A Brooks saddle, after a few thousand kms of riding on it, will conform naturally to the seat-bones of the owner’s bum, making it more comfortable to ride on. But, when the saddle softens and stretches to conform, the sides tend to flare out a bit. And I’ve always noticed that riding on it again after a long absence hurts my inner thighs. I’ve also noticed that after a few days on the road, the pain will wear off… more likely the muscles got used to it.
I’ve been looking at it and I know it doesn’t have to be so. In fact, Brooks has a model that will never flare at the sides — the B17 S Imperial, which looks like this….