Most questions about leather saddles seem to be about keeping them dry, but what about too dry?

I just bought a new bike with a Brooks B-17. I've applied proofide and I will be getting a cover to protect it from the rain (it's stored outside unfortunately). However, currently it's extremely hot and sunny where I live. Should I be getting a cover more urgently to protect the saddle from hot sun?

2 Answers 2


The leather's greatest enemy is moisture, not water. Leather becomes mouldy if it is wet for a long time. Don't let that happen.
It may lose its colour when exposed to the sun, but under the tight plastic cover it may become wet - do not leave your bike in bright sunshine all day.
Quick rain may leave spots, but won't destroy the leather.
Dry heat can lead to excessive drying - therefore shoes or other leather items must not be dried on the heater.
Take care of your wonderful saddle. I don't know what leather preservatives you can buy in your area - check what they have for leather clothes. If there is any horse riding accessories shop*, especially old fashioned, they may have best solutions.
Use this protection after drying and before winter storing.

* horses and jockeys are sweating, horse saddles and harnesses are precious - they must be good at caring for the leather.

If your bike is completely stainless and you can safely leave it outside, do not leave it with a leather saddle. Too much fresh air and changes in the weather are bad for the leather.

If you need the best sun protection - think about an airy cotton or linen bag.

The best place to store leather is a wooden, clean, closed wardrobe.

Don't panic - I've described the best practices - you don't have to do this every day, just do the right thing.

  • Saddle soap should work equally good no matter if it's a bike or a horse saddle, as long as it's leather. Good idea with horse riding shop.
    – Mołot
    Aug 12, 2020 at 0:10

I'd think a white opaque plastic bag over saddle would do fine. The leather has to breathe - if you wrap it tightly then it might grow mould.

You might have to treat your saddle leather a little more frequently if it lives in the sun/heat a lot.

Ideally, store your bike inside, a garage, or at least under some rain protection. A balcony/porch/etc is better than out in the weather. A wall-hook or lift might let you utilise unusable space.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.