Commuting - saddle stains on my pants
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09-12-11, 11:03 AM
I love Brooks saddles, but I quit using them because they ruined just about every pair of pants I own rubbing the dye off onto by bottom. Granted I only used neats foot oil (which I know a lot of people hate on), but are there any other products I can use to keep them in shape that won't do this? I've heard of similar things happening with proofide, etc. The one product I haven't been able to turn up many answers about is sno-seal - does anyone have any experience with this? Or any other products that didn't ruin their pants? I don't want to use a plastic bag or saddle cover every time I get on my bike either.
09-12-11, 11:19 AM
You can use a saddle cover, or wear dark colored pants, or wear cycling shorts and switch into pants at your destination. Leather can stain light colored pants, and I don't know if there is really any way to prevent that.
09-12-11, 11:41 AM
I think I would have stopped wearing decent pants on the Brooks after the first pair got ruined. :rolleyes: Brooks says on their site that the dye can/will discolor light clothing. That's why bicycle-specific shorts are usually black.
09-12-11, 11:45 AM
Just use proofhide, and apply it from the underside. It's the neatsfoot oil not the saddle that's causing the issue.
I generally have a brown stain on my black pants.
It comes from the honey brown brooks, not the proximity of the cages.
Brooks recommends NEVER applying OIL to the saddle. The oil saturates the leather and then bleeds out, onto the rider's bum. Brooks only recommends their proprietary Proofide dressing, which is a waxy lubricant and water-resistant sealer. I've used both Proofide and Obenauf's leather wax, and they're both great...mostly due to the fact that they're not oil-based.
09-12-11, 06:35 PM
Cycle shorts traditionally are Black for a reason. you have rediscovered the reason.
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