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  1. #1
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    Default Breaking in a Saddle

    I just got a butet demo saddle and I love it but I can't get the leather to break in, any help?
    I've ridden in it 10+ times and oiled it twice but the leather isn't becoming soft/ supple
    any Guru's out there?
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    I bought my Butet new and it was easy to break in and wasn't slippery even the first ride, but I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to break in the demos, or oil them.



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    I meant that I bought the demo, so its "used" but its a brand new saddle
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    Ten rides is not all that much time, I wouldn't over oil it though, keep riding in it and cleaning and conditioning it and give it a little more time. The newer models are made with a still beautiful but more durable leather than the older ones, and it probably takes a bit longer to break it in.

    CWD's Cream Conditioner is great for breaking in new leather, and for oiling I find Walsh's (formerly Blue Ribbon) to be the best.



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    I used to have a Butet, and I remember when I got it new it only took one good oiling (mainly to darken it), and a couple of rides before it felt soft/broken in...and it wasn't even that bad on the first ride. Maybe it was rained on or cleaned/treated improperly before you bought it? That doesn't seem normal for a Butet, unless something has changed with their saddles. Or maybe it's just a different feeling from what you are used to?
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