Ideale N. 52 Professional Leather Saddle: 1950's 1960's Randonneur - Dark Brown - Rare Model (EXC+ Show Worthy)
Gorgeous and rare saddle for your French constructeur randonneuse restoration or L'Eroica bicycle. It is in lovely condition with supple leather and many many miles of use left in it. This model is not seen often, and would be appropriate for your Alex Singer, Jo Routens, Peugeot, or other high level bike from the 1950's or 1960's. The aesthetics of pre-war Ideale saddles weren't very different from this one, and it wouldn't be out of place on a 1930's or 40's bike either.
The N. 52 Professional of the pro level French Ideale saddles that appear in the 1963 Ron Kitching catalog. They are listed under the Record and Professional range section, and have special features over the sport range such as removable steel wire spring attached with a single point to the frame cantle, easily adjustable nose tension, and reinforced frame. This 52 professional is exactly the same as the 52 Record, but with a waterproof treated leather top (like modern leather saddles) vs the Record's raw leather top.
Exceptional lightly used shape with a lovely patina for show or daily riding. Leather is very supple and flexible, with no dryness apparent. This lived much of it's later life on a show bike stored indoors and ridden seldomly. When you bend the side skirts inward or outward, the leather surface does not show cracks that spread like a dry saddle does. Yes you can see the grain of the leather and the micro finish level cracks that all older saddles get, but they're just surface level. The only real wear to note is the scuff on the left rear corner and a few random little spots where the finish has worn off in ~.5mm or less size range.
- Steel rails
- Made in France
- Dark brown leather
- Markings: "CROUPON GARANTI", TB, Made in France, Tron & Berthet