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How do I treat a Pre Aged Brooks B-17?

Old 09-10-09, 04:21 PM
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How do I treat a Pre Aged Brooks B-17?

I have been doing a lot of reading on how to care for my new saddle. A lot of people say only use Proofide. A lot of people say to use Obenauf's and Neetsfoot oil. I also read not to put anything on the top of the pre aged leather. Needless to say I am pretty confused. I just got some Obenauf's in the mail today because the one site I was on the other night highly recommend the oil and lp over Proofide. I am thinking now I should just order Proofide and use that.

I could really use some advice as I don't want to mess up my Brooks.
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Old 09-10-09, 04:28 PM
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Check with the guys over in C&V but every Brooks owner has a different opinion... me, I gave my (relatively new) B17 an Obenauf's treatment a couple months ago, and haven't touched it since...
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Old 09-10-09, 05:32 PM
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I've use proofride, snoseal, neetsfoot, and redwing boot waterproofing wax on my Brooks saddles. Pretty much I've used whatever happens to be in my cupboard. I know that Brooks purists will be appalled, but in my experience they all work about the same. I also warm the saddle with a hair dryer after I apply the goo, to make it soak in, another no-no to the purists. It makes the saddle very water resistant, a big plus in Seattle.
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I've treated both the top and the bottom of my Brooks flyer pre-aged with proofide when I bought it. I don't think it will make any difference. I haven't treated it since and I've had mine for a couple of months already.
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Old 09-10-09, 07:11 PM
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It's up to you what products to use. Just remember that a little goes a long way, you don't want to saturate the leather with product or you are going to have to wait a long time (more than the typical hour or 2 "in the warm sun" drying time) before you can ride.

If you want to save some money, buy Joseph Lyddy (Jay-El) Beeswax Dressing. Basically the same ingredients as Proofhide, but you get a lot more at the same cost. Can use Joseph Lyddy "Neutral" Dubbin wax and the neutral formula doesn't alter the color of your leather and provides better waterproofing. Dubbin wax has been around and used for leather for centuries.

Nothing wrong with using the tried and true, and more accessible to buy Lexol line of products. Less greasy/oily than traditional oils or waxes used in leather conditioners/sealers.

If you are really cheap or short on cash, baby oil or any hand lotion with lanolin will replenish leather and offer protection.

Personally I use 303 Aerospace Protectant. Not cheap, but adds UV protection. I use it for high end or premium car interior detailing.
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Old 09-10-09, 07:36 PM
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OMG - don't you see what you've done. It's like asking "what's the best chain lube". The freaks will come out of the woodwork.
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Old 09-10-09, 07:46 PM
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Proofhide every 6 months or when it seems dry. I sweat so much here in houston it seems to need more than some people's. I apply some at least every 3 months.
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I've used tri-flow, and you know what? I'd do it again.
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Old 09-11-09, 06:06 AM
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The instructions I got with my Brooks from Wallingford Bike say, in all caps, "APPLY PROOFIDE UNDERNEATH ON PRE-AGED SADDLES, NEVER ON TOP".
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