I have literally have spent hundreds of dollars on bike saddles over the past several years! I have put off buying a saddle that was born over 100 years ago, because I thought high tech must be better. Wrong! From day 1 the Brooks B-17 was comfortable, even though there is no padding. Currently, I'm averaging 180 to 200 miles per week, on an indoor trainer or roads and the Brooks continues to feel better every time I ride.
I have tried the other well known leather saddle, it was OK, however, the cutout was causing major wear on my bibs. A big plus for the Brooks they are guaranteed for 2 years and ten if you register the saddle.
But it's not all Roses: The saddle requires a 20 deg setback seat post for most riders. (Short rails). Leather Brooks Saddles should not get soaked with water and needs a cover. And lastly, you should purchase from Proofide (conditioner) to use to break-in and semi-annual treatments when you purchase the saddle.
I am a frequent rider of 40 years duration. I ride road, hybrid and beach cruiser bikes. I bought the Brooks B17 Special to replace my retired (couldn't tighten the tension screw any more), 25 year old Brooks B17 Standard. I had a Special on my bike many years ago, which I loved but was stolen, and a Standard was available so I bought it. As many riders have noted, saddles are very individual to the rider as far as what works and is comfortable. They generally have to be purchased and ridden to see if they are right for that rider. I have a bag of a dozen saddles in my garage that didn't make the cut. The Brooks B17s, either Special or Standard, are not cheap but worth every penny. Though many riders report they have to break theirs in, both were comfortable for me right out of the box. They are beautifully constructed. If you have not found a comfortable saddle in the usual vinyl/ padded variety, try the Brooks B17 Special. My old one was rained on and sloshed through puddles repeatedly- no adverse effect as long as you apply saddle conditioner (Proofide recommended) as needed.
Own both the C19 (carved) and C17 (carved) and enjoy them both equally. No break-in required, saddle holds its shape for years. Yes, saddle is "heavier" (air quotes) than many, but its the comfort that keeps me in the saddle for miles and miles. I'm a 200 lbs., 6', 68 year old rider that rides 140 miles/week.
No need to worry about the saddle when caught in inclement weather. BTD's prices are very fair and shipment is quick. Don't hesitate on purchasing.
I live in Florida where we have warm and wet weather. I do not wear gloves so having bar tape that is not slippery is a pretty big deal. Some bar tapes feel tacky, but change quickly when wet to a water slide. The Brooks Cambium Rubber Bar Tape feels like rubber with good grip and feels exactly the same when wet. The feel of it is a combination of Newbaums and Supercaz.
It is on the chunkier side and although it is rubber it does not stretch a bunch. It took me quite a fews tries to get it on just right, so it was very forgiving. Even the cloth finishing tape had to come off a couple of times, but still adhered when I finally got the wrap right.
I paid $xx on sale at BTD and so far that has been the best price.