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Brooks saddle

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Yellow Fang, 22 Apr 2008.

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

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    Reading
    Mine's creaking a lot. I'm not sure whether it's the leather, the rails or something else. I used to have another Brooks B17 and that used to creak too. Does anyone have any ideas? Should I have done something to the leather or something?
     
  2. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

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    Tighten the saddle up using the nut under the nose, and get some Proofide on it.
     
  3. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

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    Reading
    From where does one get proofhide?
     
  4. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

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    Behind a desk
    Your LBS should have some, or you can order the special spanner and the proofide online after a quick google.
     
  5. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    Often Brooks saddles give a little creak from the tension adjustment gubbins in the nose, especially when they're new in my experience. A drop of 3in1 or grease in there seems to sort it out pretty quickly.
     
  6. Proofide, yes. But don't touch the nut under the nose! Seriously, you'll knacker your saddle.
     
  7. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    AGREED!

    But as mentioned the creaking comes from around the tensioning system...get some proofhide in there and it all quietens down. It's part of the art of keeping a Brooks saddle... treated like pets, they'll be faithful companions for years to come. :wacko:
     
  8. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

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    My understanding is that the saddle stretches over the years and the nut is especially built in to tighten them up.

    Why are you saying differently? What's your reasoning?
     
  9. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    I have had mine for 3 or 4 years, never touched the bolt. The saddle is dimpled but not sagging.

    I think the reasoning is that the more you adjust the bolt the more you stretch the leather resulting in shorter life of the saddle. The adjuster is only to rescue a badly sagging saddle and not for routine cranking.
     
  10. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I'd go with this, I've bnever tightened the bolt and my oldest is 20 years old, but I have heard some bad tales about people who have tightened their saddles.

    I don't get too attached to Proofhide either,my 20 year-old has had neatsfoot oil, dubbin, Hydrolan all used on it and it works fine. Just don't overdo it. Once maybe twice a year max.
     
  11. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

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    Behind a desk
    OK. makes sense, thanks.
     
  12. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

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    Reading
    I was going to ask what size spanner as the bolt seems difficult to get at. Hmmm.
     
  13. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    A special Brooks spanner may be obtained...but nobody needs it as the nut should never be touched!
     
  14. campagman

    campagman Über Member

    Location:
    at home
    I did tighten my colt saddle after 4/5 yrs but it did not need much and I do appreciate that too much tightening can cause problems. My saddle was more comfortable afterwards.
     
  15. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    I've tightened mine. The saddle is fine, more comfortable and no damage. It doesn't need much tightening though.