CLC 2018 – Going Around in a Circle 5

Testing the new saddle, and it’s …
Thursday March 15, 2018

Is it warm enough today? Has my cough let up enough? Can I do a test ride? Yes, I can. Janos and I waited for the pale spring sun to come out from behind the clouds. We set out around noon. That way I could not only test my new saddle but also indulge in a little lunch along the way.

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I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. I have three kids and eight grandchildren - so I'm pretty old. Cycling, photography and walking are my favorite things.

8 response to "CLC 2018 – Going Around in a Circle 5"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: March 16, 2018

    Great to see you getting out for rides – the trees look bare, but it looks early spring-like instead of mid-winter-like in your photos. It won’t be long now before your cough is gone and the buds are bursting forth! Em

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: March 16, 2018

    Hi Em,
    Yes, it does feel good to be back in the saddle. And the saddle feels good, too. Any results yet from your many medical examinations? Suzanne

  3. By: Alchemyrider Posted: March 17, 2018

    There was a Vapiano in Den Haag while I was living there. As you note Suzanne, it is probably part of an international chain. However, Vapiano is certainly a step up from Pizza Hut!

  4. By: Alchemyrider Posted: March 17, 2018

    As for saddles, the ergonomics certainly make a lot of sense. I can’t tell for sure from you photograph of your bike against the Yo Ugly graffiti i I don’t know if the ground was level there – but your saddle looked ever so slightly nose up. You could try lowering the nose of your saddle just a bit. That will take even more pressure off your sensitive bits.

    Just be sure not to lower the nose more than 3°. Measured when your bike is on level ground..

    Any more than 3° downward, and you will start sliding forward, which will cause problems with your arms and hands.

    Good luck.

  5. By: Alchemyrider Posted: March 17, 2018

    You can measure saddle tilt using something like a thin chopping board, hardcover book etc. and the level app on an iPhone. I don’t know for sure, but expect Android smartphones have a similar app.

    Make sure your bike is on a level surface, and is upright as possible. Put the board / book/ on the saddle, and use the level app to check saddle tilt.

    Remember, you don’t want a saddle tilt forward greater than -3°.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 17, 2018

      Thanks for the input! I have the saddle just at the point where I don’t slide forward. Another thing I will try out is moving the saddle a wee bit forward which might influence the tilt of my pelvis. It’s all quite a science – requiring a lot of trial and error. All in all, though, the saddle is already a giant improvement.

  6. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: March 17, 2018

    And you are away! Number #1 done, dusted and photographed and the cough consigned to the bin. Although this is more like #5 including your previous entries – I hope you are keeping score.

    Keep us informed re the saddle and adjustment; it took me a few weeks fiddling with the Brooks to get it right but with Alchemy’s help you should cut the time down. I look forward to seeing more of Munich.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 17, 2018

      Hi Tony,
      I’ve already lost track – don’t know what I want to call an official ride. Doesn’t make much difference, does it. I’m having just as much fun taking the pictures and posting as riding.

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