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Caring for an old saddle...(4 posts)

Caring for an old saddle...bent_spoke
Dec 15, 2002 7:42 PM
I have an old leather saddle from a '75 Peugot. I ran out of neats foot while trying to condition it. I was wondering if I can use mineral oil to keep the leather soft. Also, should I add some oil to the bottom of the saddle? Thanks for you help!!
Think I'd pass onOldEdScott
Dec 16, 2002 5:42 AM
the mineral oil. You need something fatty and animal-organic, I believe, not just something oily.

Brroks says Proofide only, Rivendell says Obenauf's is OK, I say a 25-year-old saddle is probably thirsty enough to be happy with pretty much anything. But mineral oil would be at the bottom of my list.

And yeah, treat the bottom of the saddle too. Water flies up there.
Proofide has worked for me so farcory
Dec 16, 2002 7:55 AM
My Brooks Pro is pretty close to that old (15-18, anyway), and it's had nothing but Proofide two or three times a year. Still looks pretty good and feels fine.
I wouldn't use mineral oil, but I can't really tell you why--it just sounds weird. There are plenty of things made for leather; no reason not to use one of those.
re: Caring for an old saddle...Sadlebred
Dec 16, 2002 12:45 PM
Try going to a horse tack shop and buying leather care products. Lexol is what I use for my saddles (horse, not bike) as they are not being used right now (too busy cycling). I wipe them down with that about once a year to keep the leather soft. About every 3 months, I clean them with a product called Leather New that I've been using for 15+ years.