A properly angled saddle helps a lot.
This is my third long ride in five days. As the focus was saddle adjustment, I'll be fairly terse this this post too.
More after the break…
I started at the usual time of around 05:00 and took a variant on my usual route to add miles: over to 15th/Elliott and down along Alaskan Way.
I did stop for a decaf coffee and restroom in Pioneer Square.
In the industrial area that is southern Seattle, I saw some stuff being done on railroad tracks that I thought had been abandoned.
Apparently some people do commute on the Green River Trail.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
A section of trail that had been closed before was now open, though the trail mainline had some non-construction maintenance being done on it.
Sometimes I wonder if people legitimately think that drop bars are meant to be primarily ridden from the (horizontal) tops. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
Kent and Auburn were still cleaning up after Independence Day
There's firework trash all over the place!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
Once I crossed the Green River, I started scouting for water and ended up taking a new road into Auburn.
I did find some water at a 7 Eleven adjacent to a closed Arco.
I rejoined the trail after that, using 37th St which I recognized as a crossing.
Apparently some people hotbox in porta-potties.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
I had to leave the trail at Main St instead of 15th St due to police activity.
The Interurban Trail is apparently closed south of Main St. Some sort of police thing.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
@takeshita_kenji Closed it this morning while I was riding to train station. Body found by trail.— Josh Putnam (@j_putnam) July 8, 2015
Auburn police found the body of a man with multiple stab wounds on the Interurban Trail http://t.co/GBUjsZ62Lw— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) July 8, 2015
I took the East Valley Highway to Sumner, then stopped briefly at Starbucks for a 1/3 regular 2/3 decaf iced coffee drink.
Heading back north, I took the west side of the valley far enough to get past the closure.
Stuck to the W Valley Highway for a lot longer than usual to get around the police mess.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
I only really stopped once I got to Kent.
Wow, that was a big fire in the Kent industrial sprawl!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
Rather than taking S 196th St like normal to get to Lake Washington Loop, I took a new route.
However, looking back, it probably would've made more sense to go down to SW 27th St rather than go through the park, as I was obviously on Boeing property after doing so.
I now have a new route from the Interurban Trail to Oakesdale thanks to RapidRide F.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
The weather was okay all the way up until Renton, then it became awful and humid.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
I took the Lake Washington Loop from Renton to the Burke-Gilman Trail.
The headwind would be fine if it were cool and refreshing. It is decidedly neither of those.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
However, rather than using the cool new bridge, I was forced to use the crosswalk just like before the construction. Weak sauce.
Apparently the Lake Washington Loop overpass isn't actually open. #seabikes— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 8, 2015
The saddle on my Double Cross is now about level with that on my other fitted bikes and my feet, knees, and rear feel much more comfortable.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 9, 2015
I saw an older lady riding an All-City cross bike on the BGT. That's notable because most shops don't keep All-City bikes on the floor.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 9, 2015
It was still rather light after I got home.
In the end, I didn't get the saddle perfect, but I did get the height right while riding around the next day.