Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.
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Avoid mineral oils on leather saddles as they soften the leather an allow it to sag. Brooks sells "Proofide" for their saddles, which is a mixture of tallow, vegetable oils, beeswax and citronella. Another good treatment is "Sno-Seal" which is basically beeswax dissolved in a solvent. The solvent allows the beeswax to penetrate deeper into the leather, and then evaporates leaving the wax behind. Whatever you use, use it sparingly. Over-treatment will shorten the life of you saddle.
As mentioned earlier, I have several Brooks saddles in use here. The newest is about 20 years old; the oldest almost 50. I only use Proofide or Sno-Seal on them and they are comfortable and holding up fine.