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Old 03-19-11, 07:01 PM
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moist butt.....leather saddle ?

My '71 Raleigh 'Sports' has a very comfy 'non leather' saddle, but after longer rides, things get a little damp on the rear end , would a leather saddle help with this ? Ive never owned a leather saddle. The B66 looks good...
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Old 03-19-11, 07:08 PM
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A leather saddle will wick some of the moisture, and help to fight swamp ass. I leave the underside of my saddles untreated for this reason, but I'm sure there are a crowd of opinions on the matter. There are catalogs full of different style Brooks saddles, designed to provide comfort & performance for your specific needs.
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Old 03-19-11, 07:13 PM
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One caveat, they do require some vigorous bum conditioning to conform properly to your anatomy. The ischial protuberances, or sitbones, will settle into a new leather saddle after a few hundred miles or so. I like to treat my new saddles with leather conditioner under SaranWrap for 1/2 hour & Proofide, and start the limbering up process with some thumb work.
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Way too much information, I'm thinking. However, Shaneferd is right about leather being less sweaty. My experience with Brooks saddles is that they fit me like they were made for me, straight out of the box. I'd think I was a lucky rarity, but a surprising number of folks have the same experience.

Nice idea for an ad: "Brooks: Fighting Swamp Ass Since 1882!"

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I believe that plastic covered or plastic based saddle have a bounce the heat back into the butt quality that I do not appreciate. The leather saddle not only wicks away moisture, it wicks away heat as well.

Just an old man's opinion.
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You bet. That underside is cooling upon evaporation, just like the Ol' salty brow...
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Another cooling feature is the holes in the B-17 or the slot in the Imperial. They really help. My Brooks Pro does not have holes, but still rides pretty cool.
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I slide on an ardvark waterproof cover on wet days and when I leave my bike outside locked up (I have fenders). Long plastic bags work great as well and even better if you don't have fenders and want to keep the bottom of the saddle dry.

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A plastic shower cap from the dollar store can be helpful, when stepping inside for awhile. I like to use them with a bowl full of leftovers too. Tapered drainplug & shower cap are touring essentials, for me...

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OK. I'll bite. What is the tapered drain plug for? (please don't it be having anything to do with saddles!)
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Originally Posted by Shaneferd View Post
One caveat, they do require some vigorous bum conditioning to conform properly to your anatomy.
...but not always. My first ride on a B17 was "oh wow. You mean to tell me I've been riding saddles that don't fit?? For 35 years????" And yes, the breathability of the B17 was a revelation as well.

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OK. I'll bite. What is the tapered drain plug for? (please don't it be having anything to do with saddles!)
I'm wondering myself.
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Oh boy, where's the punchline... Said drainplug comes in real handy for sink laundry.
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I'll repeat this just because it may be useful information and/or will stir up a hornet's nest of controversy:
moisture, whether it's from a natural body-source (sweaty butt) or artificially introduced (damp washcloth) is the thing that breaks in a new all-leather saddle when combined with use (riding it).
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