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Last night, right as I got home, I started noticing a new noise on my bike. Apparently I broke a saddle rail. I'm not particularly surprised by this. I keep trying to pick up the Jolly Roger by the seat when the load is too heavy, so this probably stressed out the rails.

I was going to try and just ride on the broken saddle this morning, but after hopping on for a few seconds I thought better of it. The only spare saddles at the moment are the ancient leather cruiser saddle that came off Old Faithful (Schwinn) and the one that came with Froinlavin. The problem with the one that came with Froinlavin is that it isn't quite as tall as the Selle Royal Respiro, and with the stuck seatpost it's therefore not quite high enough.

But good enough for getting over to the boathouse, I suppose.

When I arrived, I had another moment of confusion: the red Hudson was missing. My brain had a hard time dealing with that sudden change, especially because I had just finally gotten the Stroke Coach from dichroic up and going and was looking forward to actually knowing my stroke rate.

Ah well. I did observe that it was WAY easier to steer the blue Hudson, which supports my sense that something is off with the red Hudson. Apparently the red Hudson is off for a half-dozen small repair projects, so perhaps whoever is repairing it will sort things out. I hope.

The downside with the blue Hudson was those awful peanut butter tracks (okay, I've used worse) and feet that are too low in the boat. My back isn't happy about that.

And now I am tired, plus sore from weights yesterday.


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Apr. 13th, 2016 02:16 am (UTC)
Zowie, broken seat rail! I think that's about the only thing I haven't broken. Cool!
Apr. 13th, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC)
I recommend riding around with a heavy backpack on more often.

Looking at the thing in daylight, there are a lot of signs of wear where the rails were clamped to the seatpost, probably in association with parking the bike outside all day, every day, in all kinds of weather (siiiiigh...mostly from Texas)
Apr. 17th, 2016 05:19 pm (UTC)
Uggh I try to avoid backpacks as much as possible. I'll clamp a rack on and get out my old panniers before I'll throw on a backpack. I know, inconvenient when you need to take the stuff IN the pack inside of where you've ridden the bike, but even so.
Apr. 13th, 2016 06:34 am (UTC)
I'm still wondering if a good machine shop couldn't bore out the seatpost, leaving the down tube. They operate on 1/1000ths of an inch resolution (plus or minus a few) so lined up correctly, it seems like they could take that right out. It's a theory I'd like to test eventually in some form.
Apr. 13th, 2016 05:00 pm (UTC)
Prior to that kind of theory, I should really remove the bottom bracket and pour some ammonia down in there, or try several other of these recommendations.

The hard part is that I just can't bear to be without my beloved JR for very long!
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