Posts Tagged ‘saddle’

Gripping my horse!

8 March 2011

Darned mechanical bits!! Three miles into the ride my saddle decides to play up and allows my fat derrière to shift the angle. Instead of it being slightly tilting downwards to the front it shifts angle completely and points to the sky and tilts backwards. This has the effect of moving my bum backwards thus adding a greater force to the rear of the saddle which results in re-inforcing the desire for the saddle to point to sky. I get off the bike in order to fix it. Not wanting to move, I have to get my allen keys out, remove the saddle bag and then undo the screw to allow me to switch the saddle back. With two pairs of gloves on, it wasn’t easy.

I eventually get it done and start cycling again. A couple of miles further down the road, or perhaps a different road, I feel the saddle shift again. SLy old dog that it is, it only shifts a couple of degrees but it is enough for me to feel and notice. Then another couple. Then another. Eventually, it is very noticeable but it seems to have reached a point where it stopped shifting. I decided I could live with it.

Nicely protected form the northerly wind, I eventually come around to Vets which is slightly uphill but a fast road nonetheless. Not today! With the saddle making me shift my weight backwards, this is definitely the wrong posture for climbing. It gets steeper as I approach the railroad track before I-495 and I begin cursing the saddle. After the Interstate, the road climbs again before beginning a nice descent. I find it easier to stand on the pedals but a red light puts paid to that idea. I reach the top and begin my descent. I am on Townline now and have only one little climb before the reaching my home street. What an uncomfortable ride it had been. Poor Trekkie!!

All the while, I am thinking of my yoga class as I grip my horse. Emily would be proud of me!!

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Out of shape

29 September 2010

How easily we fall out of shape.  Today’s ride of 22 miles felt tough.  I was back to equalling the slow times of last winter.  I remember at one point thinking this was a long ride – when was the last time I felt that, the 300k?  As I said after the 600k, I need to get a schedule as that worked very well when I had planned out the rides in advance.  Of course, having to train for the 5k run is not helping as I have to now alternate between running and cycling.  After the turtle run, if I am still not liking it, I may switch to swimming instead of running.

The new saddle popped.  I was climbing the hill on Motor Parkway when I felt it pop.  What had actually happened was the force on the saddle made it snap back on the post somehow.  I need to go have a look as I forgot when I got in.  I got to the top of the hill and popped it back as it was uncomfortable climbing with the saddle leaning slightly upwards.  It did a mini pop later into the ride but I haven’t popped that back yet.  Let me go do that now.

Finally, the new saddle

13 September 2010

The new saddle arrived on Friday afternoon and today was the first chance I got for having a ride having been scuba diving and running both Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The new Terry saddle

The new Terry saddle

When I sat on the bicycle in the garage last night, my immediate thought was that it felt uncomfortable.  I knew I was going to take it out for a spin this morning so when I woke up, I prayed it was raining!!  No such luck.  So armed with lights and sporting the cycling jersey got me, luminous yellow, I set off.

The thoughts for this morning were different to last night.  A lot less cushioning than the other saddle, however, not as severe as the saddle I got on my first racer when I was 13.  My bum quickly adapted to it though I can tell it is built for speed work.  Terry also make saddles for long distance, especially designed for men and their bits! I may end up getting one of those.

This morning’s ride took me on a reverse journey.  I somehow seem to have adopted Village Lane as a climbing road instead of the usual descent.  After speeding down Motor Parkway, instead of turning right on to Terry Rd (pardon the pun), I kept straight on Motor Parkway and climbed that hill.  I can maintain a 30mph pace descending that so it is not a steep climb and after last weekend was nothing to write home about it.  I turned right on to Rosedale (I think) which has another climb that it is steeper than Motor Parkway but very short.  Down Ocean Ave next where I did not get the benefit of the downhill as there were two red lights to go through as it passed beneath the Interstate.  Johnson next then Terry and finally up old Walter. 😛

The saddle became more comfortable as the ride progressed.  Or, I should say, my bum moulded itself to it better.  I end up liking the saddle and think it will be a good saddle for the winter when the rides are not so long.  I am not sure about doing a century ride on it though you never know, come March next year it may feel as comfortable as any cushioned saddle.

Woohoo, won a saddle!

23 July 2010

Just got an email from MapMyRide to say that I won an FLX Men’s Saddle from Terry Bicycles.  I think it was a random drawing and not because I had the best performance on the day.  I’ll take the saddle regardless.  I am hoping it arrives in time for the 300k in September. (more…)