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Bike seat? or Saddle?

Posted by on Friday, February 12, 2016 in Cycling Central, Versus | 0 comments

Bike seat? or Saddle?

 

Which is it? – a bike seat or saddle?

Not intending to confuse customers,  but a retail marketing display of inventory loaded with good looking, sleek, cool, comfortable, sturdy, light… see where I’m going with this?… does not help me to know what to call that one component I’m allowed to “sit” upon when bike riding. 

I call it a saddle to be mostly right.  For me, the term saddle suggests a ride with unexpected twists and turns, holding on with feet and hands, moving fast, ready for adventure or a fun-venture. “Saddle” seems to be most commonly used in bike shops.

I think of seat as a piece of furniture that doesn’t need to move with me.  “Seat” implies that I can settle in, my weight is distributed for comfort, and I don’t need to contend with anything else, least of all; balance. According to Sheldon Brown’s Bicycle Technical Info, a prolific reference site, when referring to recumbent style bikes, the term seat may be used because the way the rider sits is different than on a standard bike because of the total body weight distribution. Never the less, recumbent cyclists are not to be categorically described as laid back. I have yet to meet one who is not riding for fun, adventure, and fitness.

So which is the term to use? Among most cycling enthusiasts and bike shop employees, the most commonly used term is…

Saddle  (I’d “ride” with this term)

What is it about my bike saddle?

Posted by on Monday, February 8, 2016 in Cycling Central, Moab 60 Day Countdown | 0 comments

What is it about my bike saddle?

Why is it so challenging to find one that “works”?  How do I know if my bike saddle is the perfect one for me? It SIMPLY MUST FIT.  Shopping for a bike saddle compares with trying to find the perfect pair of shoes…It’s personal. Browsing with no real intent is interesting but when I must have the perfect fit solution, I think ahead. Keeping in mind my purpose I jot down a few questions and research as appropriate.

Before I shop for a bike saddle I consider 3 questions:

  1. What does it mean to comfortably sit on my bike?
  2. What do I want from my bike saddle?
  3. What matters most?

I am surprised to be talking about finding a perfect bike saddle at this point. However, my generous friend who lives near my multi-day road bike event in Moab volunteered to transport my bike along with hers, weeks in advance of check-in time.  My oldest daughter, who has a similar enough bike fit as me, is loaning her Bianchi Dama so that I can have more “time in the saddle” before the Moab Skinny Tire Festival. I am grateful for both but after several miles riding the Bianchi, I realize that I miss my own bike saddle and have decided to look at my options for a saddle replacement.  (more…)

Roll-in ready & on time for road bike events

Posted by on Monday, January 25, 2016 in Bike Festivals, Cycling Central, Moab 60 Day Countdown | 0 comments

Roll-in ready & on time for road bike events

What is the best approach to use in order to be “ready and on time?”

It’s truly personal. Simply be sure you DO have an approach, call it tactics, and make it your own.

I begin with “pre-panic”.  That’s right, I pre-panic or intensely prepare and therefore seldom see the need to get panicky when the unexpected inevitably happens. It’s one “exercise” that leads me to feel incredibly “flexible.”  Keeping it simple to prioritize, I consider only my bike, Dartha, and me.  Rolling in on time is obviously important and being ready to do just that for any event whether it’s a multi-day road biking event or something else, requires a timetable of to-do’s. Here are a few basic steps that work for me.

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Go for a bike festival – Riders or not, here they come.

Posted by on Monday, January 18, 2016 in Bike Festivals, Cycling Central, Moab 60 Day Countdown | 2 comments

Go for a bike festival – Riders or not, here they come.

I wonder what an agenda would look like for friends or family members who want to come for this 4-day road bike festival even though they’re not registered participants; non-riders?

Road tripping to the bike festival in Moab was originally our youngest daughter’s idea. Not only can we share the driving but we can plan to spend more fun time together after my rides. I am so excited for this trip. However, thinking ahead as I’m making more logistical arrangements, I’m wondering, “What will she do while I’m out on my ride? Is she interested in doing something active, watching pedaling participants ride by from strategic vantage points or socializing and taking in the festival atmosphere?” (more…)

Multi-day road biking tips – Ready in 60 days

Posted by on Monday, January 11, 2016 in Bike Festivals, Cycling Central, Moab 60 Day Countdown | 6 comments

Multi-day road biking tips – Ready in 60 days

Registering for my first multi-day road biking event is easy but I now realize the countdown for CHECK-IN is 60 days!

Follow my blog over 60 days. I’ll highlight tasks, aha moments, resources and multi-day road biking tips.  For a few years now, I anxiously await my friend’s posts with snapshots from her days of road biking at this annual festival in Moab, Utah.  Still smiling, with some of the most spectacular terrain as a backdrop everyone photographed appears satisfied and has that look that says, “Oh ya – I am doing this again!”  (more…)

Cycling club riding – Is there value for you?

Posted by on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Cycling Central | Comments Off on Cycling club riding – Is there value for you?

Cycling club riding – Is there value for you?

Cycling club riding is not worth the effort?

You don’t have time.  You’re in training.  You don’t feel well.  You don’t want to push it – you need to be someplace after the ride. You don’t want to pay to ride. You don’t know anyone. You cannot imagine how all those riders safely ride together. You aren’t sure you’re fit to ride or too fit to ride. (more…)

You know you’re a cyclist when you ride for SomethingElse

Posted by on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Cycling Central | 0 comments

You know you’re a cyclist when you ride for SomethingElse

Did your former social life simply fall into place? Was it easier or less complicated to get on your bike and ride? Do you like to ride solo but more often with others?

I enjoy a loyal friendship with someone who so happens to ride a beautiful carbon bike (light, stiff, and fast). We ride occasionally now but for several years we rode about 60-90 miles per week. Since we were only a group of “two”, it was effortless to meet up and ride. (more…)