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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:25 am 
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Hi guys,

have done a forum seach but couldn't find anything. I'm guess this topic has been done heaps before though, but here goes.

I have an old brooks swallow?? saddle from the early 60's? and wondering if it's worth restoring and if so the best way to go about it?

It looks like it would of been tan with tin plated rivets?

It has some blue and yellow paint on it as well.

If anyone can help or point me in the right direction.. thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:47 am 
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Obvious answer, but not one people would necessarily think is the way to go.

Call/email Brooks themselves, they are, apparently very approachable and will be able to advise you. A friend of mine had the nose bolt snap on his (newer) Brooks. When the replacement bolt arrived neither him or his LBS could get it to fit so he spoke to Brooks who said "send it to us", he suggested he bring it in in person, which they agreed to, and he watched whilst the leather was stretched into place and the new bolt fitted.

To my eye though it looks like the leather is dried out, which would mean you would need to replace it. Once you get to that point you may as well just buy a new one (not retro, I know, but better than having a saddle collapse on you half way into a ride)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:20 pm 
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That needs a lot of Proofide!! :shock: That may soften the leather again.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:25 pm 
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douse it in lanolin it looks really dried out, but it might be salvagable if there are no huge cracks.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:27 pm 
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To my eye, that doesn't look like it needs any repairs. Get a tin of Brooks Proofide or dubbin and absolutely slather it top and bottom with a stiff shoe brush and use a toothbrush to get into the nooks and crannies underneath. It will be messy. Leave it for a few days to soak in, then repeat, maybe repeat it a third time. The leather will almost certainly supple up again.

If you want a shine, then use clear shoe polish over the top, but be aware that using shoe polish by itself does not soak in as well as Proofide or dubbin. Dubbin will shine up, but you need to leave it for at least a week to dry out before it will buff up.

I've also heard good reviews about using horse riding saddle wax, but definitely don't use oil. Oil will soften the leather too much and it'll go stretchy, which you don't want, plus it won't buff up to a shine. You'll also get an oily bum.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:58 pm 
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I would highly recommend Carr & Day & Martin, they produce a leather dressing which produces almost unbelievable results. I had a very similar Dawes Ace saddle, after 24hours it was supple with a nice sheen.

http://www.greatenglish.co.uk/item.aspx ... 4b7cfed613


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:48 pm 
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Can't see anything wrong with it. Needs a bit of Proofride, sure, but that's about it. Ride on it. It will be fine. They start to soften after 60 years, I've found.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:00 pm 
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There are lots of products that people swear by......but for me, brooks make proofhide for their saddles....so that's what I use!

As a previous poster wrote, rub it in with a soft cloth ( I use a terry towelling flannel) and leave it overnight...next day, do the same, then repeat until it looks nice and supple.....it will never look new, but will look good and more importantly, be really comfy on the old hoop!

Top and bottom, by the way!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:06 am 
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Thanks guys for all the help. am in NZ so sending back to brooks isn't an option.

Will definately try the dubbin and post pics if it works if anyone wants.

Cheers


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