Once the tires were mounted it seemed fitting to me that I needed a matching saddle, and I had a dead Michelin Wildgripper that was screaming out to be repurposed.
I cut one up and glued it onto a spare carbon weener saddle that had been doing nothing. I thought it looked alright. The carbon base was very very stiff tho….
|Michelin Wildgripper Homage version 1. Carbon base.|
A couple of days later I decided I better do my first single-speed ride since the nationals in 2013 and I went out for a 3 hour ride with Mossieur Veganburger. I didn’t use the Green saddle, but used a yellow Tioga Spyder knock-off. It was very very comfy. What if I could combine the comfort of the Spyder with the looks of the Wildgripper Homage?
There is a lot less surface area in one of these saddles, so I would have to sew the pieces together first, with mint flavoured dental-floss, then glue it on.
It worked better than I thought. I’m not going to put Busymanbicycles out of a job anytime soon, but it was a lot of fun.
|Michelin Wildgripper Homage version 2. Plastic base.|
Fingers crossed it hangs together for the nationals in Te Mata peak this weekend !