Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Lady Business.

I'm sure you're dying to know what I've been doing with my time, right? Of course! So, spring finally arrived and I've been riding my mountain bike as often as possible. Yay! But, as usually happens in the spring, my ass is suffering for it. Boo. My current saddle is a Terry FLX which I like okay, but it's not perfect. I'd previously been using a Terry Butterfly which is very comfortable (and very unattractive) but was almost...too padded. I like to be able to slide my weight around easy in the saddle and I felt like the Butterfly slowed me down a bit.

I'm unknowable.

Previous to that I'd been using the very popular WTB Deva saddle but it was complete torture on my mountain bike. Just horrible. However, it was expensive (and I'm stubborn) so I tried it on my cross bike and it's perfectly fine and I raced a whole season on it with no problem. This makes ZERO sense but I'm not going to question these things. Saddles choice is extremely personal and what can you do.

Moving on, I have a confession to make. When Giant came out a few years ago with a women-specific line of really nice mountain bikes, I was unimpressed. Not because the bikes weren't nice (they are) but because they were given ridiculous names like "Lust" and "Obsess." The men's bikes are called "Anthem" and "Trance." Why do the lady bikes get the sexualized names? It bugged me. A lot. And, while I love that Liv Giant bikes are completely designed by women, why did they have to do this to them?

That is a...busy bike. It's purple! It's bright blue! It's got a funky print design! It's lady-friendly! The Lust is a seriously nice bike and if I am going to lay out that kind of cash I want a bike that looks f'ing cool. This does not look cool, it looks like an Easter basket. I'm sorry, it does. 

HOWEVER, I hadn't actually ridden it, so I went to a Giant Demo last weekend and tried out the Lust Advanced 0 and holy shit, that thing floats over rocks. It was SO much fun to ride. I'd forgotten what a nice full-suspension set up felt like (and of course I was riding the super-high-end version with carbon rims, so.) I stand corrected, Liv Giant. I'm sorry for making fun of you. 

Obviously I don't have 8K to drop on a bike but if I did, I'd be tempted. Except, I still can't deal with that color scheme and I wouldn't want to spend crazy money on a bike that wasn't easy on the eyes. Why can't they just make one in black? (<-- please apply this to everything. Thank you.) It's probably a good thing I don't like the colorway or I'd be busy selling off all my possessions to buy one. So, I guess I should thank Giant for not bankrupting me. I guess.


  1. holy over-designed color scheme, batman!

    i hate when companies do that... make the women's version of things way over-designed in pink and purple (you know... girl colors! *eye roll*). i try not to buy anything that would look ridiculous if a guy were wearing/using it... like the jersey with the cartoon of a french girl on a cruiser bike in front of the eiffel tower... um... no thanks... i'd be the laughing stock of my mountain bike race.

    1. Exactly! I guess my main point was that its a high-end bike that looks cheap because of the girly colors. If I'm buying a high-end bike I want it to look high-end.


    You can only get gear in stupid colours that make you look like a berry or a swimming pool. Dudes get things like navy. Olive. Red! Badass! Why don't I get to be badass too? I/we am/are clearly badass.

    1. Oh, I know, I know. Dudes get all the good colors.