It does last a few years. I bought my Brooks getting on for 15 years ago and I've still got most of the original tin of proofide left! You don't need to use much, or do it very often.[/b]Yorkshireman]Too much softening is not good for leather saddles (though opinion is mixed on `stuff` to treat them with) they need to be stiff enough to support you without turning into a hammock. [b]Mine cost me the best part of *£50.00 so I`m minded to follow the makers (Brooks) advice and use Proofide (£5.00 for a small tin that looks as though it will last a few years) said:* See my `nom de plume` to understand how much that hurt .
It`s not every @rse that`s suited to a Brooks (just like any other saddle really). The problen is that you don`t know until You have tried them.banjoblues said:So what are the disadvantages of a Brooks saddle? Why doesn't everybody use them if they are so good?
I just bought a new B17 about 3 weeks ago. I normally only commute about 12 miles a day and the first week I wore padded shorts/underwear. The first day of the 2nd week, it rained quite hard and after that the saddle softened up. Combo of riding, rain, drying and more balsam seemed to break the thing in. Have to admit riding the moonscape they call roads in London during the first week was most the most fun i recalled having on a bike.Rhythm Thief said:I think Brooks say you need to do about 500 miles on one of their saddles before it's broken in. Mine was comfortabl;e from the word go, once I'd set it up properly.
I read that the best way to break the saddle in is to soak it in a bucket of water, put it on the bike then ride it while it is still wet.Rhythm Thief said:And they don't like getting wet so the MTB crowd don't go for them either.
You need a beard and sandals to really appreciate them.banjoblues said:So what are the disadvantages of a Brooks saddle? Why doesn't everybody use them if they are so good?