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Old 04-19-12, 02:37 PM
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Picked up an Ideale saddle 6 today

It looks to be in great shape. Anyone know if this saddle is prone to failure or if there is anything I should do to extend its lifespan?
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Old 04-19-12, 03:15 PM
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I've only had Brooks saddles, but would imagine that the failure mode would be comparable to a Brooks - leather at the nose rivets and untreated leather causing it to dry out.
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Originally Posted by kiwigem View Post
It looks to be in great shape. Anyone know if this saddle is prone to failure or if there is anything I should do to extend its lifespan?
is that the model number (6)? I don't recall seeing any with that low a number, but the whole Ideale numbering thing is very murky. Show us a pic.
Generally: they are no more prone to failing than brooks or other quality leather saddles, extending lifespan is the same drill: keep it clean, dry and occasionally apply very small amount of Proofide...don't tighten the tension until/unless you really know why and how.
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Old 04-19-12, 03:34 PM
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BTW, forgot to say: pics or it didn't happen!!
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Need a picture...from what I have seen Ideale saddles used a heavier leather than Brooks. I have a couple of 20+ year old Ideales and they are still chugging along.

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Old 04-19-12, 03:44 PM
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Well then...

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That is in indeed in excellent condition. I think I'd just put some leather conditioner on it and call it a day. Great score kiwi!
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Woah. Has that been re-done? I've never seen one in that condition before. Can we see the frame?
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Frame:
I don't imagine it has been redone. For all its loveliness, it definitely has patina. I'm pretty stoked, and I didn't have a moment's concern about it until a google search (which turned up almost nil) lead me to a blogger who said this saddle had a tendency to develop a ridge of torture. This doesn't seem to have any sign of evil, though.
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That's amazing. I've never seen one that nice.
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^ Thanks, guys!
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It is phenomenal. Really. Is that the replacement for the Brooks Colt?
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Looks like its about to fall apart. I'll dispose of it for you.
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ah-hah, you have a No.6 (dame) which is the Lady's version of No.4 dual rail (Hommes), according to this here Ideale catalog scan:
http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=2055
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Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
Is that the replacement for the Brooks Colt?
Ah, no.

It's going on the mixte that I am converting to a SS/FG.
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
ah-hah, you have a No.6 (dame) which is the Lady's version of No.4 dual rail (Hommes), according to this here Ideale catalog scan:
http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=2055
Awesome- thanks!
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
Woah. Has that been re-done? I've never seen one in that condition before. Can we see the frame?

Then I bet you've never seen one in this condition (unused, new old stock), lol







I bought her about 5 years ago to go on a Peugeot mixte project -- the Peugeot is sold now.. and as soon as I can figure out a fair value on this saddle -- I'll probably sell her too (I have a lady brooks that I'm just getting broken in)

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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
ah-hah, you have a No.6 (dame) which is the Lady's version of No.4 dual rail (Hommes), according to this here Ideale catalog scan:
http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=2055
Yeah, but nobody will know that while you're riding it.

Don't tell anyone, but I have an Ideale 92D ("dame") saddle on one of my bikes. It's just a bit shorter and wider than the standard model 92:

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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Yeah, but nobody will know that while you're riding it.

Don't tell anyone, but I have an Ideale 92D ("dame") saddle on one of my bikes. It's just a bit shorter and wider than the standard model 92:

not to get this started again.....but for kiwigem a "dame" saddle would be appropriate
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92D stands for 92 Diagonale and it is a beautiful touring saddle with very few equals... the #6 on the other hand is failure prone and as such should not be used and rather sent to me so I can install it on my 1957 Peugeot as this is what the original saddle was.



Karmicpedals... let me know if you decide to part with that #6 as a mint saddle would look great on my nearly mint bike and would match the bar tape very nicely.
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My father has a 30+ year old Ideale saddle on one of his bikes and it's the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden, Brooks included. Nice find. Looks great.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
not to get this started again.....but for kiwigem a "dame" saddle would be appropriate
I'm a girl?
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
not to get this started again.....but for kiwigem a "dame" saddle would be appropriate
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I'm a girl?
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"Groupon" stamp--it's way ahead of its time!
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"Groupon" stamp--it's way ahead of its time!
It's actually "Croupon"
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