When is a Brooks saddle buggered?

My saddle caused me so much pain towards the end of my last trip I thought it was finally time for a new one. It did me well for many miles. It was a Brooks B17 Ladies saddle. This time I’ve gone for the Imperial version with the cut-out with the hope it’ll relieve a little pressure.

So here’s a little photographic comparison between a brand new Brooks saddle and one that been toured on for 36,000km plus a few thousand more riding in the UK and commuting. (i.e. ~24,000miles).

It’s true I didn’t look after my saddle well (you don’t need to tell me) although I tended not to leave it out in the rain. I could have used proofide more often. By the time I needed to tighten the saddle, the bolt had rusted on and I just never got round to doing anything more about it when I was in West Africa.

I’ll be taking much better care of this one…

End of Days - The old one after more than 38,000km (24,000miles)
End of Days - The old one after more than 38,000km (24,000miles)
Scratched and faded
Scratched and faded
A little rust
A little rust
Brand new Brooks
Brand new Brooks
Top Side
Top Side
Bottom Side
Bottom Side
Rust
Rust
Brooks Saddle Comparison
Brooks Saddle Comparison