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    soaked Brooks

    well it happened, caught in the rain for a couple hours. now what. did some reading and not pleased with what I read. the best I could do was paper towel it dry, then cover with paper towel and newspaper and 3 plastic bags. it will rain more tonight. ugh. hoping to ride in the morning ...

    it was dry at Woods Hole and on the ferry but raining in Vineyard Haven
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    After it gets soaked, just place it someplace out of the rain to dry but don't obsess over it.
    If it's still a bit wet the next day, well then, it will just conform to your backside a little bit faster.

    I used to leave mine outside at work every day, rain, shine, or snow. Just wiped it off, rode home, and brought it inside. Never a problem.

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    I would not ride it until completely dry. Wet leather stretches and doesn't shrink back!
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    overcast and humid but I believe air drying has begun. the paper towel and newspaper were quite damp so they absorbed some of it
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    Throw it in a big bag of rice. It works well as a desiccant.
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    I don't know if they've changed the quality of these in the ensuing decades, but I had been riding a Brooks Pro for decades in ALL weather conditions, and of course it got wet. But bicycles are (or were) all weather vehicles, and have been ridden in the rain for over a century with leather saddles. This shouldn't be an issue, and never was for me. I rode in the rain, rode the saddle wet during and after the rain, and never did anything special except the initial treatment. My saddle's leather top survived in perfect condition except for years and outlasted the frame whose back brace cracked. I did a weld repair burning the leather slightly and put about 20,000 more miles on it after that before retiring that bike.
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    I got caught in that rain yesterday on the CapeCod Rail Trail. My Brooks has gotten wet plenty of times. I do tend to put a saddle cover on it when it is on the car, but I don't freak if I forget- plastic shopping bag works in a pinch too. I coated the top and the bottom with Proofide when it was brand new, and renew the coating once a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    I don't know if they've changed the quality of these in the ensuing decades, but I had been riding a Brooks Pro for decades in ALL weather conditions, and of course it got wet. But bicycles are (or were) all weather vehicles, and have been ridden in the rain for over a century with leather saddles. This shouldn't be an issue, and never was for me. I rode in the rain, rode the saddle wet during and after the rain, and never did anything special except the initial treatment. My saddle's leather top survived in perfect condition except for years and outlasted the frame whose back brace cracked. I did a weld repair burning the leather slightly and put about 20,000 more miles on it after that before retiring that bike.
    Same with me (except the saddle was an Ideale). Rode it in all weather for over 40 years and the leather is fine. Back of the frame cracked on either side or I would still be riding it. Don't obsess about a little water. Some of the worst saddles I have seen have been ones that were overtreated.
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    Yours doesn't get soaked in buttsweat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by a77impala View Post
    I would not ride it until completely dry. Wet leather stretches and doesn't shrink back!
    +1 If you ride it before it is completely dry, the leather will stretch and possibly ruin the saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick The Beard View Post
    Yours doesn't get soaked in buttsweat?
    ummm ... no. I wear cycling shorts!
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    I played it safe the 1st day and it seemed to dry thoroughly - got my rides in. not as much as I was thinking I would, but that's OK, spent time with the kids and jumped off the "Jaws" bridge! cycling isn't everything ... shhh don't tell anyone
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    When the weather looks iffy, I put a 1-gallon Ziploc bag over the saddle. Zip it up as far as it'll go and it will stay in place. Fold it up and tuck it underneath the saddle when riding. Cheap, too!
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    Oh no, it might be ruined forever! Soak it in oil but whatever you do don't soak it in oil. Put Proofide all over it but only on the top. Let it dry out slowly so it doesn't shrink or put it in a plastic bag with a 5lb dessicant pack. You may need to wave a magic wand over it, or at least burnish it, but don't touch it. Touch wood! In the future always remember to leave a 1-cent plastic grocery bag covering your $140 19th-century saddle. And try not to think about all the nasty chemicals used in leather treatment leeching into your butt.

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    run it.

    i see old brooks on a lot of beaters in CPH.
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    Yeah, it's rough out there.

    The other week we got sprinkled on, and one guy was bummed because the gels in his jersey pocket would get wet!


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    If it does fail, you could have @rhm recover it for you. I have an RHM saddle, and it's pretty special.
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    Mine got wet so many times the frame cracked. It was no big deal replacing the frame. I ordered a new frame from Brooks. However, I did not use Brooks rivets. They use one-piece splash rivets which can be a pain. I just got some two-piece rivets with a backer from a local shoe repair shop. Took about 5-10 minutes to apply the rivets. Way cheaper, too.
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    Place the seat in an area where it can dry naturally, with some sun and air movement. Don't use it while it's damp or the leather will tend to stretch easier, and stretched leather doesn't "rebound" at all. Brooks saddles are adjustable when stretched, but don't use this feature unless absolutely necessary with a dry saddle. If you need the bike for transportation, remove the Brooks and put some other saddle on the bike temporarily. This is something you don't want to rush unless you hate the Brooks and want to replace it. Get yourself a saddle cover or even a cheap shower cap will work, if you get caught in the rain again. Either one takes up a very small space under the saddle's frame rails. You won't even know it's there, and it will be ready if needed. Be sure you use some type of "conditioner" on your Brooks to keep the leather from drying out and cracking. The Brooks Proofide preservative is very good..., expensive, but goes a long way and it only needs to be reapplied once per year/season after the initial application.

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