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A Brooks Saddle Question --(7 posts)

A Brooks Saddle Question --Gregory Taylor
Feb 14, 2003 2:19 PM
I'm in the market for a new saddle for my fixie. The bike is a retro-looking confection that just SCREAMS to have a Brooks Saddle mounted on it. I'm looking at a B17 Narrow - the price is decent and it looks like it would be a good match for my derriere.

Anyway, my question is this: will getting a Brooks saddle wet kill it? How much wet riding will it stand before it rolls over and dies? I've read that you shouldn't get these things wet, but sooner or later all of my bikes get caught out in the rain. Is a Brooks for me, or should I just go and buy another plain Flite?
Damage not too hard to avoid...cory
Feb 14, 2003 3:04 PM
Bear in mind that I live in Reno, where it rains six or seven inches a year, but one of my Brookses is almost 20 years old and still doing fine. I put Proofide (Brooks' goop) on it, top and bottom, 2-3 times a year, but no more than that. If it's REALLY raining I cover it with a plastic bag (you can buy commercial covers, too). The few times it's gotten soaked, I haven't ridden it until it dried--I'm sure that would stretch it. And the bike I usually ride in rain/mud/snow has an Avocet saddle--if I know it's going to be wet, I don't take the Brooks. But I don't baby it, either.
The Rivendell website and sheldonbrown.com both have sections on Brooks care--Riv, for instance, says to use fenders in winter to keep off the roadsplash. But it hasn't been much of an issue for me.
Check this out:carpe_podium
Feb 14, 2003 3:15 PM
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/leather.html
They can take a lot of abuseRay Sachs
Feb 14, 2003 3:30 PM
I have a few Brooks' - my oldest is a seven year old B-17 that's been good and soaked several times, including on tour where I had no choice but to ride it while it was still wet. It's the most comfortable saddle I own and is definitely well broken in. A bit stretched? Maybe, but a half turn on the tension bolt seems to take care of that. I may not get the 30 years out of this saddle that some folks claim, but I'm quite sure I'll get 15-20 and that's enough that I don't worry about getting it wet. Carry a saddle cover with you and avoid getting it totally soaked, use Proofide a couple times a year, and you shouldn't have ANY problems.

-Ray
re: A Brooks Saddle Question --mackgoo
Feb 14, 2003 4:49 PM
I have Brooks on both my bikes, one a cross bike. I only ride that in the winter. My road bike I've been very concerned with just this fact. The cross bike? Well due to the nature of it's intended use I haven't thought once about this. I've used this saddle for two years now and it doesn't appear to be suffering. The two main points are, proof hide it once a year maybe, and if it does get soaked let it dry before riding again. I've found an over night dry does it.
Thanks for the answers --Gregory Taylor
Feb 14, 2003 5:24 PM
Heck, these things are made in England, and it simply POURS over there...

I'll throw a plastic baggie in my jersey if it looks like rain.
re: A Brooks Saddle Question --satin
Feb 15, 2003 6:44 PM
HEY BROOKS SADDLES GETTING WET. DON,T WORRY ABOUT IT.
I LIVE IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON AND WORK ON THE COAST PORTLAND TO THE CANADIAN BORDER. THERE IS A BIKE ON TOP OF MY VAN ALL THE TIME WITH A BROOKS SADDLE ON IT FOR OVER 4 YEARS. DRYRIDER MAKES A SADDLE COVER THAT I PUT ON IT WHEN TRAVELING AND KEEP IT WITH ME WHEN I RIDE. IT WORKS GREAT EVEN IN HARD RAIN AT 70 MPH. THE BIGGEST THING TO WORRY ABOUT IS IF IT GETS SOAKING WET LET IT DRY OUT AT ROOM TEMP. THEN COAT THE UNDERSIDE WITH BROOKS PROOFHIDE. I,VE BEEN RIDING BROOKS SADDLES FOR OVER 20 YEARS. NEVER HAVE HAD A PROBLEM. GOOD LUCK.