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Can leather saddles reshape themselves to new butts?

Old 05-15-16, 05:16 PM
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Can leather saddles reshape themselves to new butts?

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I got this bike from the original owner who bought the raleigh grand prix back in the 70's. It came with this Wright's leather saddle. I can't tell if he rode it often and it's broken in or if it's brand new. It has small cracks around the rivets in the back due to its being very dry leather. I want to use the proofhide method of restoring it and using it for myself. If the previous owner broke in the saddle for himself will I be able to use the saddle? Will the saddle reshape itself to my butt?
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I'm not sure what your question is.

What do you think that the alternatives are?
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I'm not sure what your question is.

What do you think that the alternatives are?
The saddle is old and has molded it's shape to that of the previous owner. Since my butt shape is different, will I benefit from restoring the leather and using it myself? Will the saddle reshape itself to my butt?

The alternative is that I throw it in the garbage because I can't use it.
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Restore the leather and ride it.
Your butt will reshape the saddle in it's own image.
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Not sure how it applies to everyone else but my wife couldn't understand why I liked my brooks so much and was a big gel seat fan until her sister came to town and they went on a bike ride. Knowing that I'm picky about my bike she let her sister ride her bike and she took mine. When she came home she was like oh my god it's like I wasn't sitting on a bicycle seat. Her gel seat is now gone, I'm sporting a new unbroken in Brooks on my bike and she's happily riding my old Flyer with > 4k miles on it. In her case there's no issue with riding a saddle shaped to someone else's arse.
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Looks like the Wrights is in good shape. After a while you'll find it's molded itself to your sit bones. Just remember that these saddles are often tilted with the nose slightly up for best comfort.

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The alternative is that I throw it in the garbage because I can't use it.
So isn't that your answer? What do you have to lose by trying to save it?

I wouldn't worry one little bit about the shape. My concern is how dried out the leather has gotten after all of this time. If it was mine, I would definitely try to save and use it.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
So isn't that your answer? What do you have to lose by trying to save it?
Time. I don't want to waste any if it looks like the saddle isn't salvageable.

Thank you for all of the replies everyone. The info is useful. I will restore the saddle.
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I'd use the proofhide sparingly. Too much and you can make to saddle too soft. I'd put some on the top and underside and then let it sit a few days or even a week and see what it's like then before deciding whether to use any more. My experience is that a little bit goes a long way.
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