Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
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Quick question. Just wondering what Selle SMP leather saddle owners use to maintain the leather on the saddle.
I see that selle suggest some leather saddle wipes. But can't see anywhere local or online where they are available to buy.
Then again, its just leather. I'm assuming there's an alternate version that might be cheaper and easier to source.
great question, pitty I do not have an answer for you, but will be watching for some as my white SMP is getting a little dirty
Nugget's probably as good an idea as any (but maybe not for a white saddle).
yeah, not a bad idea.
I was initially thinking of r.m.williams dubbin as well, but I think that stuff actually softens leather. Whereas you want something that nourishes the moisture in the leather but also creates a barrier against the elements as well as such close contact with your backside. Poor saddle
I just use Armorall protectant - the same stuff one might use on interiour car trimmings. Maybe 3 - 4 times per year on my black SMP, however, it has a perfect surface, no tears or rips, ie the outer tanning is still very much in tact and in good shape. Sure the first ride post application allows more body slip but after 20km it's back to regular service......
If your saddle is truly filthy then try an equestrian saddle soap. My sisters swear by Stubben glycerine based saddle soap on their uber expensive dressage saddles........ I used a simialr equestrian glycerine soap to to rejuvenate back to a high finish a pair of leather bucket seats in a 1970 XW Falcon which had been sat on for years by a mechanic in greasy overalls.
3rd class cycling is always better than 1st class walking
I imported the Selle leather wipe from Wiggle or CR which was quite possibly the most ridiculous thing I thought I'd need.
It's just a large cloth with some moist treatment that probably does the same thing as every suggestion you'll find in this thread, or bunnings.
Save your money.
I wash my whole bike with truck wash (including the saddle).
Every so often I might use some automotive leather protector or Armorall.
If the saddle is really leather get a god quality automotive leather conditioner and a separate leather cleaner. These will nourish the leather without making it super slippery. Your post ride maintenance should involve a quick wipe with a very lightly damp microfibre cloth, in fact do the entire bike.
Be careful with white leather saddles as they are usually painted white and if you get to aggressive with them the paint will come off leaving an ugly bare patch.
Most leather specialists dont like "Nugget" as it contains solvents which dry the leather. Arnourall has a high silicone content which I would think would make your saddle slippery. Truck wash is not designed for leather.
Will let you know if I have ever anything fail from what I am using.
Sorry but too many people over-think cleaning their bike.
Wash with truck wash, spray with hose, done.
Been doing it that way for years.
No worries sumgy, good to hear you have settled on something that works for you.
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