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    Breaking spokes is for lightweights

    I've always been puzzled about the tendency for people on this sub-forum who are lighter than me to break spokes, especially as I'm quite keen on being off road and treat every speed bump as a bunny hop opportunity. Well today I broke a bike part and it wasn't a weedy spoke, I managed to snap my saddle.

    I came down a bit further than I meant to and the bike came up a bit higher than expected, crunch. Not as painful as you'd expect but not very comfy for riding home on. I was planning on getting a B17 for my birthday (probably still will) but now I need a saddle for two months.

    Any recomendations for a meantime saddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daintonj View Post
    I've always been puzzled about the tendency for people on this sub-forum who are lighter than me to break spokes, especially as I'm quite keen on being off road and treat every speed bump as a bunny hop opportunity. Well today I broke a bike part and it wasn't a weedy spoke, I managed to snap my saddle.

    I came down a bit further than I meant to and the bike came up a bit higher than expected, crunch. Not as painful as you'd expect but not very comfy for riding home on. I was planning on getting a B17 for my birthday (probably still will) but now I need a saddle for two months.

    Any recomendations for a meantime saddle?
    You need to ride your bike lighter. On a bunny hop (or any jump, for that matter), your pedals should be parallel, your legs flexed and your butt about a foot away from any saddle. When you land, take the impact by allowing your legs to flex and serve as giant shocks. Let your arms get in on the fun too.

    Although I break spokes occasionally, it's still a pretty rare event for me...and I don't like keeping my wheels on the ground Never broken a saddle, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    You need to ride your bike lighter. On a bunny hop (or any jump, for that matter), your pedals should be parallel, your legs flexed and your butt about a foot away from any saddle. When you land, take the impact by allowing your legs to flex and serve as giant shocks. Let your arms get in on the fun too.

    Although I break spokes occasionally, it's still a pretty rare event for me...and I don't like keeping my wheels on the ground Never broken a saddle, however.
    I'd be inclined to believe that most of the time I'm pretty light on it, apart from this occasion when a complete lack of co-ordination caused a crunch. As I need a saddle asap I've just ordered a Charge Spoon as the reviews have been excellent and they're quite cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daintonj View Post
    I've always been puzzled about the tendency for people on this sub-forum who are lighter than me to break spokes, especially as I'm quite keen on being off road and treat every speed bump as a bunny hop opportunity. Well today I broke a bike part and it wasn't a weedy spoke, I managed to snap my saddle.

    I came down a bit further than I meant to and the bike came up a bit higher than expected, crunch. Not as painful as you'd expect but not very comfy for riding home on.
    Buns of steel?

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    Sounds like an early birthday!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinoburb View Post
    Sounds like an early birthday!!!
    Almost psychic, My birthday is in two months and I was planning on getting a B17. However, all is not lost as I've got a road bike* on order and one of the saddles can go on that.

    *Early 80's Emmelle with some parts nicked of a Raleigh of similar vintage, a massive 40 once it's been built and refurbed.

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