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In 1866 J.B. Brooks moved from the small town of Hinckley to Birmingham with £20 in his pocket. He established himself as a dealer in General Leather Goods under the name of J.B. Brooks & Co. The firm was only making steady progress until something happened in 1878. Mr Brooks had been in the habit of riding a horse to and from his business, but this horse died. Mr Brooks felt he could not afford to buy another horse, so a friend lent him a bicycle to make the journey.

This introduced J.B. Brooks to cycling, but he found it so uncomfortable that he vowed he would make something more comfortable for the rider to sit on. On 28th October 1882, John Boultbee Brooks filed his first patent on “Saddles for Bicycles and Tricycles”.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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