has only the B72 with a type of rear springing that has no saddle with front springing and this type at the rear. So the B32 would be a great saddle to re-manufacture. I'd absolutely buy one!
Stephen 23 May 2016 at 16:33
E-mail me at tony_colegrave@hotmail.com, Stephen, and we can discuss details. Thanks.
Tony Colegrave 23 May 2016 at 16:33
One with a brand new top, i'd definately want one!
Stephen 23 May 2016 at 16:33