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Originally Posted by happypills
Err I use brook's proofide for my brooks saddle.... but I think there is a cheaper alternative which is shared here at the forum but I forgot... would I be correct to assume it regular shoe polish close to the color of your saddle....
I wouldn't put a Kiwi style shoe polish on my saddle as I think the wax in there would dry the leather out and stain the heck out of whatever you sit on that seat wearing.
I have been using Obenauf's Heavy Duty Leather Preservative on my saddle. It isn't the same stuff as Brooks Proofide, but I have been using it for the past several months [which has been 2-3 applications] and it hasn't caused the leather to stretch or lose its shape or anything awful. Heck of a lot cheaper. I am not recommending this, just because I can't guess what will happen to this saddle in 5 or 10 years.
EDIT: Just typing this up made me want to see if anyone else has tried this. Apparently I am not the only one. Rivendell Bike Works sells this same stuff as "saddle goop" and they write that they prefer it to Brooks Proofide. To be honest, the only reason I used this is because my Proofide was more difficult to open. On ebay, $12 or so gets you 8 oz - which has taken care of saddle, boots, belts, wallets, etc for a couple of years or so for me and there is still plenty [3/4 of the stuff] left in the tub.
Last edited by spaceballs; 08-20-10 at 10:45 PM.