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    Brooks saddle break in

    Can a NOS 30 year old Brooks still be broken in to ride comfortably? This saddle looks brand new, never ridden but is hard a rock. Can it still be broken in or is the leather just to old and dry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobn
    Can a NOS 30 year old Brooks still be broken in to ride comfortably? This saddle looks brand new, never ridden but is hard a rock. Can it still be broken in or is the leather just to old and dry?

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    i dunno man one time i was downtown and i was locking up my bike to the rack when i noticed a couple of bikes down this bike had a nice brooks saddle. that is until a crackhead bum went over and proceeded to remove his pants and take a dump on the brooks. true story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exas
    i dunno man one time i was downtown and i was locking up my bike to the rack when i noticed a couple of bikes down this bike had a nice brooks saddle. that is until a crackhead bum went over and proceeded to remove his pants and take a dump on the brooks. true story.
    This obviously took place pre-Giuliani.

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    Exas, what the hell has that got to do with the man's question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobn
    Can a NOS 30 year old Brooks still be broken in to ride comfortably? This saddle looks brand new, never ridden but is hard a rock. Can it still be broken in or is the leather just to old and dry?

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    If it looks new, it is new. Ride it.

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    Even a NEW Brooks is rock hard. One of mine is three years old (the other's 15 or 16), and it still feels hard to the touch. But even right out of the box, they're pretty comfortable if they're set up right. Be sure it's basically level, and I'd spend seven bucks on some Proofhide, Brooks' name for its own leather treatment (thought I suppose you could use Obenauf's or even something like mink oil). Goop it up a little, wipe it off and ride it. Don't apply the Proofhide more than about twice a year, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
    This obviously took place pre-Giuliani.
    Yea, that bum would of had his skull cracked open by a knight stick
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    Cheating: a symptom of the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Dog
    Even a NEW Brooks is rock hard. One of mine is three years old (the other's 15 or 16), and it still feels hard to the touch. But even right out of the box, they're pretty comfortable if they're set up right. Be sure it's basically level, and I'd spend seven bucks on some Proofhide, Brooks' name for its own leather treatment (thought I suppose you could use Obenauf's or even something like mink oil). Goop it up a little, wipe it off and ride it. Don't apply the Proofhide more than about twice a year, though.
    How come? I've given mine about 3 applications in about a year's time. There's nothing wrong with my saddle.

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    yeah, I think you can use the proofhide more then twice a year, as a matter of fact I think Brooks recommends you use it more often than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobn
    Can a NOS 30 year old Brooks still be broken in to ride comfortably? This saddle looks brand new, never ridden but is hard a rock. Can it still be broken in or is the leather just to old and dry?

    Thanks,
    Bob
    The saddle is probably worthless. If you send it to me, I will be more than happy to see that it gets properly disposed of.

    Seriously, just grease it up good with Proofide. The break-in period for a Brooks saddle is really nothing more than the time it takes to get it tweaked into the proper position. It can and probably will get more comfortable over time with the formation of sit-bone dimples. I thougt all of my Brooks saddles were comfortable right out of the box, even before dimples appeared. A number of factors will contribute to making dimple formation a relatively fast or a very slow process.

    Do a search on "Brooks Saddles" and you will find more info than you want.

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