I’ve managed to get out for a few rides between Christmas and New Year. The temperature’s been milder than usual but the wind and rain have been incessant and the constant downpours and flooded roads have limited the distance and duration of my rides. However it’s still been enjoyable to take a few shorter, local rides and weave my way across the top of the Mendips discovering further quiet, country lanes.
But despite the weather it’s been good to get out and burn off some of the Christmas cake and ale that I’ve been regularly consuming.
I’ve also been enjoying a Christmas gift from my wife – a leather saddle for my bike. Today it had it’s first outing and compared to previous plastic saddles it was comfortable, but was a bit slippery and felt slightly like I was sitting on a polished cricket ball.
I’m assured that it will wear in over time and that the sliding-bum effect will be temporary until it has moulded itself to the form of my backside. Hopefully I wont have any trouble removing myself from it. The booklet that came with the saddle also warned against wearing “lightly-coloured slacks”, I imagine because much like the red stains on a bowler’s thigh, the initial bum-polishing process could have unfortunate brown-stainage results on the seat of your ‘slacks’.
The saddle did however feel comfortable and is an attractive adornment to my ugly bike. Now that I have the leather saddle to join my mudguards, rack and panniers, the inevitable hand-made, steel touring bike purchase appears to be drawing ever nearer …