A Trusted Friend – My Selle Italia Saddle

Every cyclist has something that sticks with them for a long time. It might be an article of clothing, a custom frame or a specific component. For myself, it’s a Selle Italia saddle I found in a junk bin that was tucked behind a stack of repair tags.

Back in 2004, I was in the middle of building my first monster-cross bike. The project had all sorts of wrong written all over it — I had converted a ’96 Trek 6500 frame to accommodate 700c wheels by using a Karate Monkey fork and Paul Moto Lite BMX brakes. I just needed a saddle to complete it. After rummaging around for a bit, I came across a bin that contained three or four saddles. One of them has become my long-trusted friend for all long distance endeavours.

At the time, I hadn’t thought much about it. I bought the saddle for the shop’s standard $15 trade-in price and mounted it up. Throughout the rest of the season, I rode it only periodically. I didn’t spend much time on it.

After that season, I disassembled the bike and sold off most of the parts. It never really fit well. Remaining among the random bits of my collection was this saddle.

A few years later, I was transitioning from mountain to road riding and began to spend more time on the bike. Again, I started to search for a good saddle that would suit my new purpose. After a few failed purchases, my roommate reminded me that I already had a saddle in the basement, still in a box. Sure enough, there it was — my long-forgotten $15 trade-in. Once again, I mounted it up and rode. I began to put on miles. It wasn’t long before I realized — this time — that I had found my saddle.

This saddle has been with me through several bikes. It’s seen thousands of miles and is sure to see thousands more. It’s starting to show signs of wear, but has held up remarkably well. It’ll be a sad day when it finally wears out, as this model is long out of production. Then, the search for a new friend will begin.

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