Posted on July 15th, 2009 No comments
So … i’ve been uncomfortable on my bike for a while. My saddle just hasn’t been right. I decided to put on another saddle and it was better, but not great. I got a saddle from a friend that I had been meaning to try out, but I just hadn’t got to it. Last week, I put it on the track bike as the track bike was 10x worse than my road bike. I liked it! Crazy – eh? So … I like to have the same saddle on my track bike and my road bike – just a thing I like to do. I find another saddle on ebay and win the auction – great price. I get the saddle, but don’t feel like changing it… you see, I want the one on the TRACK bike on the ROAD bike and the new one on the track bike. Yeah… you are probably going “He’s a little worked up about this – isn’t he?” Well, the “new one” actually has steel rails that tend to BEND rather than BREAK. The Dick Lane Velodrome is a rough track and has a “whoop-dee-doo” that is known for breaking saddles. Steel often bends before it breaks. Titanium just flat out breaks – *pop* – all done!
This morning, I saw the saddle and said – eh… not today! Ooops!
This is the product of my lunch ride. It didn’t come COMPLETELY apart until I got it off the bike. I was able to ride home, but it snap’d, crack’d and pop’d down there a lot. Not a good sound between your legs.
Given all that happened and having a desire to ride tomorrow – I had to do some work on my bikes tonight. I’m happy to report all is well. My track bike is sad – it’s Wednesday and it’s just hanging out with the gang… not being abused and beaten on at the DLV, but it now has it’s semi-perma-temporary saddle – so it is at least one with the universe.
As you can see, the road bike now has a saddle on it that is all in one piece – no begins the “acclimation period”. I think it won’t last too long. I did race this saddle on the track and it was quite comfortable. The track has a ‘special’ way of letting you know if your saddle is going to work for you or not. Something about pulling G’s in the corner that makes sure you are “in touch” with your saddle.