December 13th, 2013
Ok gang. The time is here. I’m putting the fast boy swifts on sale so that I can get them out the door (for those who order promptly) in time for christmas delivery. One of these saddles would make a really beautiful gift, it has to be said.
An explanation, for those who missed it one way or another.. Last winter when I was building the UTA, Simon Firth (who builds custom bikes under the name Hanford Cycles, and is one half of the new and very cool Transport Cycles bike shop in Philadelphia, AND is the official Brooks repair man in the U.S.) took things into his own hands and contacted brooks on my behalf and had them donate a titanium brooks swift for the project. Before sending it to me, he replaced one of the beautiful big round rivets on the saddle, with a heart shaped rivet. The two of us liked this little touch so much, that we thought we should make it available to people in a limited run. It has taken us a little while, but we finally did it this fall, and I’m finally getting around to selling them TODAY!
This IS a limited run in a number of ways. There aren’t very many of these saddles. We won’t be doing it again. The saddles are only available in two of the three main colors that brooks uses (antique brown and black). The saddles are only available in the steel rail version. AND, we’re only offering swifts. The swift is not the saddle for everyone. (It IS the saddle for ME! I have been riding a brooks swift for the last 12 years or so. I own three of them (one in each color), and while I have had more than three bikes at various times over the last 12 years, I’ve never had more than three saddles.. like pedals, I just swap them around depending on what bike I want to ride). Relative to most of Brooks’ other saddles, the swift is quite narrow (and light). Depending on your anatomy, this will or won’t be comfortable. Through all my trials and tribulations in the region of my whatsis, the swift has remained the saddle for me, but that means very little as to how it will feel for you! All this to say: PLEASE don’t buy one of these saddles on a whim – they are very nice saddles and there are very few of them, and I’d like them to go to people who will cherish them, and ride them for years and years as I have done with mine.
The jerseys were the fist thing that I offered up for sale that I didn’t actually make. I WAS able to dictate most things about them, however, and in so doing control the outcome. These saddles are a little different. Simon did the original as a tribute of sorts.. a very loving gesture, I thought. It was his idea, and his execution. These saddles are no different. In this case, I am simply the one bank-rolling the operation, and dealing with the sales and shipping. It is a strange feeling for someone as controlling as ME to let go of the reins and just roll with it. To allow someone else to make something that I am willing to call an official fast boy product!! But these are simply beautiful. You will love and cherish yours. Each one is different, and there are very few of them. If you end up with one, it is pretty unlikely that you’ll ever bump into someone ELSE with one!
I am limiting sales to the US, I’m sorry to announce. International shipping and customs on these will be a hassle, and there are few enough to begin with that I’m eager to keep it simple. I apologize. (those of you living outside the US who REALLY want one, could always be clever and have it shipped to a friend IN the US and take it from there.. just sayin’)
OK. At some point in the next little while, these will go live over at the for sale page of the fast boy cycles site.