In 1866 John Boultbee Brooks established a business in horse harnesses and general leather goods in Great Charles Street under the name JB Brooks & Co. In 1878, the unfortunate death of Mr Brooks’ horse led to a stroke of inspiration. Unable to afford another horse, he borrowed a bicycle in order to commute to work. He found the seat so uncomfortable that he vowed to do something about it. On 28 October 1882, Mr. Brooks filed his first saddle patent. Waddling cyclists everywhere rejoiced and the new product was a roaring success.
In addition to the Brooks saddles they now also manufacture many other products related to cycling, like bicycle racks, saddle bags, backpacks and ponchos.