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Jan 25, 2004 3:03 AM
Any body know any majic tricks to break in a new Brooks saddle with only one or two rides? In all seriousness, any tricks to help speed along the process? My local machanic told me to soak it in water and ride it for as long as I could stand it; this does not seem to be good for the leather and it is the middle of winter. Thanks for any suggestions.
BROOKS SADDLE...break-indavet
Jan 25, 2004 3:22 AM
I've got Brooks saddles on three of my bikes plus on our tandem. What I do, aside from the Proofide treatment as recommended by Brooks, is loosen the tension screw 1/4 to 1/2 turn for the first few rides (100 miles or so) then tighten the screw back to where it was.

One of the keys to making a Brooks comfortable for you is the up/down tilt of the saddle. Depending on which model you have (I have the B-17's) they usually like a little nose up so the portion where you sit is sort of level. If you have a lot of handlebar drop, you may need to have the nose more down.
Back in the saddle again ...bsdc
Jan 25, 2004 5:49 AM
Someone may need to correct me on this. I don't use Brooks saddles, but I do use saddle soap to clean, soften and condition leather. I would think it could be good for your saddle. I can be found near shoe polishes.
Just ride it and let time take care of it...DINOSAUR
Jan 25, 2004 7:59 AM
I've used a Brooks Team Pro in the past, perhaps because it was "pre-softened" I did not find it needing a long break-in period. I think the thing with the all leather saddle is that they conform to the shape of your anatomy over a period of time. The only thing it took getting used to is that these saddles are hard, but that goes away within the first couple of miles (for me anyway) Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I think the proofhide is supposed to be applied underneath the saddle, this is the area that needs to be protected....
Don't soak itcoonass
Jan 25, 2004 8:14 AM
unless you want to ruin it.....Proofhide is the ONLY product you should use on it, not saddle soap or anything else....I don't know where/how the '500 mile break-in' got started but it's 'BS'. I have 3 bikes with Swifts and never had any thoughts of 'break-in' mileage. Your body heat & sweat will allow the saddle to conform naturally to your anatomy; more so than any other marketed product. My method for applying Proofhide: use a foam shoe polish applicator (2/$1.00) to spread a light application all over the saddle, then cover the saddle with plastic wrap (i.e., Saran wrap) and let it remain overnight (or until your next ride), then buff with a cotton towel....over the years, the patina will just get better....
Break in varies by modelramboorider
Jan 25, 2004 2:34 PM
Swifts feel pretty broken in to me right off the bat. B-17s don't, but they feel fine un-broken-in and just get better with time. Pros are another story - those suckers are STIFF and take a while to get comfortable, at least for me. But lordy are they comfortable after a season or two of heavy use.

Jan 26, 2004 10:53 AM
One or two rides might be rushing things a bit. I used the proofide, a little neatsfoot oil, and very gentle tapping with a ballpeen hammer. It's a tad softer and I don't slip as much on it (I got the finese) but it's good enough that I can ride it and break it in better. You don't want to oversoften leather. My old brooks never did get soft but it was still comfortable.

My new seatpost should be in this week, the setback on my old one is not enough.