I'm looking for some advice from brooks owners and hope you can help.
after our last short touring adventure with my wife we decided to get more comfartable saddles, preparing for our long touring in August up in hokkaido. reading all the great reviews on brooks saddles on this site and many othes on the net we decided to get brooks B17 (champion specials, men and womens size). after reading the instructions carefuly that came with it and disregarding all the advice about how to speed up the breaking in process, i put on only proofide before mounting them on our bikes. i put a light coat on top and a little more on the underside as to waterproof them..so far so good.
anyway, left it for about 2 days (it was raining so had no chance of riding) and today we went on our first short ride. after 15 minutes of ride i was really happy as to how comfortable brooks really were. we both felt they were pretty comfortable right out the box and were glad that we weren't going to live through the horror stories of trying to break them in...however, after riding some more, i started to notice how soft my brooks had become so i got of my bike to check and to my surprise i could see that the saddle had become soft to the point where when i press with my thumb i could see slightly stretching a little. my wife's brooks however is still very hard with no effect when i put pressure on it.
my question is did i put too much proofide on my brooks?? i doubt it is normal for it to be soft after a 30 minute ride. my only conclusion is that it may have been in the store for too long and the leather needs tensioning, but since i have read many places not to play around with tensioning i'm really reluctant to adjust it. another thing that i thought of is maybe since proofiding i was only able to let it sit indoors since it was raining for the last two days and the leather needs to be placed under the sun to dry ( but my wifes seems to have no problems...)
i would really appreciate it if someone who has experience with these saddles can give me some ideas whether this is normal or some helpful tips....in the meantime, i stopped riding until i can leave it under the sun for a day to see if it will tighten a little.
thanks for all your help in advance..