djb wrote:Greetings from Canada. I have four Brooks on various bikes and am a long time touring guy, about 30 years.
Given that you are starting with a new saddle, just a little heads up on not overdoing the proofide initial treatment. I've found over the years that if you overdo it, it softens the leather a bit too much, and over time you'll get more sag. They don't need much, so err on a small amount.
Long life and long term comfortable riding on a Brooks comes from dimples forming to you, but keeping rest of leather body in good firm, supporting shape.
I've ridden my models like yours in long trips and general use and they really don't need much proofide... Mind you I don't ride a ton in the rain and always put on a Brooks rain cover, before getting one always had a plastic bag to use.
Thanks djb. I'm sure you're right, I certainly won't be over softening it.
I and my bike don't often see rain either though we get plenty of it here, I was just unlucky enough to be caught in an unexpected downpour.
If I sniff rain again while out riding the cover will go straight on.