Ready to Roll

5 May

Condor and I are ready for the Katy Trail.


I have had a helluva time to say the least getting my fit on the bike dialed in just right.  Condor fits me, in that I bought the right size frame, but there are several different positions you have to get just right or you will suffer.  Only so much suffering is allowed in bike riding, unless you get paid to ride.

Long story, but won’t bore you with details that wouldn’t make any sense anyway.  Saddle change was the crux of the problem,  but after numerous adjustments I think we are good (she said hopefully with fingers crossed).

I changed out the stock saddle to a legendary Brooks Saddle.  The B17S to be exact.  Condor is just the type of bike that a Brooks was made for.  Plus, after learning about *Anne Mustoe and reading her books about her legendary bike tours and the comfort of a Brooks, I had to have one.

Looks like a classic doesn’t it.  I think it’s beautiful.

You know what though, the truth is that it feels like I am sitting on a board.  A seriously hard board.

The idea with a Brooks is you have to break them in… guess what you break them in with?  You guessed it, your butt.  Actually my butt.  I’ve been told by various Brooks owners, (a club for people that can endure pain I’m thinking) that it takes anywhere from 100 to 1000 miles to “break them in”.  I think they mean, break me in.  Sigh.

But, being the woman I am, and liking the looks and functionality of a Brooks, I’m sticking with it.  At least for now.

I am so committed to my Brooks, (you’re probably thinking I need to be committed) I will be sitting atop her while I ride Condor all across Missouri (could be come to known as Misery) along the Katy Trail.

I did my final tweaking (until I need to tweak again) of the Brooks today.  We are good to go.

Wish me luck.

*Anne Mustoe’s bike was named Condor, in honor of her I named my touring bike Condor.

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3 Responses to “Ready to Roll”

  1. Tri Girl May 5, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    Yippee!!!! I’m so excited for your trip. I hope you have the most fabulous time! Condor is just gorgeous- and that Brooks on there is PERFECT!
    I’m with you- my Brooks just feels like a very hard 2×4. I’m just crossing fingers and hoping that it’ll break in and my butt will be in harmonious joy with it forevermore.
    I’ll be checking your pictures along the way. Have fun!!!

  2. motheronamission May 6, 2010 at 2:30 am #

    Happy trails Sis! Can’t wait to hear all about it and see your pictures. Geaux Susan, Condor and Brooks!!

  3. Susan May 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks Tri!!

    Thanks Rhonda, see you got an account so you can post! 🙂

    I’m not taking my netbook so most likely will not be updating blog, but will post pics on FB and the picasa site.

    Thanks to both of you for following our trip!

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