Posts Tagged ‘Saddle’

A Trusted Friend – My Selle Italia Saddle

Monday, November 19th, 2012

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. (more…)

Interbike 2012 Photos Day 1

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Each year, we cover Interbike, looking for unique products that will add to the cycling experience. This year is no exception. We’ve found unique updates to standard tools from Park Tools, performance saddles at great prices points from Planet Bike as well as new rubber from Schwalbe Tires.We’ll also be posting videos from some of our most popular brands highlighting a few key products coming for the 2013 season. (more…)

Brooks B17 Leather Saddle

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Brooks B17 Standard with Black Rails A great deal of reviews have been posted all over the Internet for these saddles. Handmade in England, Brooks has been in the saddle business since 1866., almost as long as the bicycle as been around. One thing that speaks volumes about this saddle is how it’s presented on their site. They have a column for unsolicited testimonials and a column for unfiltered criticisms. If that type of presentation doesn’t sell it self I don’t know what will. The same holds largely true for our site as well. The reviews left by folks are always what sells.

The B17 is the flagship standard and has been on the market for over 100 years. It comes in options for the ladies as well as the men. There is also a “Special” version which features copper rivets as well as a Titanium version which makes use of ti rails and hand hammered copper rivets.

Like most of the Brooks saddles, and any find leather good, it takes a while to break these in and find the long perfect shape. Being leather, that’s exactly what it does, it conforms to you as it breaks in! Some folks feel that it breaks in after just a few rides, where many find that a longer break in period is needed.

The B17  Standard Men’s saddle has measurements of 275mm length, 175mm width, 65mm height and weighs in at 520g. It’s ideal for long distance sport touring with many using it for trekking and mountain biking as well.

Unless you’re vegan like several of our staff members, more than likely you’ll enjoy the ride of this saddle. If the above usage doesn’t quite cover your intended use, worry not. They have a wide range of saddles that should fit just about every cycling need. Check it out here.

Ergon – Interbike 2011

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

We were welcomed to the Ergon booth by Albert with a high-five and he began to show us around. Ergon has always been known to bring comfort to us riders in great looking form and this year they continue their legacy. The newest addition to the Ergon line is the SM3 Saddle, co-designed with Selle Italia, it is sure to be the ultimate in comfort without sacrificing looks and weight. Their grips continue to be one of our top sellers, however all they underwent was slight name change to simplify the line. No need to change perfection.