A couple days out of the office and work sure does pile up. I am in catch up mode right now; so normal posting will resume next week. If you sent me an email in the past week or so, I’ll get back to you eventually. Anyway, the beach was great and crowds were nonexistent. High temps were in the mid 80s and the water was perfect. I love visiting the gulf coast this time of year.
As you might be able to guess, I am always checking out bikes when I travel. I enjoy seeing the way that people set up their bikes and this is one that immediately caught my attention. A super wide gel-filled double sprung saddle is not what you would expect to see on a Cannondale Rush with a Lefty fork. I thought it was amusing to see this bike parked amongst a bunch of cruisers with similar “comfort” saddles. Talk about overkill; I get the impression that this full suspension bike functions as a glorified beach cruiser and never sees any riding off the bike path. Of course, I could be wrong. Either way, I can’t stand saddles like this. A firm seat keeps the rider from bouncing from side to side and is always more comfortable for rides over a mile. If anyone disagrees and wants to defend big cushy saddles, I’d love to hear an argument as to why they are better. I doubt that I will be swapping my Flite or Era saddles anytime soon, but I am willing to hear you out.
This is completely unrelated, but check out this ten-minute video of manufacturing in a Japanese bike factory if you haven’t already seen it. I watched it on Cyclelicious after Fritz spotted it on Spinopsys.