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New saddle and can't decide old school vs. new

Old 07-13-07, 11:03 AM
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I've put Proofide, Mink Oil, Obenauf's (a local leather grease the fire fighters use), and Neatsfoot Oil (Sheldon Brown recommends Neatsfoot Oil) on my Brooks.

It just keeps soaking it up.

Some leather goods manufacturers, in fact, most, use a cheaper surface dye that rubs and scuffs off and shows the natural color of the leather.

Brooks uses a more expensive method that dyes the leather all the way through and tends not to transfer to fabrics.

After treating my Brooks with whatever, I find if I wipe the saddle down with a paper or cloth towel before riding it has a dry surface and doesn't stain my clothes.
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Old 07-13-07, 11:43 AM
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Old 07-13-07, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by I'veGotABikeSyd
isn't that like saying "I drive a Hummer because they will produce oil whether I consume it or not, so I might as well take advantage of all the oil laying around" ?? I think perhaps the objections to leather is more about the principle of using a carcass, regardless of "who killed it".

as far as the saddle issue goes. wow. I think that's been answered already in about 20 different ways -- get what's comfortable for you and if you are more worried about fashion points make sure you think it looks good too...
No, your oil analogy is not the same.
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Old 08-25-07, 11:46 AM
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related archived thread:

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Old 08-25-07, 12:33 PM
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What about

Yellow; old school, but sleek.
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Old 08-25-07, 12:52 PM
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is that a turbo? it looks like one and i think turbos were made by selle/san marco right?
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Old 08-25-07, 12:54 PM
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its not a turbo
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Old 08-25-07, 01:55 PM
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Old 08-25-07, 03:44 PM
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I have three bikes .. all have Brooks saddles. Two B17's and a B17N. I'll admit there are some other really sharp saddles out there but, I opted for comfort.
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Old 08-25-07, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
Old School vs. New School.

Get both with a Selle San Marco Regal or Rolls.

Regal

Rolls
+3 on the Regal

...the Regal is very comfy. I am a fan of Flites but the Regal fits my butt too.
I haven't ridden a Rolls but it looks sort of wide/bulky. Probably feels fine but....

Anyone ridden both who can compare?
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Old 08-25-07, 08:42 PM
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The Regal is my favorite as well, mine is beat to hell but still feels great.
Oh, and for all you hippies, knock it off. Its great to be vegan or whatever, but there is no reason to try and push your ideals on anyone else.
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Old 08-25-07, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by BRANDUNE View Post
Oh, and for all you hippies, knock it off. Its great to be vegan or whatever, but there is no reason to try and push your ideals on anyone else.
+cheese.

I have a Brooks Vitesse that I haven't ever seen anywhere else in my life. If anyone wants to trade it for some newfangled jobber give me a holler. I'm easy to find.
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Old 08-25-07, 09:31 PM
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Proselytes piss me off.

My PSA to anyone who gets a Brooks: Don't slather excessive coats of Proofide on your new saddle - it might make the leather too soft and stretch prematurely.
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Old 08-25-07, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by nateintokyo View Post
+3 on the Regal

...the Regal is very comfy. I am a fan of Flites but the Regal fits my butt too.
I haven't ridden a Rolls but it looks sort of wide/bulky. Probably feels fine but....

Anyone ridden both who can compare?
I ride a Rolls and while it isn't *super* comfy while riding, my ass feels great afterwards with none of that "sunburned" chode feeling that other saddles give me.

I'm going to see if I can get my parents to bring me a Regal from Britain when they come over next month and I'll let you know how different they feel!
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Well, finally got a new saddle put on tonight. I got this one http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/detail...e=SELLSADD2400
I'm heading out in the morning to put some miles on it and see how my bum feels.

p.s. It looks way better in person than it does in that picture.
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Old 08-26-07, 03:39 AM
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wow, looks like you took no ones advice on that one
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Originally Posted by BRANDUNE View Post
The Regal is my favorite as well, mine is beat to hell but still feels great.
Oh, and for all you hippies, knock it off. Its great to be vegan or whatever, but there is no reason to try and push your ideals on anyone else.
Just like you just tried to do?
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Originally Posted by lvleph View Post
Just like you just tried to do?
Tolerance of others and avoiding evangelizing is the kind of ideology that should be pushed on everyone.

"Please don't use leather" is way more intrusive than "Please leave me alone". See?
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Originally Posted by schwinn View Post
wow, looks like you took no ones advice on that one
Well, it was sort of a gift.
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Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
Well, finally got a new saddle put on tonight. I got this one http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/detail...e=SELLSADD2400
I'm heading out in the morning to put some miles on it and see how my bum feels.

p.s. It looks way better in person than it does in that picture.


I was intrigued by this saddle too. Suposedly it does the best of both worlds thing by being light and low profile and having leather at contact points that is supposed to shape to yo' butt.

The S&M styling.....I don't mind it, but you might have to work it in slowly with someone unaccustomed

I read some reviews that said it had some quality control issues.......keep us updated if it goes south and don't forget your safeword!
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As far as the 'leather saddles last forever' saw, I call bull**** on that. In my years and years of riding, I have broken exactly two saddles - a plastic shelled cheapo that was older than I am, and an 80s brooks that hasn't been properly massaged and fed by its previous owner (leather was coming away from the rivets and wearing in the holes in the seat - I hit a bump, and it split like a fat man's trousers). Meanwhile I've talked to many people with older Brooks saddles that are saggy hammocks despite attempts to adjust after less than ten years. Other than weight weenie saddles that are designed to last for a season at best or freak accidents, does anyone have experience with a saddle dying on them?
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Well, they all tend to sort of lose their shape & consistency and become less comfy and then the covering starts peeling off really badly and then people throw them away.

A leather saddle probably lasts significantly longer if only because of the lack of padding.

Sometimes they smash to pieces before that, but as you said that happens in huge crashes and/or with superlight items.
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Selle Italia FTW. Here's mine. And yes, a baby calf died for my saddle.

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Originally Posted by BRANDUNE View Post
The Regal is my favorite as well, mine is beat to hell but still feels great.
Oh, and for all you hippies, knock it off. Its great to be vegan or whatever, but there is no reason to try and push your ideals on anyone else.
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