Your Brooks saddle will provide you with years or decades of use, provided you follow some common sense guidelines.
- Proper tension is important for the structural stability of your saddle.
There are three points on the saddle and if one of them is off or in this case no tension, the weight distribution will not be balanced and can lead to breaking the hardware on the frame of the saddle, or most commonly the nose pin. To tension the saddle, turn the spanner clockwise with the saddle facing you from the nose, as you turn the nut it pulls and stretches the leather out. Overtightening can cause too much tension and shortest the life of your saddle. In extreme cases, it can also pull the leather off of your rivets. Use short turns and check regularly to achieve the desired tension. If the nose pin turns when as you turn the bolt, you would need pilers to hold the pin when you turn it. Special note: Do not tension a wet saddle.
- Make sure that the leather is nourished and isn’t looking dry.
Your leather should appear like how you got it the first time, shiny and looking great. If it doesn’t look like that, then it doesn’t hurt you put on a coat of good old Proofide cream on top and underneath. Let it settle for about 40-60 minutes to let the natural ingredients work their magic. Then polish off the excess cream. Please note you may need to do this more than once to make the leather better again. Check your saddle every now and then, at least every 2-3months.
A Brooks saddle should not be ridden long during very heavy showers or stored over longer periods in direct sunlight or heat, as this can damage the leather. Never ride the saddle when it is very wet. However, if it does get wet, as long as you let it naturally air dry it will be fine.
Most metals will rust over time, so please keep it out of the elements that can do this or wipe it dry. Likewise the hardware can rust, so please think about where you store your bike. Copper rivets can also discolour over time so you may need to polish them carefully, being careful not to get anything on the leather. Regular use should prevent the need for this.