For this week's edition of Cycling Fun Friday, let's consider equipment. It's always fun to dream about how we'll upgrade our bikes, taking time to evaluate just what will make us go faster, look better, or - best of all - both.
Well, it's getting about time for me to get a new saddle. My bike came with a Fizik Poggio, but when I wanted to trick out my bike to be a little more like the Team Saeco bikes I drooled over back in the day (c. 2005), I got a team edition Fizik Arione:
For a racing saddle, I found it to be very comfortable, gave me a lot of seating options fore and aft (its primary design feature), and served me well in races and centuries alike. So when I finally wore out that saddle, I tried to get another one in the same color scheme (to make the bike look jazzy, natch) but that scheme was a limited edition. I was finally able to find a New/Old stock one on eBay, but now THAT one's wearing out. And I can't find another one (though I keep trying - let me know if you see one).
So it looks like I'm in the market for a new saddle. But finding the right one is a tricky proposition - once you find one that works for you, you're loathe to change. The safest option would be for me to just get another Arione. But I can't find one in the silver/red combo I like and - more importantly - the Arione's technology is becoming a bit dated (Gilberto Simoni used the prototype in the 2003 Giro).
Of course, my preference is for silver/red - or at least silver. If I'm going to compromise on color, I'll probably just get another Arione.
But are there any recent technological advances in saddles I should consider?
Let me know in the comments - or shoot me an email.
In the meantime, I'll keep looking - though it occurs to me that this Selle Italia saddle would echo the skull & crossbones in my team kit (and it's silver):
Cuz y'all know it's not just about being good, but looking good.
Have a great weekend! And if you're racing, good luck and keep the rubber side down