[CR]"Butchering" Brooks saddles

Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2006 16:39:04 -0800 (PST)
From: Arthur Link <artlink@flash.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]"Butchering" Brooks saddles

I've done four saddles this way in recent months.Two Brooks B17and two Fuji Belt(thicker leather than Brooks and identical construction) .I did two saddles when I was 10 and 12 years old because we all wanted to be racy. The best method is to mark the cut line with a ball point pen and cut with an X-acto knife. Don't try to go through with the first or second cut,just keep going over the same line. Sand the cut edge with sandpaper or an emery board and stain the cut edge with brown or black magic marker. Ten minutes later--Voila! a Brooks Swallow without "gulping" at the price. The saddles I trimmed as a kid lasted years without deforming,even ridden and parked in the rain for 4 years of highschool. Some kids emulated the pro-racers and punches 3-4 holes on the sides or skirt of the saddle and laced them like sneakers to tighten them in and "slenderize" the saddle. This may be unecessary for stability. A little weight loss but a lot less friction on the inside seam. Keep the rubber side down for 2006. Art Link,Sunny San Antonio,Tx

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