The pressure is real.
The pressure is real.
I’m not the pickiest when it comes to saddles, but after trying the Selle Anatomica X series I’m pretty sure it will be hard to switch to anything else.
My first road bike was a steel touring bike that came with a thin, flat Selle Royal saddle. I had no problems until I started doing longer rides, and past around the 40 mile mark I started to notice my legs going numb. Not so great.
I graduated to a San Marco Concordia, which had sloped sides that didn’t cut off my circulation and was generally comfortable, so I figured that would do just fine. And it did for awhile.
And then my friend had me sit on a Selle Anatomica, and I realized everything my butt was missing. It’s pretty much like an armchair got installed onto your seatpost, but with the shape and performance of a road saddle, plus flexibility and movement that eases discomfort that usually sets in with saddles on longer mileage rides. It can be tightened as you wear it in by a bolt on the front, and it has rear attachments for the vintage style saddle bags (which I have my eye on for my birthday, hint hint family). I’ve got one on my road bike and one on my commuter, and it’s comfortable with or without a chamois. I also love that they’re made in USA out of excellent quality materials.
Cons: it weighs about 1 lb, and if they make a version that can get my new road bike under 20 lbs, I may just go for it. You also do need to make sure you put on saddle sauce/ take care to weatherproof it as needed to protect it from exposure to the elements. That said, I’ve put my commuter saddle through hell and back already and it’s doing fine so far 🙂
[Not a sponsored post. Just a very happy butt.]
Love this post from Arleigh (“the artist formerly known as Bike Shop Girl”), she hits the nail on the head when it comes to those perfectionist, “someday” thoughts:
“You don’t need the moons to be aligned to start that new habit. You don’t have to be in “good enough” shape to start that exercise class. You don’t have to buy the perfect bike to start riding. You don’t need to have your masters degree to be an authority in your space. You don’t need to worry about all of the many reasons you can’t do something. You can be more.”
It reminds me of looking at a hill from a distance, thinking good lord I’ll never make it up, but you focus on the ground right in front of you, and next thing you know you’re halfway through it.
Now I just have to keep this in mind for travel planning, because currently I’m stalled out trying to make everything happen. One pedal at a time..
I achieve this on about 1% of my rides.
In this episode of “meh I can get that home”, I decide to stock up on TP on a grocery run with one pannier. Luckily I keep a small backup lock in my work bag, and my rear light has a clip on the back for easy repositioning.
I AM SO IMPRESSED BY YOU RIGHT NOW.
This one in the West End of Greenville is quite possibly my favorite so far. Genius!
Edit to add: bikes. The bike rack is made of bikes.