The Surly got a new (to me) Brooks saddle for Christmas. It’s the standard B-17, antique color, with hammered copper rivets, and chrome rails. It also has the matching Challenge tool bag. Ultimately I think the tool bag will prove to be more decorative than useful.

With only about 2100 miles on the bike, this is already my third saddle. I started with a Selle Anatomica X that I really liked…until one of the rails broke. The company was exceptionally difficult to deal with about getting a replacement but eventually my LBS did the right thing and refunded the purchase price. On the basis of that customer service experience, I definitely don’t recommend Selle Anatomica.

The replacement was the stock saddle that came with the bike. Not awful, but certainly not something I wanted to ride on longer than I had to. Research, talking to friends, and surfing craigslist finally brought me to this beauty. Let’s see how she holds up.

The Circle Orange Is the New Black Rocket Boys Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line The Rosie Project The Paper Magician The 100-Year Decision: Texas A&M and the SEC Thirteen Reasons Why Gone Girl Cash Out Dust David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Grave Secrets Insurgent Dark Places Devil Bones Lexicon Bike. Camp. Cook. The Forgotten Brewery Operations Manual The Gods of Guilt The Bike Touring Survival Guide Sycamore Row Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution Identical

How I rated them:

  • 2 - 5 stars
  • 10 - 4 stars
  • 10 - 3 stars
  • 2 - 2 stars

Since I consider a score of three to be average, I’d expect the highest count here. The scant number of ones and twos reflects my impatience to finish a ‘bad’ book. A little heavier on the fours than I’d have expected though I suspect this to be a reflection of selection bias - choosing topics / authors / books for which I already have a favorable impression.

  • 122 Rides
  • 2288 Miles
  • 175 Hours

A respectable year on the bike. With only one long ride, the Oregon 360 attempt, the rest was made up primarily of recreational weekend rides and local weekday commutes.

Aiming to match that again this year.

Perhaps I’m a bit late to the party, starting a self-hosted blog in 2015. I’ve been meaning to for quite some time and I’ve finally gotten around to it in an attempt to remove excuses not to write. Let’s see how well that goes.