[CR]Re: Myths & cleaning leather saddles


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From: Calvert Guthrie <Prairieprinter@mac.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 21:36:02 -0600
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: Myths & cleaning leather saddles

I haven't gone through all the recent posts but I want to point out that some years back I posted a step by step of leather saddle restoration instruction. I stand by it . If a saddle can be revived this is the way to do.

Two statements I noticed need challenged.

1/ Brooks Proofide does soften leather & you can over do it. It is the best thing for a saddle that is clean and dry and not totally cooked. Too much Proofide on a new saddle will soften it prematurely.

2/ Saddle soap along with sun & sweat is a saddle's natural enemy. There are better leather cleaners. Try Lexol Leather Cleaner. Saddle soap drys leather. The best way to wreck a saddle is to rub-coat it with saddle-soap.

Calvert Guthrie
Kansas City