I’m feeling pretty good about the new saddle. Probably three hundred miles on it or so now, including a couple of long rides.
Clearly, the butt is building new tough spots to correspond to this new saddle, and that’s never fun. But comfort-wise and pressure-wise, I think that this saddle is doing very well.
I like it.
The first long ride I used shorts with a really great insert, and used chamois cream to be safe. All was good. This weekend I did a long ride using shorts with a minimal chamois that had been conditioned a week ago. Clear difference, and the sore spots are clearly more evident with the more minimalist chamois, but I’m confident that this will pass as the spots toughen up. This morning I rode to work 25 miles on a cold morning with no conditioner on the minimal chamois, and surely felt the spots from yesterday, but again, these spots are going to toughen up.
My opinion of the saddle is getting better.
UPDATE: October/2010: After riding the saddle all summer, including 700 miles across Colorado and Kansas in July, I have a mixed opinion. For rides around town, I really do like the saddle. I’ve become accustomed to it, and it seems that I “fit” it well. However, I just don’t think this saddle is well-suited to long-distance riding. I think the saddle-sores I developed on the 700 mile trip were partially due to the saddle. I’d recommend this saddle to an around-town rider, but not to a long-distance rider.
Looped around Denver yesterday.
Once again, made me realize how lucky I am to live in a community that provides the sort of bike access that Denver does. Even though we got a couple of feet of snow last week in a couple different storms, the bike path was pretty busy. Amazing how well used that recreation infrastructure is.
Since the wind was supposed to turn around to the north, I didn’t want to take the ride down toward the Springs and have to fight a north wind coming home. But as it turned out, it didn’t turn until very late, so I could have done that ride. I had wanted to shy away from the bike path, because I expected there to be snow and ice at the edge of a lot of the underpasses like last week. But it was a bonus that there were very few spots with snow and ice.
Lunch at Confluence Park was just incredible really. Sunny and warm, lots of people watching, it was all I could do to get back on the bike and ride the last 40 miles home.
I’ve now done 2 rides on the new 7900 stuff. I have to say that the gearing with the compact and the 11-28 seems about ideal for me. I won’t know until I start climbing about the climbing gears, but I’ve got to believe that I’ll be able to hold that 28 tooth bailout gear in my pocket for that little extra sense of security on the long and steep ones – probably rarely use it but enjoy it just for the sense of security that it gives me. Funny how that works – when you’ve got that bailout gear in the back of your mind, it seems to help you exert even more and keep the effort and pace up even higher – knowing that if you really blew up, you could drop down into that tiny little thing and recover.