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Most of my riding is in the Santa Monica mountains above Malibu where lately we've had some tragic accidents between cyclists and cars. In an effort to be more visible on the road I bought my new POC Octal helmet the first day I saw CC had one in stock. I've been wearing it the last few weekends and numerous members of my cycling club have made positive comments about its styling and the impressive visibility of its orange color. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw them in increasing numbers in our paceline in the coming weeks.
I find the helmet to be lightweight, very comfortable on my long oval head, and with excellent ventilation. I'm a very happy owner and have no plans to test its crashworthiness.
It didn't take too many miles on my new BMC road bike to realize that the Fi'zi:k Arione saddle that came on it wasn't making my 50-year old butt too happy. When I asked Nate at Competitive (Extension 4364) for some suggestions for a replacement Nate emphatically recommended that I switch out to an Antares model. After completing the order and giving Nate my credit card info I began to question my blind reliance on Nate's recommendation. Hell, Nate had never even laid eyes on me and, anyway, what I obviously needed was a padded, gel-filled, dropped-front, cut-out saddle, not this thing that was just has hard and only marginally larger than the Arione that I'd found to be so uncomfortable. Well, I've now done several 50+ mile rides on my new Arione saddle and can now say with authority that Nate had, somehow, picked the perfect new saddle for me.