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Maintenance of leather bicycle saddles

Find all the questions related to the maintenance of Berthoud Cycles leather bicycle saddles.

In spite of the selection we make when cutting the hides, it sometimes happens that in a series, a leather relaxes abnormally fast. This remains random and unpredictable during the manufacturing process. If you encounter this problem or think you have a defective leather, please contact us via this page.

Here are the steps to follow for the removal/reinstallation of the saddle leather:

  1. Unscrew the tension screw located in the nose of the saddle until it is free, but without taking it out of the nose.

  2. Remove the 9 screws and cups holding the leather in place and remove the old leather. - Present the new leather. Position it well on the crescent, the holes must be well in front.

  3. Then adjust the position of the nose on the rails (the tension screw being completely unscrewed, the nose is now free and you can pull or push it to make it slide on the rails). Again, the holes in the leather must fall squarely in front of the threaded inserts in the nose.

  4. Replace the 9 brass screws and cups. Screw them all in a few turns by hand to make sure that the screws are engaged straight in the inserts and that they do not force. Finish screwing and lock with a T25 key.

    Do not force the screws into the inserts with a wrench or a screwdriver, as this may damage the threads.You may want to put a small drop of medium threadlocker on the screws (LOCTITE® Blue 243 for example) to make sure a screw does not loosen.

  5. Tighten the tension screw in the nose until the tip of the screw appears at the back of the nose.

  6. Riding your bike.

In order to maintain your leather bicycle saddle, we invite you to download our instruction manual (FR/EN) which contains the essential advice to keep your saddle in shape. This manual is also provided in paper format inside each of our saddles that leave our workshops to help you maintain them over the long term.

Also, in order to maintain leather softness and aspect of the underside of your saddle (flesh side), we propose a Wax to apply without excess once or twice a year.

The Leather Conditioner comes in complement to restore and maintain a high shine of the top side of the leather (grain) of your saddle.

Finally, we also cut and sewn in our workshop simple or integral saddle cover which is ideal when you ride in heavy rain without fenders (mudguards) or when your bike is on your car.

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