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Restoring Custom Vintage (Columbine) Bike - Finishing the Build

Old 06-29-24, 07:28 AM
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I'd say good box-section sew-up rims regardless of where silver or gray ano like a GP4 or Nemesis. And gum sidewall tires are a must.
What do you mean by gum sidewall tires? Aren't those long gone?

On my list of to do items is a set of tubular wheels, but I've got a gravel bike frame arriving on the 5th, so that might be a while.
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Does anyone know if I can change (reasonably easily) the color of the darker Brooks saddle to the honey color of the other one?



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Originally Posted by PromptCritical
Does anyone know if I can change (reasonably easily) the color of the darker Brooks saddle to the honey color of the other one?


Sure. Just get some Angelus leather paint in the color you like and paint away.
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Do, I rode her today and fits pretty well. Hopefully perfect when I get the Nitto stem.

Had to change the seat post to move seat a bit forward, so the beautiful Campy SR seatpost is no longer on it. 🥲

I have a Selle Anatomica leather seat ordered so maybe that will allow me to put the Campy seat post back own.
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Was just reading the beginning of this thread, someone recommended H Plus Son TB14 rim, I took a look... DOUBLE EYELET (SOCKET)! Holy cow! I thought only Mavic made those, but hadn't done a deep dive. They mention on the website, "neurotic attention to detail", such as issues of sourcing new double eyelets. I don't know if they are more durable than new rims that are just thicker (and V-section) at the nipple holes, but it's nice to know this style rim is still available for those wishing a durable rim in a classic look.
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Originally Posted by PromptCritical
Does anyone know if I can change (reasonably easily) the color of the darker Brooks saddle to the honey color of the other one?
Before reoiling my Redwing oil-finish boots (original color russet medium reddish brown), I would clean them (wash with sponge) with Fiebing's saddle soap in a lather, then rinsed (I used the yellow stuff, there are others, don't know if different), which would lighten the leather back to original, then let dry overnight. However, oiling would then darken them, but that would then lighten in days after as the oil dried more. I don't know if the same would work on that saddle. I'll bet if you spoke to a shoe and leather repair place, they would know, they would deal with a lot of different leathers. Perhaps also someplace that works with horse saddles.
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Originally Posted by Duragrouch
Before reoiling my Redwing oil-finish boots (original color russet medium reddish brown), I would clean them (wash with sponge) with Fiebing's saddle soap in a lather, then rinsed (I used the yellow stuff, there are others, don't know if different), which would lighten the leather back to original, then let dry overnight. However, oiling would then darken them, but that would then lighten in days after as the oil dried more. I don't know if the same would work on that saddle. I'll bet if you spoke to a shoe and leather repair place, they would know, they would deal with a lot of different leathers. Perhaps also someplace that works with horse saddles.
Hmmm, my grandfather was a serious cowboy and he used to tan leather. I vaguely remember lightening the leather.

Iíll find a saddle shop and ask.
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Originally Posted by PromptCritical
Does anyone know if I can change (reasonably easily) the color of the darker Brooks saddle to the honey color of the other one?


my personal experience is that all Brooks will eventually converge towards a dark brown color.

In the photo below, my mid-70's Pro is at the top-left. I've owned it since the mid 70's and it has seen a ton of use. The black dye has been absorbed into many blue jeans over the years, and it has absorbed numerous applications of Proofide. The result is the medium brown you see now.

At the lower right is a Brooks Swift that started out as honey colored, but sweat and Proofide have caused a shift towards a medium brown.

In the middle is an unused honey B.17 saddle. My conclusion is that this is a rather temporary state of being.



I suppose the best option is to remove some of the dye from the black saddle. Some time ago, I did buy some stuff from the local cobbler that removed some of the dye from a white leather saddle that I wanted to dye black. I think it worked a bit... but I'm not sure I'd recommend it.

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I rode her for a few miles today for the first time. What a great ride! Fast, smooth, solid, quiet and great handling! Excellent bike!

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