13 May 2015

I Hate It So Much I'd Pay You To Take It. Buy It!

From the time I became a serious cyclist, I always heard other cyclists--and bike shop employees--say, "Saddles are a personal thing."  Then they would insist that whatever saddles they rode would be right for you.

A saddle indeed the most personal choice most cyclists make.  A rider's anatomical quirks as well as riding style (which can be just as quirky) are among the factors that go into choosing what one will sit on while riding.  For the lucky cyclist, the first saddle he or she tries will be the right one.  For the less fortunate, choosing a saddle will be a process of trial and error.

Given what I've mentioned, perhaps it's not surprising that cyclists are more passionate--and, sometimes, defensive--about their chosen saddle than about any other component they pick.  And riders are more vehement in expressing dislike about seats they don't like than about, say, shifters that don't work out for them.

Very few cyclists, though, have expressed their hatred of a saddle quite like this:

Well, I can tell you exactly how many miles I've put on this saddle:  1203 over 14 days.  I know this because having had several leather Brooks saddles previously and loving every one of them, I didn't give a second thought to throwing it on right before a tour.  I'm an idiot and I know better.  Well, 14 days was long enough to develop a truly vitriolic hatred for this saddle.  I loathe this saddle.  I have never loathed a saddle as much as this one.  And I've used some truly horrific saddles in my day.  None compare.

I would pay you to take this thing off my hands.

Anyhow, the Cambium C15 is the Swallow-style (ie, same dimensions) version of the non-leather Cambium series and while it was billed as black, it's more of a brown.  Perhaps it faded as a result of all of the scorn I've heaped upon it, perhaps it was the sun or maybe it was always that way.  This was part of the initial C15 run, not the more recent version.  It's otherwise in good shape.  Everything is rebuildable in any event.

It should go without saying, but it won't, no returns on this one.

See my other auctions, I'm selling a few others.

The above is an eBay listing.  I found it very funny that the lister, in trying to sell a saddle, says, "I would pay you to take this thing off my hands".

What's even funnier is that, as I write this, the saddle has fourteen bids and a price of $61.65, with thee days and four hours remaining in the auction. 

Hmm...Maybe the seller is operating on the Second Avenue Deli principle.  You know:  People love the chicken soup and other delicacies at SAD, but they'd be disappointed if the waiters weren't rude and sarcastic.  In fact, some people go there precisely because the servers are so inhospitable. 

So, perhaps, the next time I sell something on eBay, I should say how much I hated it and that I wouldn't wish it on an enemy.  Very interesting.



  1. Mt favourite Brooks saddle vanished along with the rest of the bike and the bike it was chained to... Years of moulding to perfect shape.

    I have its replacement as an objet d'art, a lump of solid leather which is as hard as mahogany and the same shape as when it was bought in the mid 70's!

    Best of all is one advertised as for third world countries, suspended from coil springs front and rear which irons out the potholed tracks we call roads. A new longer adjustment pin will see out my remaining years for rides where I want to sit up and enjoy the view.

    I have developed a fondness for gel...

  2. I have been looking at Cambium saddles on eBay, and read this same item description -lol! Occasionally I'll come across a well written, witty, story-like description on eBay, and can't help but comment to the seller my delight in their creativity.

  3. Coline--I recall that one top-level racer kept his saddle in his carry-on bag. That way, if his bike were stolen, he'd at least have his accustomed saddle on whatever bike he rode next.

    Chris--That listing was a delight to read, wasn't it? Aside from that seller's writing skills, the listing also shows his/her awareness of marketing: People, especially the young, like a story with whatever they buy or consume. That's a good part of what has made Whole Foods so popular.

  4. I enjoyed that post. I'd be tempted to bid on the saddle, but I don't think I'd want the C-15 -- But I would like to try the slightly wider C-17. I wonder if that was this person's problem. I like the regular B-17 a lot, but I've tried the narrower version and didn't like it nearly as much.

  5. Brooks--I feel the same way as you. I might like the C17 if its shape is anything like that of the B!7. But C15 seems more like the Swift, a saddle I tried for a time and didn't like.