Before I left for DALMAC, I raised the nose of my saddle a little bit. I felt like I was sliding up to the horn just a bit. I know, small moves, so a half-turn loose on the front bolt and a half-turn tight on the back… I tried it, it felt good, so I rode. 103 miles on day one. 102 miles on day two. 101 on day three… and 70 on day four.
We came home, 34 easy miles on Monday – and that’s when I discovered I crushed my… ummm, yeah. Apparently I nosed that saddle up just a bit too much. Dammit.
So I lowered the nose a bit the other day and let’s just say, es muy bueno. So now I can get back to that burning desire to ride and leave the burning sensation in the mirror. If I actually used a mirror. Which I don’t.
A few points:
- A half-turn on each bolt works out to a full turn… That’s not a small move.
- Even though that was a fairly big move, it actually felt pretty good. Right up until it didn’t.
- When I corrected the correction, I had to be careful not to go too far. Going by feel wasn’t exactly an option. Things are, umm, a little swollen.
I wouldn’t have done anything different, either. Many can say I shouldn’t have made the change before I left for a big tour, some will say I went too far (and they’d be right)…. That doesn’t take everything in context though.
What is important is that I’m not afraid to make changes when they’re needed. I know how to read what I’m feeling on the bike and do something about it. I’m also not afraid to make a mistake (nor am I above it).
Bikes are funny things, especially when changes are made to them that affect the set-up (like changing the saddle angle). If I’m not willing to make mistakes and to make changes, “well let’s just keep it where it is”, I could miss out on “better”. I’m not willing to be that kind of person. Better to make a mistake and learn from it than never make a change in the first place.
Besides, a few days after the mess and I’m already feeling normal again. No harm, no foul.