Question: I’ve read that some distance riders and others use leather saddles. But how can you prevent them from getting soaked and ruined when it rains? — Purvis B.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Riders who use leather saddles should carry a rain cover in their seat bag. You can find various models online.
Some riders simply treat the saddle’s underside with a leather preservative. Again, most makers of leather saddles sell their own version, and there are many other leather treatment options available online.
The rider’s body keeps the top from getting wet unless there’s a deluge. A rear fender, rack or seat bag will stop water from soaking the underside.
It’s important not to let a leather saddle get too wet. Like a pair of leather shoes, it can stretch and sag. It may take on the shape of a hammock.
Tip! If a leather saddle does get soaked, snug a zip tie, piece of string or something similar around its center to hold it in the correct shape while it dries.