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Old 09-23-07, 07:48 PM   #1
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Hein Gericke Grease for Brooks saddle ?

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We got a bran new Brooks saddle B68.
I have a Hein Gericke Grease which I use for a motorcycle leather pants.
The grease is white yellow and it smells a little bit like honey.
I wanted to know:
1. Will it work on the Brooks saddle?
2. How meny times to put it on the saddle? (Every month and so...)
3. What amount to put on the saddle?
4. How much time to wait for the grease to sink in the leather?
5. Should I use a mild brush or a cloth to rub the grease in?

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1) Yes.

2) Once a year, twice if it rains a lot.

3) An amount the size of a large pea. It's very easy to use too much.

4) Rub it in with your fingers and use a hairdryer on to *gently* heat up the leather. You'll know when it's all soaked in.

5) See 4.
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Should I apply it now, or wait one year? In Israel it is mostly sunny and dry, but not too dry. We are entering to the seasons of rain, but not a lot of rain. I think compare to Europe its like you got an Olympic Swimming pool and we got a camping bucket sun bath
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Your question could also include the breakin process for a Brooks saddle. Back in the 1970s the advice for breaking in a leather saddle was to use Neatsfoot oil in liberal amounts and beat the saddle with a piece of broomstick until soft. I cannot speak for your material for motorcycle seats. It should be fine if it is for leather saddles. I did recently hear someone say to use Neatsfoot oil, not Neatsfoot compound. The latter has something in it that deteriorates the leather. You will read posts about people riding 500 miles on their Brooks before it softens up. I bought a used bike in 1970 and it came with a Brooks someone had ridden quite a lot. The leather is soft by comparison with a new saddle, although still firm. I still use it. I try to douse it in Neatsfoot oil a few times a year.
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Vegetable shortening or any solid fat will work. Just make sure you work it into the saddle.
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Should I apply it now, or wait one year? In Israel it is mostly sunny and dry, but not too dry. We are entering to the seasons of rain, but not a lot of rain. I think compare to Europe its like you got an Olympic Swimming pool and we got a camping bucket sun bath
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I always lightly apply something to my new saddles, although I don't subscribe to all the breaking in hoopla, and I certainly would never put something such as neatsfoot oil on a saddle. That would over soften and ruin the leather. Remember that you want the leather hard, not soft.
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1) Yes.

2) Once a year, twice if it rains a lot.

3) An amount the size of a large pea. It's very easy to use too much.

4) Rub it in with your fingers and use a hairdryer on to *gently* heat up the leather. You'll know when it's all soaked in.

5) See 4.
Agreed. And, understand that a saddle is not clothing, like your leather chaps. You don't want to soften the saddle. It will take your shape soon enough by riding.
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I always lightly apply something to my new saddles, although I don't subscribe to all the breaking in hoopla, and I certainly would never put something such as neatsfoot oil on a saddle. That would over soften and ruin the leather. Remember that you want the leather hard, not soft.
Ok,
I think it doesn't matter if I apply it now or next year.
I will leave the saddle alone for a while, and let my girlfriend ride it.
I do once in a while treat my motorcycle suits, so this will apply to the saddle too.
I do want to say that I'm really not concerned about the breakage of the saddle, and now I understand that riding it (as I have read) is the best thing to the saddle.
So off we go.
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