Re: [CR] Saddle soaking

Example: Production Builders:Frejus

From: Richard Pakula <>
To: 'John D Proch' <>, <>
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Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 22:26:25 -0400
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Subject: Re: [CR] Saddle soaking

Mike Barry (of Bicycle Specialties) said... The "Invincipile" saddle was in pretty rough shape when I got it. It had sagged quite badly and the front adjusting screw had been tightened to the limit. I slackened the screw right off and removed it so that the leather top had no tension. I then immersed the saddle in water for a few days. The leather was then quite pliable and I molded it back into shape with my hands. I then stuffed the underside with newspaper and put a toe strap around the middle to hold it all in shape. It was then allowed to completely dry for a couple of days. When dry I applied a liberal amount of Brooks Proofide to the top surface and kept doing so until the Proofide stopped being absorbed. At that point the adjusting screw was reinstalled and the surface was given a good polishing with shoe polish. It seems to me that neetsfoot oil softens the leather too much and it soon sags. I never put the dressing on the underside. The adjusting screw should only be tightened as a last resort. Overtightening pulls the curvature out of the sides of the saddle making it triangular shaped and consequently uncomfortable. May 31, 2008 6:09 PM


Richard Pakula Toronto, Canada

-----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of John D Proch Sent: July 5, 2009 8:51 AM To: Subject: Re: [CR] Saddle soaking

Try soaking it in Red Wing boot oil in a Frisbee or an aluminum cooking pan for a day. Then treat with a small amount of Proofide. Don't use it for a month. It is really a nice touch.

Best Regards,
John Proch
La Grange, Texas