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Broken Bike Blues August 23, 2008

Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Day Hiking, Mountain Biking.
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Bummer!  I went out to load my trusty Specialized FSR XC Pro and head out for a ride and felt an odd “looseness” when I grabbed the back of the seat.  I thought to myself, “Oh no, not my new BG2 Sport Saddle!”

Nope, not the seat.  The bottom bolt for my rear shock seemed to be loose.  I grabbed a hex wrench and tried to tighten it…..it just kept spinning around and around!

So I did load my bike up, but it wasn’t for a ride, it was to take it to the LBS so they could get me out on the trails again.  The shock bolt was actually sheared, so I left it with them thinking I would pick it up later.

Later is right!  When I went back to the shop, they had some bad news for me.  Not only are they having a hard time getting the broken bolt out, but it seems I also had trashed the bearings in the top pivot to the rear end (I don’t know the technical term for it in a Horst Link Suspension).

They said they had to order a new rear end re-build kit, and they would have my bike for about 2 weeks.

2 WEEKS!

What am I gonna do!?  I guess I will do a lot of day hikes in the next 14 days.  Well, I guess I can take some solace in knowing that there is hardly any better place to do that then right here in Prescott.

I miss my bike already!

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My Review of Specialized BG2 Sport Saddle June 20, 2008

Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Just Stuff.
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I have ridden a few times on my new Specialized BG2 Sport Saddle now, and I have to say I really like it!  It is very comfortable, and padded enough for my bony butt, but not so much so that I squish around on it.

The first day I rode with it, I kept sticking to it, because it was brand new and somewhat tacky especially compared to my 4 year old worn out smooth as glass OEM saddle.

I hope this one lasts me as long as the original did.  I have to say, I have been very pleased with every single Specialized product I have purchased over the years.

Back in the Saddle Again June 14, 2008

Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Just Stuff.
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My mtb seat has seen better days, not that it’s torn up, but the seat rails are so bent that I can’t adjust it to the angle I prefer.  So these last few months, instead of buying a new seat, I have been riding with it pointing upwards. What a dork.  Well, all that has changed.

Today on the way home from a ride, I stopped by my local bike shop Ironclad Bicycles and bought a new Specialized BG2 Sport Saddle. In size and shape, this was the closest one to my OEM seat, so I brought it home and put it on. I have only ridden around my driveway with it, so I can’t offer up any opinion yet, but it looks good!

Maybe I can sneak in a short ride on Father’s Day and then let you know.