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My husband was 17 when he got his black Raleigh 10-speed bicycle with its Brooks B17 saddle. The bike took him through his teens and adulthood, from Cleveland to Boston to Queens, NY, to New Jersey. Who knows how many hundreds of miles it's traveled. Now 31 years have passed. "What do you want for your birthday?" I asked. “A new Brooks B17 saddle”, he replied. So, I went searching the bike stores of suburban New Jersey and found one. Today, he'll get his new saddle. Here's hoping that it will carry him through at least 31 more years.
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