Of all the components of a quality saddle, none is more important than the leather, and its scrupulous selection is entrusted upon men who, as judges, cannot be excelled.
They have absolute and definite instructions to examine every individual hide and pass none that do not reach our high standards.
They buy nothing but the highest quality ‘middlings’, or butt, ensuring that whilst all stretch is eliminated the flexibility of the leather is retained intact.
The ultimate result is that not only will the Brooks top keep its shape for years to come, but it will also form to the contours of your body. For Brooks saddles, only the butt of a hide is employed and whilst commanding a higher price it is only by use of such material, that our quality may be maintained and the experience of many millions of cyclists confirms the prudence of this wise precaution. Saddles cut from butts, dressed during manufacture, are practically waterproof, yet capable of ‘breathing’ in a healthy manner; this is why Brooks saddles never become clammy and are always cool to ride, thereby providing greater levels of comfort, even on the longest rides, on the warmest days. Primitive man recognized the serviceable qualities of leather and it has been utilized for footwear ever since.
Its value in the manufacture of quality footwear is widely recognized and despite great advances in technologies it still remains the number one choice of its purveyors. A cycle saddle, subject as it is to hard service, requires a covering of exceptional toughness.
We have much correspondence from cyclists who have used the same Brooks saddle for fifty or more years, great testament to the value of leather. Another, and even more important feature peculiar to leather, is that of porosity.
Invisible pores in the animal hide provide natural ventilation; that is why a Brooks saddle remains cool, and expert medical opinion emphasizes the benefits of leather in this respect. Maintenance and Fitting A saddle manufactured from leather, is the only saddle that will anatomically form to the contours of your body and become a truly ‘custom fit’.
Your saddle will marry itself to your unique sit bone position and will become as unique to you as your fingerprint.
Given time your saddle will, very much like a quality pair of leather shoes, fit like a glove.
As with shoes any quality leather saddle will require a break-in period, after which time they’ll reward you with many years of loyal service becoming so comfortable that you’ll wish you had discovered the brand earlier. Caring for your Brooks Leather is a natural material, which will provide lasting comfort, coolness in hot weather, style and durability. If you follow these simple instructions your saddle will adapt itself to you and retain its support and comfort.
A new saddle should be treated with the Proofide to help assist the ‘breaking – in’ process.
Proofide helps keep the leather supple as it is specially formulated from natural ingredients to condition, preserve and shower proof your saddle.
Proofide is the only substance that should be used to care for your saddle. Apply a little Proofide to the finished side of the leather.
Allow the Proofide to permeate until dry and then polish off.
Proofide should be used several times during the ‘breaking – in’ period and every 3 – 6 months thereafter.
On bicycles not fitted with mudguards, an initial application to the underside of the saddle will be beneficial.
This need not be polished off.
The leather gets its colour during the tanning process and it is possible, therefore, that some colour residues will remain.
It is recommended to polish the saddle with a soft cloth before first use. You should protect your leather saddle from moisture with a saddle cover.
If a wet saddle is ridden the colour may stain your clothing.
Allow wet saddles to dry naturally.
Never tension or Proofide a wet saddle. Correct leather tension will ensure your saddle retains its shape and comfort.
To tension, turn the nose bolt nut 90° at a time, check tension.
You can use the tension spanner or allen key to do this.
Over – tensioning a saddle will overstretch the leather fibres and may destroy their structure.
Little and not very often is the key.
Remember, once the end of the nose bolt is reached, the saddle can no longer be tensioned. Brooks produces a range of saddles varying from race saddles to heavy duty saddles in various colours with single, double and even triple wires.
Whilst single rail saddles can be used with a micro – adjust seat pin, remember that with double and triple railed saddles, the clip provided should always be used as this supports the saddle / rider correctly preventing premature breakage to the rails. Brooks supply a range of spare parts for your saddle to ensure it is always in a good state of repair. Your Brooks saddle is guaranteed for two years from the date of purchase against defects in manufacture or materials.
If you believe you have a claim under this guarantee, you should return the saddle to the place of purchase along with your proof of purchase. Fitting of your Brooks Correct fitment of any saddle is essential to achieve the most advantageous coupling with your body.
In the same way that your seat-post and handlebars require adjustment, precise positioning of your saddle will ensure a comfortable ride requiring less effort, whilst providing greater efficiency. Once you have selected the correct saddle pertinent to your style of riding, you must adjust it properly on the bike.
The saddle should be set parallel to the ground so that its tip is not pointed up or down to any great extent.
In case of slight pressure problems the tip of the saddle can be tilted forward a little. In order to avoid overstraining the knee, the seat height should be adjusted so that you can still just reach the ground with the tips of your toes, whilst sitting on the saddle.
If you feel unstable, the saddle can be set slightly lower. Brooks England Ltd www.brooksengland.com Downing Street, Smethwick, West Midlands, England B66 2PA, UK Brooks Branch Ltd (sales & marketing department)
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