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Leather saddles – How you can break them in quickly

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Leather saddles need breaking in. Period!

If you ever bought a new leather saddle, you know that they start off being hard and tough. Not a pleasure to ride on by any means. It can take many miles of cycling and up to a year before the leather gets¬† a little flexible and starts to take your butt’s shape. Once you reach that point it will be your best friend. And, if you care for him a little, will be so for a very long time. Cause, on the upside, leather is very durable.

Leather SaddlesEspecially its luxurious look, its craftsmanship and reputation for quality are what draws me to the Brooks collection of leather saddles. Although less so now, they also used to produce a large array of coloured saddles. Something I happily combined in my bike designs. However, I found the saddles too hard and I did not put them on my own bike. This changed when I came across a blogpost that mentioned Lon Haldeman’s method for breaking in a leather saddle WITHIN A WEEK. This sparked my curiosity and I started his method that same day. Btw, Lon himself claims he does it in a day!

In a nutshell Рthe full method is explained by himself Рit involves soaking the new leather saddle in warm water, giving it a long massage, riding it and applying lots and lots of mink oil. So far I broke in three leather saddles Рtwo Brooks Professionals and one Brooks B17 Рand in each case I found his method to work really well. Not only do the leather saddles become very comfortable to ride on (especially the B17) they also get this nice vintage patina.  One point of criticism is that the coloured leather saddles loose their paint quite easily. Take care what trousers you wear while breaking these in.

So all you need to get going is some mink oil – I got a tin from Red Wing boots – a cloth and a towel.

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