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i picked up this brooks saddle this weekend, tell me about it...

Old 04-17-05, 08:56 PM
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i picked up this brooks saddle this weekend, tell me about it...

it's marked Brooks B.72 and appears to be in great shape, except that the leather is hard as hell! totally frozen into position.

any way to soften it up? is it worth anything? (anyone want to buy it? )





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Old 04-17-05, 09:33 PM
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Get some proofhide, apply liberally to both sides. Let it merinade overnight & then ride it. Reapply proofhide every week or two while it adapts itself to your sit bones. Shouldn't take long at all. Prepare to be comfortable.
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Old 04-17-05, 10:18 PM
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hey! I always thought they were supposed to be hard...I have a pro on my raleigh pro - the only softening its gotten was in a massive crash a long time ago. It really isn't any different that a Flite, I'm thinking. (Well, a B72 is a little different than a Flite, okay. Like is weighs about the same as a modern racing frame and fork, but the feeling's the same...)
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Cool! I softened up a much more beat-up saddle than yours with some dubbin.... Seemed to work pretty well and it brought out the colour of the leather nicely :-)

How much do you want for your saddle? I wouldn't mind taking it off your hands :-)

You can reply to me pesonally if you like at 2475326@uwc.ac.za

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Check out:
https://brookssaddles.com/welcome.htm

I think that saddle is more towards a comfort/hybrid saddle (vs. a road saddle)
Looks pretty wide in back, like it came off a town bike. Looks to be in good shape

Brooks rocks!
I exchanged messages with Brooks and they frown on Neatsfoot applications to soften the saddle (although I was instructed to do just this, soaked the hell out of the old seat... and it works fine

There is also a nifty FAQ on how to shorten the break in period (using a wet towel)

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Old 04-18-05, 09:09 AM
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Is this your first Brooks? If so do not be surprised at the "froozen in place" part, they all come that way and never really get soft, per say.
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How much did you get it for? I'd love something like that.

It's worth 40 or so new ($70 or more depending on import costs). Looks to be in beautiful condition. You'd get 30 for it on Ebay easily.

Once it's broken in, though, it'll be ultimately comfortable (from what I've heard, anyway. I'm desperately looking for a nice Brooks for my '46 Hercules.) It's your choice!
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Originally Posted by Ebbtide
Is this your first Brooks? If so do not be surprised at the "froozen in place" part, they all come that way and never really get soft, per say.
There's a difference between firm and rock-hard. Firm is what you want to get to. It looks like the inside needs conditioning. While neatsfoot oil may be effective, my understanding is that Brooks does not recommend this. Proofide, or a leather conditioner - applied mostly to the underside of the saddle, will have the best effect. I have found that if you apply just enough to dampen the leather, you can re-apply a like amount a day or two later. After a week, you will notice a big difference. You can continue to apply on this schedule for another week before you reach the point where it won't get any better. Once the sides get pliable enough that you can move them away from the side rails enough to work in the conditioner without pinching your fingers, you have reached that point.
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My Brooks saddle is brand new and I have a 100k ride coming up in four weeks. What's the fastest way to break this thing in?
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"My Brooks saddle is brand new and I have a 100k ride coming up in four weeks. What's the fastest way to break this thing in?"

Riding 100k should do it
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this is an interesting link to shorten the break in time
with this type of leather, you can't replace time in the saddle, but this approach might get the 'dimples' worked in faster:

https://www.billbostoncycles.com/brooks_pro.htm

Good luck!
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Old 04-18-05, 11:51 PM
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The B-72 is still a current production model. Out of the box, it is much less hard than other Brooks models. If it is hard, then it has not aged well. Try some proofide (note, there is neither an "h" nor an "r" in the word) and hope for the best.

It is designed as a long distance, comfortable saddle, not a road/racing mount.

Since it is a currently available model, it probably has little collectors value.
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For some reason that picture of the springs on the underside reminds me of an M.C. Esher print.
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I currently have a Brooks Competition (on the PKN-10), a Brooks Pro (Capo), and a Brooks Team Pro (Schwinn), all nicely broken in. I need one more ...
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Originally Posted by John E
I currently have a Brooks Competition (on the PKN-10), a Brooks Pro (Capo), and a Brooks Team Pro (Schwinn), all nicely broken in. I need one more ...
Yeah - but you need a B17 Champion Special - not a B-66.
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Originally Posted by Kokoro
For some reason that picture of the springs on the underside reminds me of an M.C. Esher print.
looks like one of his rolly-polly bugs, kinda.
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Y'know, you'd swear those hairpin springs couldn't possibly be doing anything, but I get off my bike with the B72 and go ride the one with the B5N, and the difference is immediately apparent.
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Originally Posted by John E
I currently have a Brooks Competition (on the PKN-10), a Brooks Pro (Capo), and a Brooks Team Pro (Schwinn), all nicely broken in. I need one more ...
John,
I'm thinking of buying a Brooks Saddle for my commuter Trek. How comfortable are these saddles really? Have always ridden bikes with foam or some kind of cushion material. I hear they're great. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by robbomann
My Brooks saddle is brand new and I have a 100k ride coming up in four weeks. What's the fastest way to break this thing in?

Originally Posted by Poguemahone
Riding 100k should do it
All right wise guy, now you've got my son laughing at me.



Originally Posted by Sigurdd50
this is an interesting link to shorten the break in time
with this type of leather, you can't replace time in the saddle, but this approach might get the 'dimples' worked in faster:

https://www.billbostoncycles.com/brooks_pro.htm

Good luck!
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Thanks Mark,
I checked out the site and it seems to answer my question.
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Well I bought the Brooks Professional saddle I was looking at but now need to know how to treat the areas with the cracks. Any suggestions? The rest of the saddle is pretty supple and I shine up those copper rivets. Here's some pics.
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I've used Lexol on my saddle to clean and condition the leather. Used to use this on horse saddles. Anyways my real question is "How do I get rid of the rust on the bottom of the saddle. I have a it across the frame of the seat but not the rails. Thanks.
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u guys put proofhide on the underside too?

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Originally Posted by mattmatthew
u guys put proofhide on the underside too?

matt
absolutely, and once you slather it up well with the proofide
underneath leave it there. does a fair job at keeping the bottom
waterproof.

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ahhhh. wisdom! i shall do it then.

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There is a powder product (hard to find) called ZUD that will remove rust off those seat rails.
My stoker, Kay, rode a Brooks B-72 on our tandem back in the late 70s early 80s.
She broke the seat rails on a century ride, 30 miles from the finish. That saddle had over 30,000 miles on it. Her reply: "Find a rock and fit it between the rear carrier and the saddle" . . . which we did! So she literally finished the ride on a saddle 'as hard as a rock!'

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