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Old 06-17-12, 08:33 AM   #1
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Repairing the leather on my Brooks saddle

I took a fall off my bike yesterday and the bike flipped big time and landed hard on my honey brown Brooks saddle. It is only two years old and was so beautiful. Any tips on how to restore it back to its formal glory?

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I wish that you had posted yesterday. I was trying to explain to my 8 year old grand daughter what "patina" means.

That's a perfect example of patina. It's beautification through the normal use and ageing process. If manufacturers could figure out how to fake it, they would. Jeans manufacturers try but they never get it quite right. I'd just give it a touch of Proofide and let it go. It shows the saddle has been both used and loved.
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Was top grain, now its suede?.. in that spot,
I put a ding in my now 35 year old Brooks Pro in the mid 80's ..
[brown-black the only color then ] top center .. now.. I hardly notice it..

Maybe , lay some Proofide on the spot and ignore it .. it is behind you after all.

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Find a good cobbler and see if he can buff it for you.




Where does one find these neat little straps or are they homemade?

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First hit on Google search for "bike wine bottle carrier"; looks like the same image:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72559858...eather-1-frame
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Retro Grouch, I think you perfectly understand my feeling of distraught. After picking my self off the ground and checking over my Mercian, I commented to another rider about my saddle, "Damn, I'd rather have scuffed my frame."
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Maybe , lay some Proofide on the spot and ignore it
+1 You will get used to it.
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First hit on Google search for "bike wine bottle carrier"; looks like the same image:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72559858...eather-1-frame

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Retro Grouch, I think you perfectly understand my feeling of distraught. After picking my self off the ground and checking over my Mercian, I commented to another rider about my saddle, "Damn, I'd rather have scuffed my frame."
Yeah. Your butt heals for free. Sometimes.
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You won't get it back to "new" condition, but I've found that shoe polish followed by SnoSeal (sometimes multiple repetitions) will often get quite acceptable results. The shoe polish provides pigment to the damaged leather so it more closely matches the surrounding leather; the SnoSeal has a solvent that carries the pigment deeper into the leather than would otherwise be the case, and the beeswax in the SnoSeal flattens the knap on the damaged area and seals the pigment into the leather.

This is a 1967 Brooks Professional saddle I received with multiple scuffed areas similar to what your saddle has suffered, and treated with the above regimen (the superficial cracks in the leather were present on receipt and don't affect performance:


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I like the shoe polish suggestion. It will certainly help match up the color. And yes, time heals all wounds, or at least lets you get use to them...
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Back when I rode a Brooks Pro, I took it to the shoemaker once a year or so after the winter. He was an old Italian craftsman and cleaned and polished it back to near new condition. That saddle saw over 50,000 all weather miles and still looks decent after 45 years.

In my Italian circle back then "shoemaker" was a derogatory term for a poor mechanic. So it was kind ironic that my road bike was cared for annually by a shoemaker. He was also the go to guy for cleat installations (when they were nailed on) and our shop sent all our new shoe buyers to see him.

If there's a decent shoemaker (should be at least 50 years old) around, he can probably clean it up for you. If not, the next best place to find good leather work is in the saddle (horse) trade. The only problem is that folks are used to a monied crowd and know how to charge.
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Note that any shoe products you use on the saddle will come off on any pants you sit on the saddle with.
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Note that any shoe products you use on the saddle will come off on any pants you sit on the saddle with.
One good reason to wear only black cycling shorts.
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