Nothing a little proofide wouldn't fix, I figured. And, if a little proofide is good, then a lot must be better.
I applied it pretty liberally to the top and underside. I left it overnight and then wiped off what was left on the top. The saddle looked 100 percent better. It no longer felt dry and it looked vintage, as opposed to decrepit. My new bike was ready to deliver to the capable hands of Theo, restoration expert.
So, I rode the bike down my driveway to where the car was parked... maybe 80 feet. On the way, I felt two distinct drops... first the left cheek, then the right.
This is what I saw when I got off and checked it out.
So, here's my question to you experienced bike restorers and Brooks users. Was this my fault? Was the saddle so old that this was bound to happen, or did my liberal use of proofide accelerate the process. Worse yet, should I lose another 30 pounds before attempting to sit on an old saddle again?
Here are two more views in case it helps you detectives: