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Old 10-12-19, 03:43 PM
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Show your crusty or beat Brooks saddle!

This idea came to me while commenting in another thread. I have a Pro that began tearing and is out of use now, and I also have a misshapen, desiccated B72 that is just plain ugly. Will go get pix of both. Post up yours!

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Old 10-12-19, 04:16 PM
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You’re describing pretty much every other Raleigh 3-speed on my local CL.
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Old 10-13-19, 12:24 AM
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Think proofide will bring this one back?

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Old 10-13-19, 06:23 AM
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THis pic was taken in 2013. Came off of a 1972 Motobecane Le Champion originally.

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Old 10-13-19, 10:28 AM
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Here is one before/after that I recently acquired and de-crustified




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Old 10-13-19, 02:22 PM
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This is the original saddle ,Brooks Professional ,to my early seventies Super Mondia. Interestingly enough THE most comfortable saddle I own! This bike had been sitting in a storage locker for many years and the saddle was pretty dry when I got the bike. I took a chance and started working in Dr. Marten’s leather conditioner and it responded very nicely. I have been riding on it like this for a couple of years. Joe joesvintageroadbikes.wordpress
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The original B17 off my ‘73 Schwinn.
I tried bringing her back, but ultimately had to replace it.
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Old 10-13-19, 03:30 PM
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Old 10-13-19, 03:33 PM
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Not a Brooks.


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Old 10-14-19, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Sandstrom View Post
Here is one before/after that I recently acquired and de-crustified
That's the same saddle???

Do you have a how-to or other resource you developed or followed to achieve that result? That's fantastic.

(Unless, by "de-crustified", you mean "re-covered"! )
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Old 10-14-19, 07:08 AM
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Another non-Brooks (I think it's a Henri Gauthier), but one I'd like to get back on a bike.

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Old 10-14-19, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
That's the same saddle???

Do you have a how-to or other resource you developed or followed to achieve that result? That's fantastic.

(Unless, by "de-crustified", you mean "re-covered"! )
Oh sorry for the mislead! It was completely recovered, I would probably have to be Merlin to achieve such results with the original leather
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Old 10-14-19, 02:45 PM
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My rare Brooks, Campagnolo branded, narrow rail, B17 died at 50 years old in a torrential downpour. It was original to my '64 Legnano Roma Olympiade, and, I have to admit that in 50 years I was guilty of performing zero maintenance. At the time I didn't know about "re-covering" options, so I found a lightly used B17 on Ebay, but had to change to the wide rail brackets.


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Here's mine! Broke while tandeming after probably a 60 year run.
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This Brooks b.15 was on a friends Super course that I converted from Road to townie for him. it was mostly just dried out and had been thankfully stored inside while being out of service for 30 years. I gently scrubbed it with leather soap and a soft brush, let it dry for a week, took a dremel with a brass wire brush to the metal bits and then hit it with Obenaufs let it sit for another day and did a final wipe down.



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I love this one. Glacial wear and tear.
I can't tell which model the second one is.
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Old 10-14-19, 04:22 PM
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The foreground one is a Professional that came on a '61 Legnano Gran Premio that I acquired a few months ago. I'm assuming its original. The one in back is the Ebay replacement for the one that split on my '64 Legnano, pictured a few posts above.
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I paid extra to acquire the lichen growth on this beautiful Ideale.






@rhm made it look brand new.

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here is mine as I found it and after some conditioning.
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Ripped at one rivet but may look ok on a display bike


Boiled in water then soaked in neatsfoot for a week. See how it turns out after some drying time.
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Looks nice, huh?


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B72 from a 1972 Sport.
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
My rare Brooks, Campagnolo branded, narrow rail, B17 died at 50 years old in a torrential downpour. It was original to my '64 Legnano Roma Olympiade, and, I have to admit that in 50 years I was guilty of performing zero maintenance. At the time I didn't know about "re-covering" options, so I found a lightly used B17 on Ebay, but had to change to the wide rail brackets.

That'll buff out.
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Ancient Wrights saddle that I gave to @rhm for parts.

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