Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
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Grant Petersen at Rivendell is a Brooks nut, and he's written quite a bit on care and feeding of leather saddles. Proofhide (which he sells at www.rivbike.com
, if you strike out everywhere else) should be used only once or twice a year, no more. He advises against gooping it on heavily--a light coat on top and maybe a slightly heavier one on the bottom (to deflect spray if you don't have fenders) is plenty.
Riding without it won't hurt anything, certainly not for the short time it will take you to find some. I have three B-17s and a Pro, and the Pro got NOTHING on it for the first six or eight years--I got it at a going-out-of-business sale for a couple of bucks and I didn't know Proofhide existed. Even here in the desert (Reno), it did fine. Since I found out you're supposed to treat them, I've been using Proofhide lightly in spring and, if I think of it, in fall. No probs in four to 12 years, depending on the saddle.