Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Brooks Saddles - Maintenance and Care

Peridical  conditioning of the leather and proper tension of the nose bolt are key to make your Brooks Saddle last a lifetime.

Proofide is the only substance that should be used to care for your Brooks Leather Saddle. Specially formulated from natural ingredients to condition, presereve and showerproof, treat your new saddle with Brooks Proofide leather dressing to help assist the "breaking-in" process. Apply Proofide to the finished side of the leather. Let permeate until dry, then polish off. Proofide should be used several times during the "breaking-in" period and every 3-6 months thereafter. On bicycles not fitted with mudguards (fenders), an initial application to the underside of the saddle will be beneficial; this needs not to be polished off.

Correct leather tension will ensure your saddle retains it's shape and comfort. To tension the leather top, turn the nose bolt nut 90 degrees at a time, checking the tension. You can use the tension spanner or an Allen key to do this, depending on the saddle model. Over-tensioning a saddle will stretch the leather fibers and may damage their structure. Little tension and not very often is the key. Never tension nor apply Proofide to wet saddle.

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