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There are other brands of leather saddle wax I would consider, but I would be careful about trying random leather conditioner products. If you make the leather too soft you can permanently wreck the saddle. Hammock type saddles work by being stiff, not soft. The stiff saddle doesn’t sag much and therefore supports your weight across a wider area. The ...


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Q1: A bad idea because it is already broken-in in a way that means it is irreparably shapes for the previous owners body? It is possible to reshape a leather saddle by first soaking it in water, resetting the shape then breaking the saddle in. I have seen it referred to as the "Blocking Technique" and have also seen warnings that it is possible to ...


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I've purchased a couple of used leather saddles. The ones that were barely used or just broken in were fine, but there was one well-used one that was the exception. Its sit bone area was visibly lower on one side than the other, enough that it was the likely cause of an SI joint dysfunction for me. I'd say if it looks relatively new and close to the ...


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The leather's greatest enemy is moisture, not water. Leather becomes mouldy if it is wet for a long time. Don't let that happen. It may lose its colour when exposed to the sun, but under the tight plastic cover it may become wet - do not leave your bike in bright sunshine all day. Quick rain may leave spots, but won't destroy the leather. Dry heat can lead ...


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I'd think a white opaque plastic bag over saddle would do fine. The leather has to breathe - if you wrap it tightly then it might grow mould. You might have to treat your saddle leather a little more frequently if it lives in the sun/heat a lot. Ideally, store your bike inside, a garage, or at least under some rain protection. A balcony/porch/etc is better ...


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I have various waxes from bees ("beeswaxes"?) that work great on normal leather, where suppleness and water resistance are important, like gloves. But when used on a leather belt it stretched a good 5% within a week. Sadly I didn't suddenly loose 5% of my waistline, it was the belt lengthening. If you used a beeswax product on your nice leather saddle, ...


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There was one time my Brooks with no waterproofing whatsoever got thoroughly soaked and it stretched and sagged like an arm chair with broken springs. I've also encountered similar used Brooks saddles that are so stretched that all you feel is the front and rear of the saddle and nothing in-between The only I've been able to make them work again is to ...


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Obenhauf's is good stuff. Proofhide is very oily.


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One coating with proofide on new saddle. Two oven bakes at 65C for 15 mins with coconut oil. Two oil dips in motor oil finished off in the oven for 15 mins at 65c. Saddle now perfect. From https://www.sheldonbrown.com/leather.html The easiest and fastest method to break in a new saddle is with a liquid leather dressing, such as neats-foot oil, Lexol, ...


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Just get it wet and go for a 50K ride. Done. I did this to my brand new Brooks Pro and after the ride there were a couple of nice dips under my seatbones. Now it´s really confy.


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