Whatever the material, Brooks saddles will age beautifully and provide the user with years of uninterrupted use. However, as such, they do require a small amount of common sense looking-after. Our selection of care products are designed to keep your leather saddle looking great and functioning at its best.
As leather is a natural material and each piece reacts differently, we cannot give exact indications, but we recommend that you inspect your saddle every 6 months, depending on your cycling frequency. However, please do not over treat your saddle as this may damage it.
There are two key tasks that are essential to properly and optimally maintain your leather saddle.
With time and use, the leather on your saddle will undergo natural stretching, gradually reducing its tension. Without any intervention, the leather will begin to sag and lose its shape, leading to a loss of comfort as well as excess play in the important metal components, risking a shorter saddle lifespan or even frame breakage, or the lifting of rivets from the leather surface.
It is therefore crucial to undertake careful inspections of your saddle every 6 months to look for the signs that the leather has stretched.
- Any obvious, deep sagging of the leather when viewing the saddle from the side
- Any perceivable slackness in the saddle assembly found by pressing down on the leather at the rear with the palm of your hand, flex should not exceed more than 5 or 6 mm
Make an adjustment:
- Work from the front of the saddle
- Use your tensioning spanner
- Make a ¼ or ½ clockwise turn on the tension pin nut (90° or 180°)
- Please watch to ensure that only the nut turns and the pin itself does not
If the nose pin turns when as you turn the bolt, you would need pilers to hold the pin when you turn it. Special note: Do not tension a wet saddle.
With a natural material like leather, there will always be variances in behavior, therefore it is not possible to say exactly how much to adjust the tension. However, it is not a good idea to overlook the tension adjustment procedure, and Brooks will refuse both warranty and extended guarantee claims in cases where this has been overlooked and the leather overtightened.
Like any leather product, your Brooks leather will dry out and lose suppleness with age. Therefore, you need to rehydrate and re-nourish it from time to time. This is done by applying our Brooks Proofide dressing, which is the only leather treatment you should use on your Brooks saddle.
How to apply Proofide:
- Use a soft cloth
- Apply a thin layer of Proofide to cover the entire upper surface of the leather
- Leave on for a minimum of one hour and allow it to penetrate through the surface
- With a clean, dry and soft cloth, vigorously and thoroughly buff the leather surface until all the remaining Proofide will be removed and a healthy sheen will be returned.
Proofide also acts to soften the leather and, if applied too frequently, there might be risk of over-softening the leather to the point that it will no longer to support the weight of the rider. Because of this, apply Proofide only every 6 months.
A Brooks saddle should not be ridden long during very heavy showers or stored over longer periods in direct sunlight or heat, as this can damage the leather. Never ride the saddle when it is very wet. However, if it does get wet, as long as you let it naturally air dry it will be fine.
Most metals will rust over time, so please keep it out of the elements that can do this or wipe it dry. Likewise the hardware can rust, so please think about where you store your bike. Copper rivets can also discolour over time so you may need to polish them carefully, being careful not to get anything on the leather. Regular use should prevent the need for this.
Learn how to properly maintain your leather saddle by watching our video tutorials: https://www.brooksengland.com/maintain