Take, for example, this specimen spotted on Monday. It is a Selle An-Atomica. The cut-out section is supposed to relieve perneal pressure, which is supposed to be “better”. Some people really like these saddles. (I don’t.) Like them or not, the cut-out means a less rigid saddle, meaning more opportunity for the leather to stretch and sag. Which is what has happened here.
More a hammock than saddle, now.
Or this interesting Raleigh Sprite. I’ve spotted this bike several times in front of one of my favorite coffee shops,** so it is regularly being ridden. And the frame itself is in decent shape. But the devil is in the details. Like the front bottle dynamo positioned in an interesting angle. The grip-less handlebars. The rear blinkie pointed skyward. And the saddle.
Yep it’s a Brooks, possibly a B72. Unfortunately I didn’t get a close enough shot of the saddle to know for sure, as I always feel a bit funny taking photos like this. Anyways, not only is the nose pointed upward at a painful angle, the saddle leather is literally disintegrating.
I would love to see the owner of this bike on the bike itself, just to get an idea of how they ride it.
*Meaning: maintenance at all.
**Coffee Division, 3551 SE Division St. You’re welcome, Chris.