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Brooks saddle care ????(19 posts)

Brooks saddle care ????Little giant
Oct 23, 2001 5:18 AM
I have a Brooks leather saddle....yes I know...ugly.....but I recently rode 150 miles on it and it felt like a dream. I had a prolink before and yeecch.....
I have been using saddle soap to clean it and mink oil to preserve it....based on years of having leather shoes and goods. However, I have been told that those products will clog the pores of the saddle and not allow it to breathe.
They suggest Proofide.....a semi-solid blend of natural fats which will allow it to breathe and preserve the life of the saddle. Is this fact or just a marketing ploy to purchase Proofide ?
re: Brooks saddle care ????morey
Oct 23, 2001 5:27 AM
Even leather furniture tells you not to use saddle soap or mink oil. Proofride is a leather conditioner, you do not have to use their brand. Many companies make leather conditioners.
re: Brooks saddle care ????morey
Oct 23, 2001 5:28 AM
I agree it is ugly, but is it comfortable!!!
re: Brooks saddle care ????DAC
Oct 23, 2001 5:47 AM
Neatsfoot oil and Amsol work good, too. Never use shoe waterproofer
Not ugly! Thing of beauty! Butscottfree
Oct 23, 2001 6:00 AM
it WILL be ugly soon if you keep using saddle soap and mink oil on it.

As another poster suggests, a leather conditioner/dressing is what you want, and another brand will probably be OK to use instead of Proofide, but why take a chance? Proofide is cheap (6-7 bucks a tin, which will last a long, long time), we know it works, so why take a chance with stuff that costs just as much but may do harm? (Plus Proofide has beeswax, which helps with waterproofing).

Also, don't make the mistake of thinking that if a little is good a lot is better. After your saddle's broken in, just Proofide it two or three times a YEAR.
Not ugly! Thing of beauty! ButLittle giant
Oct 23, 2001 6:58 AM
Thanks Guys.......the info was very helpful......just that Proofide not available in Jamaica....will have to special order it....
Sheldon Brown says...Dog
Oct 23, 2001 7:16 AM
The bike guru:
? Right URL? nmscottfree
Oct 23, 2001 7:21 AM
oops - right urlDog
Oct 23, 2001 8:44 AM
must have been from that other thread - no intention of getting a discussion of that started
Didn't think so!scottfree
Oct 23, 2001 8:58 AM
Sheldon Brown says...nm
Oct 23, 2001 8:14 AM
Notice that G.W. "the idiot" Bush has the minor role of drum player. Isn't it strange that your enemy (Bin Laden) is smarter than your dumb prez!!
Don't blame us7ti
Oct 23, 2001 8:36 AM
The majority of voters didn't vote for him. He is the president of the dumb minority.
Both of you can Bite Me !John Evans
Oct 23, 2001 9:18 AM
Voted for GWB
IQ 165
From the fly over State of Tennessee

John Evans
IQ of 165?? Give me a break!Rusty McNasty
Oct 23, 2001 9:29 AM
A linguist recently pegged GWB's IQ at about 90, based on his limited language skills. With a family like his, even their dog (no offense, doug) could've earned an MBA from Yale! In fact. I'll bet that Millie was smarter!
Yours and his added together wouldn't come close to 165peace
Oct 23, 2001 10:11 AM
I wasn't thinkingJohn Evans
Oct 24, 2001 4:51 AM
I have enjoyed this forum and learned allot as I am new to road biking. I don?t agree with those who have posted in the past that discussions should limited to cycle only posts, I have been entertained by many of the threads that are of a personal nature. However as we build these cyber communities we have to live with the anonymous idiots who chose to spout inflammatory statements. My reply above was wrong, I should have the self-restraint to avoid responding to these baseless and foolish words. I have unintentionally aided these idiots in there efforts to stir up trouble. You can?t win a debate with a fool hidden by a screen name, only a fool would try.

John Evans
Rockwood, TN 37854
oh my. nmbill
Oct 24, 2001 1:29 PM
My apologies -- I was being ethnocentricscottfree
Oct 23, 2001 7:26 AM
You can order Proofide lots of places. Here's an outfit in New Orleans that's great to deal with (link to Proofide page):
A tale of two Brooksescory
Oct 23, 2001 8:20 AM
I use Proofide once or twice a year on mine and I've never been sorry--a 6-buck can has lasted four or five years, and I've got more than half of it left.
Might be overkill, though. My old Peugeot came with a Brooks Pro, and this spring I found that saddle, long forgotten, in a box where it had been since I moved into my house in 1979. The thing's been in the attic of an unheated shed, where temperatures go from way over 100 in the summer to well below zero in winter. I dusted the saddle off, greased it up with Proofide and put it on an old bike, and for all I can tell, it's no different from the year-old B-17 on my Atlantis.
For that matter, the one on the Atlantis doesn't seem any different from the seven- or eight-year-old one on my commuter. I'm sure all three of them will outlast me...