The following bike saddle care directions are from The Brooks
Cycle Saddles Company in England.
Leather Bike Saddle Care.
Congratulations on choosing a Brooks leather saddle. You
have chosen a quality product which will bring you many years of cycling
comfort. Leather is a natural material, which will provide lasting
comfort, coolness in hot weather, style and durability. If you follow these simple instructions your saddle will adapt
itself to you and retain its support and comfort. A new saddle should be
treated with the Proofide to help assist the 'breaking - in' process.
Proofide helps keep the leather supple as it is specially formulated from
natural ingredients to condition, preserve and rain proof your saddle.
Proofide is the only substance that should be used to care for your saddle.
Apply a little Proofide to the finished side of the leather. Allow the Proofide to permeate until dry and then polish off. Proofide should be used several times during the 'breaking-in' period and every 3 - 6 months thereafter. On bicycles not fitted with
mudguards, an initial application to the underside of the saddle will be
beneficial. This need not be polished off. The leather gets its color
during the tanning process and it is possible, therefore, that some color
residues will remain. It is recommended to polish the saddle with a soft
cloth before first use.
You should protect your leather saddle from moisture with a
saddle cover. If a wet saddle is ridden the color may stain your clothing.
Allow wet saddles to dry naturally. Never tension or Proofide a wet saddle.
Correct leather tension will ensure your saddle retains its
shape and comfort. To tension, turn the nose bolt nut 90°
at a time, checking tension. You can use the tension wrench or allen
key to do this. Over-tensioning a saddle will overstretch the leather
fibers and may destroy their structure. Little and not very often is the
key. Remember, once the end of the nose bolt is reached, the saddle can no
longer be tensioned.
Different bicycle touring saddles
Brooks produces a range of saddles
varying from race saddles to heavy duty saddles in various colors with single,
double, and even triple wires. Whilst single rail saddles can be used with a
micro-adjust seat pin, remember that with double and triple railed saddles, the
clip provided should always be used as this supports the saddle/rider correctly
preventing premature breakage to the rails.
Brooks supply a range of spare parts
for your saddle to ensure it is always in a good state of repair.
Your Brooks saddle is guarenteed for
two years from the date of purchase against defects in manufacture or materials.
If you believe you have a claim under this guarantee, you
should return the saddle to the place of purchase along with your proof of
Brooks Leather Saddles
are very comfortable but need to be conditioned on a regular
basis, especially when they're new. Saddles get exposed to rain, sun and heat that
causes premature wearing and cracks. For extended touring, I go through one canister per
year per saddle.
popular demand, the Brooks line of saddles are the most requested item that
you our customers are asking for. The Classic? B17 is an all leather cover
with brass rivets plus tension adjuster. When broken in? Brooks saddles are
considered by many to be the most comfortable on the market. The Standard
width (6 3/4?) is ideal for commuting, long distance trekking and general
purpose riding. Steel rails. 518g. (weights vary slightly, due to cover
thickness). Specify Color: Black or HoneyBK-B17-(color)
For the ultimate cycling
comfort. If you have had trouble getting comfortable on bike seats,
things like back pain distracts from enjoying the ride, or you have any
other aches and comfort issues while bicycling you might try the super shock
absorbing leather touring saddle from Brooks. One spring
in the front, two in the rear, comfortable and stylish.