General Cycling Discussion - Substitute dubbin for proofide on a Brooks saddle?
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04-05-10, 09:55 PM
Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone has compared the two? I just got a band new Brooks and want to weather proof/start breaking in. I'm really not trying to be a penny pincher, I'm willing to spring for the proofide. The thing is I work In a leather workshop and have dubbin on hand, we even sell the stuff, so if it works the same........ Dubbin is goose fat mainly and proofide is just some veg oil animal fat and beeswax, does this combo really make a difference? The main thing is treating it right, I can't see dubbin making it too soft, but still I'd like the opinion of someone who had done it. Cheers.
04-06-10, 08:37 PM
only concern i'd have is that dubbin (which i'd never heard of until I read your post and googled it) might soften the leather too much, but if Proofhide is what you say it is, probably not. I use Obenauf's Leather Preservative on my Brooks saddles, because somebody gave me four pounds of it a few years ago. You only need a blob about the size of a kidney bean to do a whole saddle.
Brooks makes a mystery out of this, but it's just leather, you know? It does seem to be important not to treat it too often. Grant Petersen at Rivendell says once or twice a year, no more than that.
If you can live with stink that stuff makes. Actually im not sure it would sink in enuff on the top and it would sure be awfull to get on clothes, its way to greasy for that application.. Probably would be good on bottom side. I used to use it for work boots.
04-08-10, 09:24 AM
Brooks saddles have been around a long, long time and have endured all sorts of abuse. Some swear by leaving it alone and letting it break in and age on its own. Others actually soak it in motor oil and bake it in an oven before its first use. There are also those who say you need to beat the crap out of it with a rubber mallet.
I have only heard of one person who actually damaged their Brooks to the point of not getting a decade of use out of it.
I use Fiebing's Aussie Leather Conditioner only because I like the smell of it better than Proofhide.
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