I think I’m going to have a weekly Bonktown Strikes Again post where I reveal how easily I’m seduced by apparent good deals as they flash by my status bar. Last week, after getting my lighter-than-any-of-my-ponies Ira Ryan road bike, I realized it needed some water cages. Everytime I’ve ever looked at carbon fiber cages I just laugh at how much they are, but in an amazing display of divine intervention, these rolled across the Bonktown Express right as I was sure they’d be a decent option. No review yet, they just showed up, so I snapped the picture. Gotta put them on the Ira tonight.
I’m sorry for the title, I’ve lost all creative productivity these days. On Saturday I swapped out the saddle on my cross bike, and installed a new Selle San Marco Caymano Arrowhead. I didn’t selet this particular saddle for any specific reason other than it came across BonkTown, I needed one, and it was a decent deal. When I bought the used Lemond for a cross training bike, the owner asked to keep the saddle, and I stole one from my 925 in the short term, but it wasn’t ideal, and I knew I’d have to pick one up. I’d heard something less substantial would be good for cross since I’d be getting off and on a bunch, so this seemed to fit the bill. Several months left before the season, so I can try something else if I don’t like this one. So far so good after a couple runs with it…but it did make me think about my saddle history thus far in my short cycling life…
It’s in the back, and on it’s way home (after work anyway) so hopefully my next report isn’t from a hospital bed. Previously thought about in this post.
I like to fancy myself a fairly simple guy. Sure I appreciate a well built bike, and can even justify the expense of something beyond an off the shelf model, but in most areas I think I like to keep things simple. I typically have just a couple pairs of jeans and a few shirts that I cycle through for my normal day to day attire. I like driving old trucks, and had some of my most fun driving an ugly beat up VW Rabbit long past it’s usefulness as a contributing member of the vehicular society. Sometimes simple is just good.
Now, that being said, I don’t normally get excited about socks. They are just the sweat barrier between my flat feet and whatever shoes I’m wearing. However, the exception to that rule is when I wear my favorite socks — WrightSock Running socks. I bought these on a whim before a ride last summer from the local run shop. I actually popped in to pick up some Tifosi glasses, and saw some black running socks that seemed like they might be decent for riding with. WrightSock likes to say:
This Anti-Blister Double Layer sock has an exceptional 2 layer system that pulls moisture away from your skin and brings it to the top layer where a quick evaporation process works it’s magic , thus keeping your feet cool and dry. With an outer layer of mid weight Dri-Wright polyester for ultimate moisture control and an inner layer of that same amazing material, combined you have a complete moisture wicking friction free “machine”.
All I can say is that my feet love these socks. No matter how I say it, it’s gonna sound weird, but some days when I’m not riding, but want to treat my feet to a little something special…I toss these babies on. Is that wacky? Maybe, maybe not, but these socks are one of the simplest joys in my life. Do you have a favorite brand/type of sock, or other simple pleasure item for cycling?
The folks at Showers Pass say the Elite 2.0 jacket is “the ultimate rain jacket that ALSO works well in cool dry weather.” After using this jacket for the past couple months, I can say I wholeheartedly agree. And don’t just take it from me, the Elite 2.0 is the only cycling specific jacket recently honored in OUTSIDE Magazine’s “Gear of the Year Awards” Annual Buyers Guide.
Living in the Pacific Northwest make’s owning a cycling rain jacket a necessity. Even when it’s not raining, having a lightweight, breathable jacket for when it’s slightly cooler is an important piece of gear. We’ve had a great end of the summer run on nice weather, but the rain and cold weather is upon is, and this jacket is becoming part of my everyday riding gear.