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notes on a north american cycle trip in 2008

Archive for August, 2007

Practicing packing …

… me and Teri are going cycling down the Danube river soon. This is good practice for me to see how much stuff I can stuff into my panniers. What a lot of things and I’ve still to squash my laptop in there.

Before …
Stuff for packing
And after …Fully loaded.

Posted by me on August 20th, 2007

Sofa saddle ….

… my saddle died. It was a trusty, much loved, cheap ladies saddle. On the run up to the death of the saddle there was much fretting about identifying a replacement. Should it be plastic, should it be leather, should it have cut out bits, should it be padded. The only thing that I knew that it should be was red coz it’s compulsory for everything to do with my bicycle to be red. How many blogs, websites, magazines did I read about saddles ? Oh about a gazillion. And how many people did I ask ? Another gazillion who all had a gazillion different opinions.

But I liked the look of a certain saddle that cycle tourists seemed to keep recommending over and over again. It was leather and beautiful and had some cut out bits so that my bits wouldn’t get squashed (v. important!) and had a red option but I was anxious about the length of the saddle (more like a men’s saddle), its price ($160) and the fact that I couldn’t understand all the anatomical documentation that accompanied it. But it was red and what more technical information is required ?

So it arrived and I was appalled. It looked hard. It was narrow. How can I sit on a razor ? Even if the razor is red. I was not looking forward to days of bruising and weeping. I fitted it and went cycling and the strangest thing happened. I didn’t even notice that I was sitting on a saddle. It is the most comfiest saddle; the comfiest, reddest saddle ever.

She is a Selle An-Atomica Titanico Leather Saddle - Red and I got it from those lovely ladies at Team Estrogen.
Selle anatomica SADDLE

Posted by me on August 12th, 2007

First aid ….

… just in case I skid down the street on me arse, elbow, thigh, nose etc etc
Road rash crash packs

Posted by me on August 5th, 2007