I'm not trying to turn this into a bicycle blog, or even a soapbox, but when I saw Dan Funderburgh's design for Brooks saddles, I felt compelled to comment. Not because it's absolutely gorgeous (it is), but because it's the antithesis of the douchey attempt by Georg Jensen that I posted about on Tuesday. This thing is obviously made by a bicycle guy with a passion for riding and for his craft. It's not cheap, but unlike the Georg Jensen bike, it reeks of quality. Brooks, a company that has been making bicycle seats since 1866, got it right. No surprise there. This from the site:
"Brooklyn-based artist, wallpaper designer and bike enthusiast Dan Funderburgh just tipped us to the Team Pro Alpe d'Huez, a seasonal edition bike seat from Brooks England. The handsome result of a collaboration between the venerable saddle maker and Funderburgh, it features his hand-hammered, topographic impression of the Alpe d'Huez.
With 21 hairpin turns and an average gradient of 8.1 percent over 13.1 kilometers, Alpe d'Huez is a legendary climb in the Tour de France. It has been a stage finish in the Tour most every year since 1976—the first was won in 1952 by Fausto Coppi, at a time when most cyclists were riding Brooks Saddles."