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    Scraped up my Brooks

    I'm annoyed with myself. I scraped up the back of my Brooks saddle when I had to flip the bike over on the pavement the other day to fix the chain. Is there anything I should do to it to fix it up/protect the scraped areas? Or just live with it as-is?

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    Rub some Proofhide on it, and the next time you turn the bike over put something under the saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x201 View Post
    I'm annoyed with myself. I scraped up the back of my Brooks saddle when I had to flip the bike over on the pavement the other day to fix the chain. Is there anything I should do to it to fix it up/protect the scraped areas? Or just live with it as-is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    A scar is a badge of honor. Proofhide it and ride it.
    This. If it looks cherry, you're not riding it enough.

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    Let us know when it looks like this....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Let us know when it looks like this....

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    Wow, that poor Brooks could use some TLC!

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    I've scraped the side of my Brooks (from leaning it against a wall). I "repaired" it with black shoe polish and it looks better. I figure the saddle was made from the same material that the shoes were made from.

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    Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll just consider it casualties of war. I put some Frye's waterproofer on the scraped areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x201 View Post
    I'm annoyed with myself. I scraped up the back of my Brooks saddle when I had to flip the bike over on the pavement the other day to fix the chain. Is there anything I should do to it to fix it up/protect the scraped areas? Or just live with it as-is?
    Ride it.

    Ride it lots.

    In a few weeks or months, the scrapes will be pretty much gone.

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    I did the same exact thing two years ago and I'm still sick about it. Now I just realize that I need to stick a paper towel, a cloth, a shirt anything under it when I need to do that.

    Good news is that yes, the scar will fade over time. My B17 is still, after 4 years, in pristine condition, and you can't see the scar unless I point it out. I'm starting to get over it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ottawa_adam View Post
    Wow, that poor Brooks could use some TLC!
    Nonsense, I'm the one who gets the TLC, not the saddle, and only my wife gave me better TLC than this tried and true Brooks Saddle in service from 1972-2006.

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    My Team Pro has matching scrapes on the back left and right from accidents in '03 and '11. My knees came out far worse than the saddle in both cases.
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    Think of it as patina.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x201 View Post
    I'm annoyed with myself. I scraped up the back of my Brooks saddle when I had to flip the bike over on the pavement the other day to fix the chain. Is there anything I should do to it to fix it up/protect the scraped areas? Or just live with it as-is?
    Use a pumice stone (used for shaving calluses off your heels) to buff out the scrapes then proofe hide the raw leather.

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    Unlike plastic saddles, the structure and durability of Brooks saddles remains unaffected by scuffing and even deep gouging. It is almost impossible to tear the leather in the saddle other than overstretching it around the rivets. On the other hand, a damaged plastic saddle looks unsightly, and its useful life is considerably diminished, and if the tear or scuff is in contact anywhere with bike shorts, then the damage often is extended.

    Long live leather saddles -- and I really do mean, "long live".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    Use a pumice stone (used for shaving calluses off your heels) to buff out the scrapes then proofe hide the raw leather.

    Won't be 100% but will be 95% if you take your time.
    Or you could just ride it and let your butt do the buffing work for you.

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