Since there seems to be so many Brooks users here maybe I you can help.
I've got 2 OLD leather saddles, one an Ideale of unknown model and a Brooks B-15.
The Ideal is on the narrow side, but in very good shape. I've been riding it for a few weeks and find it OK in terms of comfort. The question is, can a saddle broken in to another's sit bones be re-broken-in to my own? I'm doing a century tomorrow on this saddle, this may answer any question I may have about the comfort of this antique.
The Brooks is intact but the leather is cracked in many places, and the lower part of the saddle that covers the side of the rails is bending outwards. I tightened this saddle a bit as it was very loose when I found it using the Ideal as a guide as to how tight to adjust it.
Is the Brooks worth riding, or should I just use it to decorate the living room?
I've got a big ride (~350 miles in 48 hours or less) coming up at the end of April and I've not settled on a saddle yet. I'm trying to keep the cost of this trip down, and avoiding the cost of a new B-17 would help, as I need a new chain and cassette, a few dry bags, etc....