Leather is a natural material, which will provide lasting comfort, coolness
in hot weather, style and durability. If you read and follow these simple
instructions your saddle will adapt itself to you and retain its support
A new saddle should be treated with Brooks Proofide Leather Dressing to
help to assist the ‘breaking-in’ process. Proofide helps to keep the leather
supple as it is carefully formulated from special ingredients to condition,
preserve and shower proof your saddle. Proofide needs to be applied to the
underside of the saddle and in this case it should be left on. Apply very
little Proofide to the finished top side of the leather. Allow the Proofide to
permeate until dry and then polish off with a cloth to avoid getting any on
your clothes. Proofide must not be applied to the upper side of the Aged
Saddles. This Leather Dressing should be used several times during the
‘breaking-in’ and every few months thereafter. Brooks Proofide is the only
substance that should be used to care for your saddle.
Leather is a natural material and its stiffness can vary within different parts
of the same leather bend and between different bends. Small marks, minor
scratches and differences in colour are not to be considered leather defects.
The leather gets its colour during the tanning process and it is possible,
therefore, that some colour residues will remain. Avoid riding your saddle
with white or light coloured slacks. It is recommended to polish the saddle
with a cotton cloth before first use. You should protect your leather saddle
from moisture with a saddle cover. If a wet saddle is ridden the colour may
stain your clothing. Allow your wet saddle to dry naturally.
Never tension a wet saddle, nor apply Proofide to it. Correct leather tension
will ensure your saddle retains its shape and comfort. To tension the leather
top, turn the nose bolt nut 90o at a time, check 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 fibres and may damage
their structure. A little tension, not too often is the key. Remember, once
the end of the nose bolt is reached, the saddle cannot be tensioned any
further. Please note that Brooks Aged and Brooks Imperial Saddles should
break-in faster and could need to be tensioned more often than other Brooks
Heritage Saddles. Brooks Aged and Brooks Imperial Saddles are delivered
with a lace to allow the tensioning of the sides. The lace should always be
tied to prevent premature sagging of the leather. Brooks produces a range
of saddles varying from road racing saddles to heavy duty saddles in various
colours with single, double and even triple wires. Whilst single rail saddles
can be used with a micro-adjust seat post, remember that with double and
triple rail saddles the clip provided should always be used, as this supports the
saddle and rider correctly, preventing excessive stress on the rails.