I've picked up some new bike bits over the Christmas period that I've finally got sorted and fixed to my bike.
The first part I got hold of was a new saddle. I wasn't after one, but this came up for a price that was entirely reasonable so I decided to snap it up.
I'd been considering getting a Brooks Cambium saddle for the Verenti for a while - it was either that or a Charge Spoon. I've a Cambium on my Brompton since they were released and I released that I wasn't going to get on with a Charge Spoon on my Brompton. If I was going to get one for the Verenti, I wanted it to be a black one to match the colour scheme, but this one was going for a song compared to brand new so I thought I'd let the colour scheme suffer for a bit.
The Spoon is what I've got on my Dawes and it's the same saddle I've had for quite a while. I think I've moved it from my first bike I bought from when I got my first bike after years off the bike back in 2011. It's been extremely comfortable, with the exception of my Brompton. I've used it on road and off road and it's performed excellently in each type. Now that I see that they offer a camo version of the Spoon, I might have to reconsider my Brooks purchase....
Alpkit Fuel Pod
Alpkit are an outdoor equipment designer and retailer. I've purchased a few items them recently and I've been incredibly impressed with the price and quality of the items they have.
For my Dawes, I have a Carradice Super C Audax Saddlebag that I carry around my puncture repair kit and assorted other items I may take out on a ride (though I'm beginning to think that a rack bag might be a better option for the Dawes). I've nothing that's similar on the Verenti, so I decided to get myself an Alpkit Fuel Pod.
This will let me hold my keys and/or phone to hand in case I need it for whatever reason.
However, since putting this on, I've done a ride with the bag on and I've come to the conclusion that I wont get on with it - at least not on this bike. It was getting in the way slightly when I would have to get off the saddle to get up hills.
I've a few extra bits that I've purchased that have yet to make it onto the bike as well - I've got some mudgaurds that need fitting and I've new pedals (platforms, as I'm moving away from the cleats). They'll be fitted when I have the time to do so.