After being advised by one reader, Peter, that getting a wider, sprung Brooks saddle for the Speedwell and swapping the B17 currently on it over to the Bennett would work well, it dawned on me that this made a lot of sense, as the B17 has never quite felt quite right on the Speedwell. Peter offered me a ride of his identically framed Speedwell, which has a similar sprung saddle, and while we were not able to organise this ride, I did ride two European upright loopframes with similar saddles and this was enough to convince me that it would be the right decision. So, having done some paid work recently and having a few dollars to spend on bike bling, and seeing the B67S Aged on Pedal and Thread for a good price, I went ahead and purchased it. I decided that the aged look suited the “dented and rusty aesthetic” of my Speedwell, if such a look can indeed be called an “aesthetic”, and that the springs would give me more comfort in the upright position. And though the old Speedwell does not have the Euro flair of the Abici and the Gazelle which I have recently ridden, it does suit this Brooks saddle, both in appearance and feel. It was also a happy coincidence that the saddle matches the handgrips.
Bennett update: this bike is now nearly finished and I will write about it soon.