Questions Setting Up My First Leather Saddle
Well, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a Gilles Berthoud Aravis touring saddle. It's my first tensioned leather saddle, so I have some questions that I thought I might ask, mostly related to how the leather contours itself over time.
My current saddle is a Fizik Arione, which is in just about the perfect position. It's not quite flat, having a slight dip in it. I'm not sure if the new saddle is flat or has a dip in it, but how high should I set it? Should it be so its top surface is at the same height as the dip in the Arione? Or, should I set it to where the wide sit bone area is? I do tend to move forward/backwards on the saddle, but sitting on the wide part is really the best place for me. Should I mount it just a hair higher to account for the contouring the saddle will do over time?
I've always put a slight nose-up tilt to my saddles, mainly to keep me from sliding forward. Would I set the leather saddle to the same angle, or less (to account for contouring)?
I don't know what a new leather saddle is supposed to feel like, but I know they're really hard initially. If it's too hard after a ride or two, should I loosen the tension a bit, then tighten it back once it contours itself (say, after a couple of hundred miles)? Is there any rule of thumb for what the correct tension should be? Over the years, will I need to increase the tension a bit, or does the leather tend to keep its tension?
Thanks in advance.