What is the best saddle leather conditioner?

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  1. #1 Posted Oct 6, 2017

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    Please provide input concerning the best leather conditioner for seats/saddles. I have searched the site and the following products have been mentioned:
    Lexol Leather Conditioner
    Picard Leather Dressing
    Bickmore Bick 4
    Brooks Proofride
    Has anyone tried more than one of these to compare which is better? I have some seats that will be ridden in the future and other that are just show saddles. Are any of these products better for certain applications? Thank you for you input.
    Kindly, Brant
     
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    Brooks.It conditions without softening.A Brooks saddle will soften and stretch if you use the wrong conditioner.
     
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    Mink oil works really well for dry leather - Amazon
     
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    There is some controversy around mink oil accelerating deterioration of stitching. OP may want to do some research on this before use.
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    If those were all mine, believe me, they'd be beautifully displayed on a piece of cardboard!
     
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    I am glad they are not all yours.I was starting to wonder about your mental status.
     
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    No reason to stop just because of that.
     
  10. #10 Posted Oct 15, 2017 at 8:43 AM

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    I'm anti-conditioning leather saddles.

    Whatever you use will degrade the leather, stain your shorts, and darken the grain.

    If it's new, just ride it. Your butt will harden and the seat will (eventually) soften.
     
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  11. #11 Posted Oct 18, 2017 at 4:36 AM

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    I've used Proofide for years, and I like it. However upon a friend's staunch recommendations, I've tried NikWax on a brand new Brooks B17 Special that I mounted on my Surly ECR. I must admit that I like it much better than Proofide. It sinks into the leather and really looks nice after buffing. Hey, it's for waterproofing climbing boots! Brooks says twice a year for Proofide. NoControl says once a year for NikWax.

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