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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My saddle is turning into a bannana....

Well I need to vent. About 250 miles ago I put this new Cardiff saddle on a new Rene Herse bicycle, and I loved it! I have a problem where most Brooks saddles just don't work for me, as I always feel like I'm sliding forward regardless of what I do. The Cardiff saddle, which is from Taiwan and distributed by Merry Sales fit my bottom fantastically.
But as you can see, it has a serious case of the sags! It used to be fairly straight accross, now it has a big bow. I've tensioned the bolt, but it seems to want just more and more. And the leather itself seems to be flattening.
Now I know that recent Brooks have not been what they could be either. The only saddle we haven't heard any negative comments on is the Berthoud. But the Cardiff was so inexpensive and was initially so comfortable, that I was hopeful.
Needless to say, we won't be bringing this saddle into regular inventory here at Rene Herse Bicycles.
I wonder if the non-swallow shape version of saddles from this maker are better? Perhaps they are. I miss the Brooks saddles of the 1950's and 1960's.
Mike K in Boulder CO

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Boulder Bicycle Update

Well things are moving along here well - we have a couple of Boulder Bicycle's on the build stand. One 700c and one 650b. We've been playing with lighting wire plumbing. Here you see a wire entering the rear fender. We've been using grommets with O-rings to keep them in place where wires pass through fenders. The idea is to keep sharp edges from damaging wires. You also will see a shrink-wrap area of the wire. We like to have lots of disconects so that racks and fenders can come off the bike without having to cut wires.

We have tweaked the Boulder Bicycle prices some. Due to changing exchange rates, and a more careful analysis of bicycle build times, we realized we had to raise prices some. Something new, though, is we are now offering Boulder Bicycles as unassembled build kits for those who like to do the assemble themselves. Our website now has updated Boulder Bicycle Pricing.

Mike K in Boulder CO