Thursday, April 29, 2010

Selle Anatomica lives on

Crazy I know - I rode on my new Selle Anatomica LD 25 miles (tour of the valley) and decided it was good enough to take on my next ride: the 240 mile 24 hour no questions asked Warren Vermont to Mystic Connecticut Fleche.  And it worked!  Just like Tom Milton says " this saddle requires no break in."  I thought I had found my perfect Tour Divide saddle... but there was one little problem... a red welt on my right thigh where the saddle skirt rubs my leg.  A close inspection of the saddle revealed that the  right side of the saddle was not curved in as much as the left.  An email was sent to Tom Milton at Selle Anatomica.  A prickly back and forth resulted some saddle related some not.  I gave up. I sent the saddle home, dear John.   I know I'm a guy who didn't try to get along.  And he won't get a chance again. That's all she wrote: "Dear John; I've sent your saddle home." as the Hank Williams song goes.

Then I got a call today from the factory - Tom Milton died riding a double century this past weekend.  They will be carrying on  the business of making Tom Milton's Selle Anatomica designs.  They are fixing my saddle and sending it home to me....

Ride on Tom....

http://www.bicycleretailer.com/news/newsDetail/4003.html

                                Selle Anatomica (brown) vs Brooks B17 imperial (narrow -black)
The Selle An has an interesting leather lamination and longer cut out.  The Brooks has much deeper sides and a much more polished look.  Randy said the Selle looked like I had made it myself!

2 comments:

Marshal said...

I like mine and plan on using it for the TDR

wow, Tom was about my age.....


RIP Tom

Karl said...

Unfortunately, Selle Anatomica seems to have suspended shipping or at least the customer service aspect.

Three weeks after paying for my saddle I have seen no sign of it, no shipping notice and no response to calls or email over the course of the week just past.