I broke my seat last week. I have no idea how it happened. I didn't even notice it until after a ride, when I looked at my bike and was like "hey, the seat's all tilted to one side." This makes two things apparent: that I am not the featured character in "The Princess And The Pea," and that the Performance knock off of the Selle Italia SLR has a rider weight limit lower than 170. The thing was actually pretty good while it lasted. It was light, had titanium rails and my junk didn't go night night sleep. Tomorrow I am taking a very richly deserved (says I) day off from work and go get my ass a new SLR. Then I'm going to break it in. Then I have to go to the dentist. Isn't my life absolutely compelling? I'm going white this time, and the real thing, so next week at Tradezone when I am posing for the camera instead of racing and then blowing up after one pull while Eddy Merckx sits on my wheel, I will be all the more stylish. Now that I know it's not discontinued. Don't really know why I thought that. For the past little bit, I have been rocking my old Selle Italia Flite Gel. The thing is a couch. I have kind of a narrow ass, this is not my ideal saddle.
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Being a master of epoxy, Dremel tools and parsimony, I have my saddle back. To celebrate I did the 10am loop and then the noon ride, which I'd never before done. Thursday is Mayor Day at Hains Points, which means huge crowds going fast. I was pretty darn tired from 45 hard miles (including my best ever 5 minute interval) by the time I got there, when I left I was smoked. But man was my butt singing like Jorg Jacksche in a Bundes Court Hearing, with the old faithful and heaps and gobs of A&D. I am also officially done with the Point. It just scares me. Little wonder. But it may be as cool as anything in the US that the mayor of a major city goes and bangs it out with a bunch of ego'd up chuckleheads on bikes during his lunch break in his fair city. DC is cool with me, I like it here.
My seat post is a Thompson Elite with set back. I guess it's pretty sweet. It's the only part of my bike that took it on the chin when I crashed last spring. It hit the sign post scant moments after my leg did. The seat post, in vast and profound contrast to my leg, was unscathed but for a small victory scar. When I bought my current frame I needed a new post since my old frame took a different diameter post, and the dude at the shop said the Thompson was the biz. I suppose it is. One thing that I did notice the other day, though, is that the Dura Ace seat post on my wife's bike gives way less of a fight when you change seats.