Care and Feeding of Balance Oiled?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by RebornRider, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. RebornRider

    RebornRider Been here awhile

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    Had my first season with my, bought new, Garne Balance Oiled boots. They've performed stunningly. Very comfortable. Totally waterproof. Easy to walk in. If I could make one change it would be a pad over where the boot contacts the shifter.
    To my post, though....
    For those of you familiar with these boots. Is there anything I should be applying to the leather to keep them balanced and oiled and performing as new? Thanks. Ride safe, all. :-)
    gary
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  2. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    I have a pair that I absolutely love. I've been using Mink Oil on them. It tends to clean them as well as keep the leather supple. So far, so goo.
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  3. verruckt1

    verruckt1 Adventurer

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    +1 on the mink oil. Keeps them very supple. No special brand required. You will get scuff marks galore, but that's normal i guess. Makes them look worn in :1drink . I agree, these boots are extremely comfortable. 8 hours on and off my bike yesterday with some hill hiking to see the sights and my feet were sorry to see the boots come off at the end of the adventure.
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  4. pjm204

    pjm204 Long timer

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    My riding buddy has them and loves them, but after one season they look VERY well used, deep gouges, marks galore. It seems like the leather they use is very soft (adding to their comfort).
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  5. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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  6. RebornRider

    RebornRider Been here awhile

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    Excellent observations and advice. Sadly, my riding season is coming to an end here in west Massachusetts. Not done yet, but once it gets below 40 for my 5am morning commute to work, I back off on the two wheels, fearing ice that may have been formed from overnight dew. I'm riding in the dark into work and in the dark 12hrs later home from work! Once the salt goes on the road, I'm off until a couple of clensing rains in the spring. Gonna check out products advised and put the boots to sleep right! Thanks folks. Ride safe, all. :-)
    g
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  7. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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  8. RebornRider

    RebornRider Been here awhile

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    Good tutorial! Thanks! :-)
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  9. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    Mink oiled mine tonight. They're looking nice and soft again :D.
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  10. Nodabs

    Nodabs Been here awhile

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    I steal my wife's Lubriderm hand lotion. It works great on any leather products and is cheap to boot.
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  11. rollin45

    rollin45 n00b

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    I've been using this stuff for years on all my leather boots. It is vegetable based oil, rather than animal and is easier over the long run on threads and various types of soles.

    rollin'
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