Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ritchey Foam Grips

'Nother little part came in at the bike shop.  Picked up my Ritchey foam grips this morning.  Mostly I was excited to get these since I needed to cut my old grips off to be able to cut my handle bars narrower.  The bars were a very wide 29.5" which while fun in the fast stuff were very cumbersome in the twisties.
I cut an inch off each side so now she sits at 27.5" which if I remember correctly is what I normally run.  The Ritchey grips are so much nicer.  The Lizard Skins were extremely hard on the hands.  Put them on the scale and was pretty obvious why, they are 1/2 the weight of the Ritcheys!  I was really surprised about this but oh well, I will have to save weight elsewhere.

The weight of the Lizard Skins grips plus the inch of bar I cut off (which had aluminum inserts in the ends) were still lighter than the Ritchey grips :'-(

Daang you heavy

Looking clean.

Next on the chopping block, these boat anchors.  Can't wait to get these off the bike!

Bought this horrible cage to hold me over until I can find something nice ;-)

So I'll just keep plugging away on this beast.  I think she still has about 4lbs to lose.  Gonna be a challenge.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ze Germans are coming!

Went and bought myself a little treat the other day.  It was somewhat forced *twist my arm* because the saddle on my new-ish mountain bike managed to expire.  No idea how really, wasn't too concerned about it as it was pretty uncomfortable.  Not to mention I need to put this new bike on a diet so was not upset at all to see the old saddle go.
Soooo what did I get?  Thought I would try out the new Tune Komm-vor saddle.  Chose this model for a few reason.  It's not the lightest of the light saddles but it does seem to be a little more durable maybe, and is rumoured to be quite comfortable.
Post man came today.  Saddle was well packaged and initial cosmetic impressions were very good.  You never really know what you're going to get with this handmade stuff but everything looks pretty straight and true with a fairly high grade finish.  No complaints here.

Chucked it on the scale.

Came out at a respectable 91 grams.  About half the weight of the Syncros saddle that came off the bike.

Broken rails

Initial sit-down was positive but I'll get back to ya'll when I get some mileage on it.  My main problem with the Syncros was that there was zero flex in the shell, it was as hard as a rock.  In comparison the Tune seems quite soft.  But time will tell.  Flying back to Ontario this weekend from BC for a friendly 5man team at the Summer Solstice 24 hour.  Should get some good time on it then.