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Proofide questions ...(11 posts)

Proofide questions ...Humma Hah
Apr 19, 2003 8:09 AM
... The tin of Brooks Proofide came in yesterday, and I applied it to the cruiser's new B73 last night. The ride this morning showed a definite increase in comfort, although the saddle was already improving slightly with each ride.

Question 1: Anybody know why this leather treatment smells like citronella? Ought to keep bugs off the saddle, but is there some non-entomological reason?

Question 2 (jokingly): If this stuff is so good for tough leather, how would it be as an alternative for the chaffed privates of a leathery old cyclist, as compared to Bag Balm?
re: Proofide questions ...curlybike
Apr 19, 2003 8:39 AM
I assume that you put the Proofhide on the inside surface of the saddle. I read that you are not supposed to put it on the seat surface. It is also a great lube for the leather in a Silca pump. I have no answer for your questions.
re: Proofide questions ...toomanybikes
Apr 19, 2003 10:18 AM
Actually I find it smells like nothing so much as plain old fashioned saddle soap, for those of those that grew up in places where we would know these things. Brooks say you have to use Proofide because it has "special" ingredients!

I suspect it is just saddle soap with a higher price tag, but I buy it anyway.

The only one of the Brooks saddles you are not supposed to put the stuff on the top surface of is the Team Pro - they have put some other treatment on it.

You should however, put it on both top and bottom of the b73, you want to give the underside some protection.

I don't knw that I would use it on the rider's leathery parts as I believe the main ingredient is Beef Tallow ( rendered carcass!!)
re: Proofide questions ...micha
Apr 19, 2003 1:27 PM
Humma Hah,not exactly an answer to your questions, but another endeavor whose practicioners spend much time and money caring for expensive leather is the horse sport. There must be at least 100 lotions, potions, waxs, sprays etc. to weather-proof, soften, sun-proof, preserve, supple, shine etc. equine saddles, bridles, boots, girths, chin straps, martingales and on and on.

Go to any tack shop and you'll find a leather care aisle stocked with a mind-boggling array of leather care products. Open products and sniff until you smell Proofide. You may get your perfect bike saddle treatment at a fraction of the Proofide cost.
re: Proofide questions ...Jon Billheimer
Apr 19, 2003 1:32 PM
Hey Humma,

Be careful! The stuff'll waterproof your balls:)-
Ideal for rugby players!n/mcurlybike
Apr 19, 2003 7:50 PM
It's called Saddle Soaptoomanybikes
Apr 20, 2003 6:10 AM
It's called Saddle Soapcurlybike
Apr 20, 2003 2:11 PM
Brooks explicitly warns against using saddle soapas it will cause the leather to stretch out of shape and make the saddle tear up long before its time.
It's called Saddle Soaptoomanybikes
Apr 20, 2003 3:23 PM
Yeah I know they do but I can't convince myself that this isn't just marketing.

Proofide looks, smells and feels JUST like saddle soap! Now, that said, I use Proofide.

After spending that much for the saddles and having them all broken in, why take a chance!?
It is way different than anySaddle Soap, i've used n/mcurlybike
Apr 20, 2003 8:30 PM
re: Proofide questions ...JS Haiku Shop
Apr 21, 2003 5:16 AM
Answer 1: I'm not sure why it smells like backyard tiki torches, but it sure tastes like pink limeade. Yum!

Answer 2: Absolutely no comment.

Observation: Proofide is a leather treatment, and is not intended to/not touted to assist with "break-in". Though if you could prove it, I'll bet sales of Proofide would "skyrocket".