how to treat a new Brooks?
i have done some searching but have found conflicting opinions on how to properly care for/protect a new Brooks.
I have a B-17 in British Racing green.
1. Do I need to do anything to it before I start to use it (ie. treat it with Proofhide)?
2. If/when I treat it, do i treat both the top and bottom, and if so, how often?
3. Depending on answer to #2, will treating the top compromise it's ability to breate?
4. About how long can i expect it to hurt my *****?
Last edited by xccx; 08-12-07 at 07:25 PM.
Reason: EDIT: PS: Are there other things to treat it with that are better than Proofhide (ie. snowseal, beeswax, etc)?
1- i hear use proofhide (its what I do) with about a quarter size on top (but I used a lil more) and a good amount under. wipe off top after 30min, buff it off then go ride but leave the underside
Originally Posted by xccx
2- about every 3 mnths until broken in
3- i don't think so
4- depends on how serious of a rider you are. if you ride only on the weekends it could take a couple of mnths. if everyday then it depends how long everyday but for me my Brooks Pro is finally breaking in after a month but the hide is thicker than the B-17. my chopped b-17 took about a month but was better broken in than my Pro is now. I would also think your weight can have an impact on the swiftness of the break-in process.
i used sno seal liberally on both top and bottom. Once a month for the first 3 months and then once every three after that. I heat up the saddle first, either by letting it sit in my car under the sun or putting a light on it. The heat lets the sno seal absord faster. My saddle never really "hurt" pe se. It shouldn't "hurt" if properly adjusted. try tipping the nose up a bit.
Originally Posted by xccx
i leave it in a sunny window for an hour till its warm then slather a bunch of proofide on the top and bottom. at the end of the day before i have to ride back home, i'll buff off the top but leave the bottom. there should be a liberal coating of proofide on the underside of your brooks at all times.
your first month or so you'll have to apply proofide more often than usual cause the leather will still be dryish so watch for signs of the leather pulling from the rivets.
proofide will not effect your leather breathing. usually i ride my saddle with a cover on it 95% of the time, i haven't heard much in terms of suffocating leather. :/
as for the pain -- i haven't had any. the brooks has been great right out of the box and has only been getting better.
- don't you dare touch the tightening screw. you'll know when it needs to be touched and that won't be for some time.
- don't ride the saddle wet. this'll deform the leather badly. some say it's a good way to wear in their saddle, but in reality it's taking decades of life out of the leather.
- keep a bag or something tucked underneath the rails in case of rain. the biggest concern is getting splashed rainwater up under the saddle - this is why you leave the proofide unbuffed underneath, to act as a water repellent.
- if the saddle gets wet, allow it to air dry then immediately proofide it. water will draw out all of the moisture in the leather and cause it to crack and pull. icky.