I went out for my first ride of the season, and pretty much my first real ride in a year, last night. And in that year, not only has my ass gotten softer (it has, no way around THAT) but my bike seat has gotten harder. A lot harder. A lot, a lot harder.
To be fair, this is the seat that came with the bike (apparently a Selle Royale Freccia Hunh. Never knew that), my much-loved 2003 Devinci Stockhom, which now has eight years, and 35,000km of my 210+lbs ass on it. That seat has nothing left to give, and owes nothing, either. Hell, they bike doesn't owe me anything, with that kind of mileage on it.
But I did 25km last night, give or take, and I hurt in my areas when I got back on the bike this morning. Hurt to sit on the saddle. And that's never happened before, even when I was at my heaviest.
Which means, it's time for a new saddle.
Which saddens me. I'd hoped to hold off on any major maintenance on the bike for another year, and just replace the bike. With the mileage on her, I'm surprised that I've not seen any major issues in the crank and cassette, and derailleur. But I haven't. So, those low-end Shimano Alivio parts? pretty damn good, if you clean them and oil them fairly regularly.
But I digress.
I can't afford a new bike right now, no-way, no-how. Even if I don't buy a tablet (which is a want right now, not budgeted at all) it doesn't 'save' me enough to buy a new bike. So, I'm shopping for a saddle. And I'm a big lad, and I put real miles on my bike. So, I have to actually resarch it.
And I don't know anything about bike seats. I've never bought an after-market saddle. I've never even looked at them. The first thing I did was google "Bike Saddle 200+lbs". The one thing I do know about bike seats is there is a big difference in them if you're 140lbs, vs 200lbs. What turned up first was the Selle Italia SLR.
Well, guess what? I'm NOT spending $250 on a bike seat.
What comes up next, and CONSTANTLY, is the Brooks B-17. It appears everyone swears by this seat. there's references to it all over bike forums, it pops up first in google searches (as I did above) and, better, it slots into the $70-$140 range, depending on the model.
And that's where I run into problems. What the hell model do I buy? And who in Ottawa stocks the damn things?
The other option is a Fizik Arione. And honestly, that's because the tech is just cool: where the Brooks is old-school leather, and just good engineering in the old way, the Arione is definitely new-school. Unfortunately, I think it's out of my price range. Online seems to indicate they're around $160 average price, which is pushing it.
Now, I know, I could spend the money, get the best I can realistically use (that's important: I'm not a racer and never will be: $500 on a saddle is insane for me), and I can always transfer it from this bike to the new one. But at the same time, I know all things are incremental improvements, once you reach a certain price point. Which means, for the average, semi-serious rider? About a hundred bucks gets you 90% of the payoff of a more-expensive seat.
The question is, where in Ottawa can I get a Brooks saddle? Because I can't afford to wait a month to get one delivered from the UK or somethin'. (update: anyone shopped at Tall Tree Cycles? They stock all the Brooks saddles, and a bunch of others, too.
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