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Old 03-15-12, 02:44 PM
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Cleaning gum off a Brooks

I was torn between posting this here or C&V but stepping in gum sounds like a common commuter issue! I think I must have stepped in gum somewhere along the way and then managed to scrape it onto the seat when mounting.

So how the heck do I get it off? Goof-off would be my normal go-to, but is that going to screw up the leather?

Thanks,

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Oils make gum release. If you have some Proofide, try rubbing with some of that on a cloth. If not, maybe try peanut butter (works for gum-in-hair) or WD40.

All that said, I doubt Goof Off used sparingly and removed promptly would hurt it.
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The first step, before you try any chemicals or water, would be to place your saddle inside of a freezer. After the gum becomes hard and frozen, you take a wooden spoon or popsicle stick, and begin to gently, but firmly, scrape the gum off of the saddle, little by little. You make scraping motions that look almost like you're shaving.

Now you go to the Truman method. It works too! However, it's the next step after freezing!
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interesting post. Trying to figure out how the gum made it to the seat.
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Let us know how it comes out. Curiosity is killing me.
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Originally Posted by GV27 View Post
I was torn between posting this here or C&V but stepping in gum sounds like a common commuter issue! I think I must have stepped in gum somewhere along the way and then managed to scrape it onto the seat when mounting.
So how the heck do I get it off? Goof-off would be my normal go-to, but is that going to screw up the leather?Thanks, Chris
Put an Ice Cube on the gum, when it gets cold it will come off.
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
The first step, before you try any chemicals or water,
??? Last I heard, dihydrogen oxide was a chemical.

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Old 03-15-12, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by azesty View Post
??? Last I heard, dihydrogen oxide was a chemical.

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I was speaking using layman's terms. Oh! Trust me, I can get quite technical too.

PS.

The average person doesn't think of water as being a chemical compound, you know...

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Originally Posted by azesty View Post
??? Last I heard, dihydrogen oxide was a chemical.
+1 A very dangerous one too. If you take too much of it, you die. Too little; you die. Breathe it; you die.

I'm surprised there are no warningng labels on it, especially in California.

Back to the OP - Just how does a person get gum from their shoe to their saddle?
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Old 03-16-12, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by GV27 View Post
I think I must have stepped in gum somewhere along the way and then managed to scrape it onto the seat when mounting.
Either that or I sat on gum on a bench or something. Hadn't considered that. I did find some on my shorts, but then it would be since it was on the seat.....

Thanks folks. I'll try the ice cube trick first.

Chris

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Originally Posted by rogerstg View Post
+1 A very dangerous one too. If you take too much of it, you die. Too little; you die. Breathe it; you die.

I'm surprised there are no warningng labels on it, especially in California.

Back to the OP - Just how does a person get gum from their shoe to their saddle?
Here ya go

https://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9927321
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I have used good-off on an expensive leather briefcase that got my daughters non-water based paint on it. Came off easily and left no marks whatsoever on the leather.

Follow it up with a bit of proofhide or whatever you use and you will be fine.
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Late reply back - been in London riding Boris Bikes!

Thanks Aggie - goof-off worked a treat!

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