The Brooks B17 I have on one of my bikes has now done a few thousand miles, and when comparing with a new saddle on Algernond’s bike last weekend, I noticed that it was starting to spread a little.
I also looked at yet another B17 on someone else’s bike, and noticed the lacing on this one – it was the B17 Imperial, which also features a cut-out:
Brooks B17 Imperial. An open-crotch saddle with lacing for the discerning fetishist cyclist.
So I wondered about adding some lacing to my saddle. First of all, I marked it up, with a shallow score line 8mm from the edge, and hole centres on a 10mm pitch:
I drilled out the holes – eight on each side – with a 3mm bit:
and gave it a thorough rub over with Proofide, before lacing it up, paying particular attention to that score line:
The finished product: