brooksby wrote:Picking up on something someone said upthread... The dye can come out and stain clothing? I ride exclusively in normal clothing, so that's a bit of a red flag.
To expand on what I wrote I have an old black B17 saddle, and when I wear relatively light coloured shorts, e.g. kakhi or grey, I find that after a few rides the part of the shorts in contact with the saddle is noticeably somewhat darker than the surrounding fabric. The staining can be removed by washing the shorts (although depending upon the washing liquid/powder used it might be necessary to use a pre-wash treatment or - as I do - rub the fabric with soap and water).
It's not a big deal to me and I continue to use the saddle with those shorts, but if I were buying a new Brooks saddle my preference would be for the honey colour for that and the other reasons I have given. Note that this is not something which is limited to solid leather saddles or Brooks: I get similar staining from the dye of a black leather topped Rolls saddle.