Tips, tales and commentary from a daily, year-round bicycle commuter in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The King is dead! Long live the King!
Top photo: Brooks B-17 Special saddle. Installed March 1999, retired July 2013 (terminal tear in the metal nose). 36,500+ miles over 14 years of near-daily use.
Bottom photo: Brooks B-17 Special saddle, installed July 2013. (It's a good 3/4" shorter than the older saddle, which had stretched out over the years.) Check back in 2027 for a performance comparison.
(I may yet try to have the original repaired. The leather was still supple and strong.)
I like to ride my bike. Once I even rode it across the country (which you can read about at the website showing here). Lately I've been staying closer to home, and nowadays most of my riding consists of my daily commute to and from work. With more than twenty years and 60,000 miles of bike commuting under my belt, I may have a few interesting things to say, and I hope you agree.