So I've been riding my first Brooks (Champion Flyer S) for a few months and probably managed to put 150-ish miles on it. But I was wondering, what is the best advice for taking care of Brooks saddles?
I've been using VO saddle care, only twice. There was no proofide available from my usual sources and I needed to order from VO anyways. I love the smell!
Other then that I think this brooks may have been returned. The leather was already a little discolored when I got it. I bought it from Permaco for $84 so I don't mind. I'm glad to have gotten one at a price I can afford.
Recently I noticed a crack (?) in the leather near a rivet when working on the bike. What does this bode for my future? I'm going with the "your fine it's just your first expensive saddle" mentality but I've heard of Brooks saddles tearing at the rivets.
So first time Brooks owners, beyond the staggering number of approaches to breaking them in, how do you care for them?