Brooks B17 colour question

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Brooks B17 colour question

Postby Vladimir » 23 Sep 2017, 9:48am

Hi all,
I rather fancy the saddle in the picture, but haven't seen such a light colour for sale.
Anyone know what it would be called?
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Re: Brooks B17 colour question

Postby CREPELLO » 23 Sep 2017, 12:12pm

It's called Mustard Yellow, but I rather wonder what colour it would become after a few months cycling :shock:

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Re: Brooks B17 colour question

Postby jgurney » 23 Sep 2017, 12:52pm

CREPELLO wrote: I rather wonder what colour it would become after a few months cycling

My 'royal blue' has turned black :(

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Re: Brooks B17 colour question

Postby pedalsheep » 23 Sep 2017, 6:51pm

My 'royal blue' quickly turned a rather nasty grey. :(
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Re: Brooks B17 colour question

Postby rmurphy195 » 26 Sep 2017, 7:15pm

My "honey" turned a nice rich dark brown - after I painted the back with Neatsfoot oil! (Then read you aren't supposed to do this)
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Re: Brooks B17 colour question

Postby deliquium » 27 Sep 2017, 6:21pm

A Brooks honey Imperial after almost daily use two years+ in Wales ~ 20,000 miles

The nose gets soaked and the dye fades. The back end becomes darker. I don't know what causes the blackening :shock:

'Proofided' lightly to the top only (have mudguards so don't worry about the underside of the saddle) - on an irregular basis, depending on how wet it gets. Then let it dry out and the 'Proofide' restores a bit of colour too :)

Have 3 other B17 Imperials, both honey and black. The black ones don't seem to discolour - but maybe they get ridden less in the Welsh wet?

All of them are markedly different in shape and leather thickness - they were always unique from new. All get regular use and similar mileages. The weather per saddle is beyond my wanting to know/record

Each are supremely comfortable - throughout their use and age. Some are harder. Some are saggier. They change. Not had to ditch one yet

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