Goodbye to the legendary Pizza saddle

Yes, it’s true. The pizza saddle is history. It’s gone, spending its days chilling on top of the desk inside of the garage until there’s a new purpose for it.

It was a necessary change, although it really had a chance, a good chance, maybe even more than one chance, because I’ve always been a die-hard fan of it. I first saw it somewhere on the internet, five years ago maybe, and instantly decided I had to own it. I mean, it’s a pizza saddle, how much cooler can a saddle possibly look? Yeah, it’s not possible…

I felt confirmed, when I saw the saddle in real life mounted on the old bmx of mine. That really was a classy combination, style for miles … unfortunately contrary to my bmx skills …

The pizza saddle went into its first retirement, when I realised, that I didn’t had what it takes to be anything near good on a bmx. I bought my first roadbike and the pizza saddle spent its days covered in dust leaning against the wall inside of the garage.

A few months ago the saddle was reactivated, dusted off, cleaned and brought back to life, when I started to customize my everyday roadbike ( if you “missed” the story, there’s a chance for you to catch up with it right here and here ).

The saddle still looked classy, upgraded the roadbike from the first moment on and I instantly knew why I decided to buy it a few years ago.

Then I rode more than 25 km on the customized roadbike. That was the exact moment I learned the reason, why you shouldn’t ride a saddle, even a pizza saddle, that is mounted with one huge screw right down through the middle of the saddle into the seat post on a roadbike. It was a painful lesson, but I learned from this mistake …

This blogpost is dedicated to the one and only pizza saddle. Its freshness and style will always be remembered. I’m sure there will be a next purpose for the classiest saddle in the game soon…

-Dennis

Dennis The Cyclist on YouTube

Maybe you heard it (and watched it already!), maybe it’s breaking news for you: I started my own YouTube channel.

YouTube is a great platform to share my “everday” bicycle life with everyone around the world and thus, reach even more people than I do already through my blog. I’ve always been interested in making videos about cycling, but I only did short clips for social media and stuff like this.

Most of the videos so far are short three or four minute videos, about my favorite roadbike spots in Dortmund. I’m spending a lot of time everyday working on new ideas for upcoming videos and at the same time, I’m learning a lot of new things with every published video, for example I would’ve never thought I’d catch myself talking in front of a camera.

Right now though, my channel is as small as it could possibly be and I’m struggling to reach barely anyone at all. I know there’s small progress already, I can see it in the data – which is ablsoutely awesome in YouTube Studios by the way – but just like starting up this blog three years ago, starting something new always take time. Trust me when I say, that this was a tough lesson … again …

But I don’t let small numbers discourage me from sharing my bicycle life. After all, this is a free time activity, it’s my hobby, it’s part of my recreation, if you want to call it like this. I don’t necessarily need to be successful in order to have fun. But of course, I do like to get a bit of approval from time to time, you know…

So, what I’m trying to say is: If you’re into watching videos about cycling and you’ve got a spare minute or two or three left to spend, I would appreciate it a lot, if you would check out my YouTube channel:

Hope you enjoy watching this video!

-Dennis

First Ride of the customized Creme Cycles Vinyl

The singlespeed conversion of my Creme Cycles Vinyl bicycle took weeks until everything looked like how I wanted it to be. Of course, my excitement level to take the bike out for a first ride went straight through the rooftop…

I decided to go on an easy spin through the neighborhood to see, if everything works as it should. I was especially worried about pretty much the whole brake system and the positions of the brake levers on the handlebar in detail. Everything used to work on the bike stand, but that doesn’t mean anything for on-road use. So, the first few times I hit the brakes were very exciting moments to say the least.

Somehow though, the brakes were working just fine and I’m happy about that.

On top of that, the way the bike looks made me even happier. The chrome-like brake levers on the black handlebar, the velcro on the toptube holding the brake cable and of course … the pizza saddle! Everything looked exactly the way I imagined.

However, looking at the bike as a whole, I think I would maybe go with two rims of the same color next time. The new rim at the rear looks great for itself…but the rest of the bike is black, so the silver of the rear rim looks a bit weird…

I don’t know, next time I would probably try to get a black rim or two silver rims. But in times like these I’m happy that I got a single new rim at all. Ordering and waiting for the new parts took way longer than I thought. The local bike shop almost ran out of spare parts and looking for parts online proved to be a nightmare too. This rim was basically the only singlespeed hub – rim combination available, so I’m pleased with what I got right now…

Besides of this, the customized version of the bike is running so smooth, I sometimes have to look twice to see that this is the same frame as before. Of course, the 47 – 17 gearing has its pros and cons. My first impression is, that it’s perfect for riding on city roads. I’ve got a nice acceleration, so that I can easily flow with the traffic.

Unfortunately, this city ain’t too big… As soon as I hit the suburbs, I find myself fighting on every climb. I just hope to get some nice training effects out of this…

After all though, I’m pretty satisfied with the result of my work. The bike is far more fun to ride than it used to be and I learned a whole lot of new things about the mechanics on a bicycle.

Plus, I’m already thinking about a next project…

-Dennis

In case you’d like to see a bit more of the customized bicycle, here’s my YouTube video about it:

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