Friday, January 20, 2012

Raleigh Project One, Brooks B72

This Brooks Saddle is in tough shape. At first glance, it looked as if it had been hardly used, but with close inspection, I could see that the top grain was totally cracked and the completely dried out. Riding the saddle in this shape could cause the leather to tear and break around the rivets

First things first! We need to get as much moisture back into the leather as possible. Starting with a gentle warm water bath, carefully wash any dirt and dust off.

Next, put a heavy coating of "Brooks Proofide" inside and out. Use extra around the corners, nose and around the rivets where the leather is worn and extra dry.

The last step is to wrap the saddle tightly in a plastic bag to allow the Proofide to do its magic, We will be coming back to this in a couple days.

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