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Conditioning Brooks saddle…LinuxDude
Feb 12, 2003 8:24 AM
I recently purchased a standard black Brooks B.17 saddle from for a very reasonable price. The first thing I tried doing was to apply some Proofide (by Brooks) on the upper surface of the leather. But unlink my other Brooks Champion Flyer (which I no longer have) the leather seems to have an impermeable surface. The Proofide just stays there and doesn't get soaked. BTW, I did give it a couple of days before wiping it dry. So, now I have to condition it from the under side.

Has anyone else here had a similar problem with their Brooks saddle? Could this saddle be a cheap imitation? I posed this same question to and no reply so far.

re: Kepp up the good workBridgestoner
Feb 18, 2003 10:53 AM
You're good. Do the top often in the begining and underneith very infrequently. Ride, ride, ride. Don't be imaptient. If it softened fast the saddle would be sag in the not to distant future.
Did I mention ride, ride, ride? That bum action will massage it into the leather - albeit slowly
It must take about 10,000 milesDougSloan
Feb 20, 2003 7:29 AM
I have a Brooks Swift Titanium, and I cannot get that thing to soften, despite using almost a whole can of Proofide. I can't bear to ride it very long, as it's too painfull -- and this is from someone who comfortably rode 500 miles straight on SLR saddles.

I think the Proofide is mainly for the underside, isn't it?

I'm thinking of taking a hammer to it.

It only feels like foreverBridgestoner
Feb 20, 2003 8:28 AM
No, Prooride is not mainly for the underside. I'd say once under for every dozon o
My Swift fit perfectly out of the box and it was just a bonus when it did soften. They all break in at different rates, by the way. Sometimes it only feels like forever - usually people give up. I quit Brooks for 20 years, then I came back and won't ride anything else. Can't.

Never let it get too wet. If so, dry slowly and completely then apply Prooride top and bottom.

What color is that Swift of yours, Doug?
Feb 20, 2003 9:25 AM
Mine's black with the big copper rivets.

Hammer? Naw. Lon HaldemanOldEdScott
Feb 20, 2003 12:26 PM
is said to soak his in a tub of 10W-30 motor oil, then throw it out in the yard to let it dry/soak in.

Me, oddly enough, I prefer mine hard and unbroken-in. As they get softer they sag and I chafe. I'm constantly tightening the tension bolt, tilting the nose up etc to compensate. Because of this, I don't Proofide much, and I have to replace my Brookses a lot earlier than most people, every 10 years or so.
Tried loosening the tension???Alexx
Feb 24, 2003 6:10 AM
If it's really that hard, maybe you've got the leather tension too tight. There is an adjusting bolt in the nose of most Brooks saddles. I believe it uses a 13mm bolt, and Brooks makes a little wrench that fits in there easily.
Also, proofhide doesn't really sink through the dye on the surface too well. You have to condition the underside. If the leather is old and dry, though, try Neatsfoot oil.