12 November, 2008

Happy Bottom Saddles


My old company sells an amazingly comfortable kayak seat that I'd named the "Happy Bottom Pad". I was so tickled by that name that when I sold the company I reserved the right to use it in future. But my plans for a VO Happy Bottom Saddle have come to naught. My staff thinks the name is too stupid and I've been talked out of it.

Nonetheless, these are very very comfortable saddles. At 205mm they are wide enough for even the most ample of bottoms and absolutely luxurious for the svelte behind. They are sprung so one's stately composure is not compromised by even the most potholed of lanes. Of course these are saddles for sitting upright on a proper city bike with high handlebars, not for racing about. As for their weight, well that's a bit like money, not something we talk about in polite society.

There are actually two different models. The black ones are Model 7 and have the skirts folded in and riveted to prevent splaying. The Model 8 saddles are brown and have an old-fashioned tie to rein in the skirts. We'll see which system our customers prefer. Otherwise they are identical.

As with our other saddles, they are made from the finest Australian cow hide with an anti-stretch layer laminated underneath. The frames are chrome plated steel. Bag loops are standard and tension adjustment is via the included Allen wrench. At $85 they are not an unreasonable indulgence.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

darn! I just ordered a B66 elsewhere! Oh well, this should sell quite quickly given the popularity of english 3 speeds, dutch townies, a french city bikes these days.

Cheers!
Allan

Wayne said...

Any chance of getting a wider versoin of your Aardvark saddle cover for these? That would be the perfect combo for my errand bike.

patates frites said...

Awesome! I'm ordering a brown one today.

Chris Kulczycki said...

Tom just checked and the Aardvark cover does fit on these saddles.

Gunnar Berg said...

Listen to the staff. Please.

jimmythefly said...

Those bag loops look suspiciously close to bottle-opener dimensions. Please confirm. (And feel free to do as many trial bottle-openings as needed!)

James said...

If you ever set up japanese distribution, you could use the name Happy Bottom Saddle.

If you order a wide model to compete with the Lepper you could call it the "Wide bottom zitsplaats"

Raiyn said...

Honestly, I like the "Happy Bottom" nameplate

patrick said...

what's so wrong with a Happy Bottom? Just tell them it's named after a little valley in Tennessee.

Tom said...

I preferred the Happy Ending saddle, but that was kinda shot down too.

Anonymous said...

Chris,

These appear to have 2 too few rivets on the cantle. Any reason for that? Fewer rivets lead to the saddle losing shape earlier as the load is concentrated at fewer points. The 6 rivet system was finalized long ago to prevent this.

Greg said...

Go with a foreign language. Looks good in French: heureux bas.

Nice in Italian: felice fondo.

Festive Norwegian: glad bunnen.

Kind of dirty in Vietnamese: hạnh phúc cuối.

Your company. Call it what you will. I'm sure you'll sell loads.

Cheers!

Greg

Anonymous said...

your staff is wrong about the name. Save yourself, fire them immediately.

Anonymous said...

No less than 20min ago I purchased a Selle An-Atomica Titanico. I would have appreciated if you posted these saddles a day sooner. Now I may have buy one of these as well.

This saddle should sell very well.

Scott G. said...

The "Happy Bottom Riding Club"
was the bar at Edwards AFB.
Pancho Barnes prop.

Good name for a saddle, go for it.

Anonymous said...

Where are these saddles made?

Anonymous said...

they are made form cow skin--read the post.

Anonymous said...

I asked WHERE they were made, mister snippy.

I'm assuming it's either China or Taiwan. Personally I'd rather pay the extra $20 or so for the quality assured by a 142-year company history and first-world manufacture(where employees have rights, benefits, the ability to unionize, etc).

That's just me, and maybe these are made in Japan, or elsewhere without such dubious quality and human rights concerns.

I'd just like to know which it is.

patates frites said...

If I'm not mistaken, CK has them made in Taiwan. I don't think Taiwan has the slave labor problems that China does.

Anonymous said...

Last time I checked, Chris DOES sell the saddles made by the 142 year old company that manufactors in a first world country. I don't thinks its about that. I love English craftsmanship as much as the next guy, but a little choice is nice. And people in Taiwan need jobs too. Now if only the VO saddle came in honey brown...

Anonymous said...

Taiwan is a first world democracy with good work conditions. It's about like Japan was 20 years ago.

That 142 year old British company is now owned by large Italian company. As for working conditions in Britain, have you not read Dickens?

patates frites said...

Yeah, I read Mr. Dickens' latest report in the Daily Mail. Conditions are horrible in the leather tanneries. Starving eight-year-old children work twelve-hour days. But I think we'll see improvements in 1835.

Anonymous said...

Working conditions in Taiwan factories are pretty damn good. A lot better than the factories I grew up around when I was younger, here in the good ol USA.

Organizing union workplaces in the US is no easy task. Look at Walmart as an example. or Trek. Yeah- Trek. That's a union free factory. Dick Burke said if Trek even had to think about unions in his workplace, he'd shut it down. Hates em. His son is no friendlier towards unions than his dad was.

Taiwan is a completely different environment for workers than China. In China, they are fed, housed and clothed as well as getting paid a wage. In Taiwan, they no longer build dorms or provide food or clothing for their unionized workers. Most workers in most factories are paid a pretty decent working class/middle class wage for the skills they provide.

I guess Velo Orange can source stuff from the good ol USA, but quality would suffer, lead times would go up, and prices would go through the roof. ppl complain about the high price of a $175 stainless porteur rack and demand a cheaper one, but at the same time expect it to be built in the US?

Imagine what a quill or CNC platform pedal would cost if it were made in the states?
maybe $110 for a speedplay (if it's even made in the states - they may use the Maquiladoras just across the San Diego/TJ border), like Spinergy does.

The White pedals have no retail price and are basically vaporware, but would prolly sell for $175. Also a union free shop.

Try to contract with Wald to fabricate a nice alloy tourist handlebar. Can't be done at any price or volume. If you want a decent shape that is symmetrical, then your QC standards are unrealistic.

Seems to me, if you want union labor you need to go global and buy from Wellgo, MKS, etc.

James said...

Last I 'eard Brooks employees are a bunch of over worked underpaid yorkshire nobs and chavs 'oo are werkin slavelike an fed moldy bread and forced ter work durin' coronation street and are only let out of the bleedin' factory ter collect Tesco 2p bangers and brown sauce once a fortnight.

Anonymous said...

The cockney version of my diatribe:

Workin' conditions in Taiwan factories are pretty damn good. A bit better than the factories I grew up 'round wen I were yunger, here in the good ol USA. Organizin' union workplaces in the US is no easy task. 'Ave a look at Walmart as an example. or Trek. Yeah- Trek. That's a union free factory. Dick Burke said if Trek even 'ad ter ffink about unions in 'is workplace, right, he'd shut it dahn. Hates em. His son is no matelier towards unions than 'is dad were. Taiwan is a completely different environment for workers than China. In China, right, they are fed, right, housed and cloffed as well as copping paid a wage. In Taiwan, right, they no longer build dorms or provide food or clobugger for their unionized workers. Most workers in most factories are paid a pretty decent workin' class/middle class wage for the bloomin' skills they provide. I guess Velo Orange can source stuff from the good ol USA, but quality would suffer, lead times would go up, and prices would go frough the roof. ppl complain about the high price of a $175 stainless porteur rack and demand a cheaper one, but at the same time expect it ter be built in the US? Imagine wot a quill or CNC platform pedal would cost if it were made in the states? maybe $110 for a speedplay (if it's even made in the states - they may use the Maquiladoras just across the bleedin' San Diego/TJ border), like Spinergy does. The Wite pedals 'ave no retail price and are basically vaporware, but would prolly sell for $175. Right. Also a union free shop. Try ter contract wiv Wald ter fabricate a nice alloy tourist 'andlebar. Can't be done at any price or volume. If yer want a decent shape that is symmetrical, ffen yor QC standards are unrealistic. Seems ter me, if yer want union labor yer need ter go global and buy from Wellgo, MKS, etc.

Thank you www.rinkworks.com.....

Pierre Renua said...

So where do the taiwanese get the cow skin ? Are the cows treated poorly, are they organic free-range cows ?

And do the worker in the factory get paid overtime?

As a french socialist these things matter to me, more than a cheap price.

Tom said...

Our Taiwan factory sources their cowhide from Australia.

Are the cows treated well...? They are killed for use in .

I'm not sure of the specific conditions of the hide cattle our leather comes from, but in general it seems like Australian hide cattle (cows, oxen, goats, etc) are usually free range. This is a different industry than cattle for meat production. They are not penned in or grain fed until they are rounded up for a one way ticket to the disassembly lines (....) .

Sorry for the grisly portrait, but that's cattle hide production, even British Brooks saddle and mudflap leather.

Anonymous said...

I really like that the springs are chrome plated. I am trying to match saddles on a tandem and want springs for stoker and straight rails for captain. Can't match rails w/ a team pro with a champion flyer s. Can I get a matched set with a pair of happy bottoms 1 sprung, 1 not?