Velo Angel Saddles

in the gully on the D-Plus

On the D-Plus in the gulley for a test ride.

Sit on enough saddles and you can tell, usually immediately, if it’s gonna work for you and the new Velo Angel sure did for me. Of course, your mileage will vary, but the Angel has features appealing to the Pacific Northwest cyclist, like the the padding system is built and attached to the shell: it’s totally enclosed and 100% waterproof. So no soggy leather or foam, no rotting padding and this is important because it rains where I ride.

Like a gallery piece

An understated company, but there’s a considerable amount of industry-leading industrial design in that saddle

The Angel also uses ArcTech, a unique rail mounting system to deliver comfort (flex absorbs bumps) while keeping weight down. Not content with a single color, Velo has applied “splashy graphics” to the saddle too and I’ve got the blue flavor.

Also, there’s a personal connection to Velo for me. Rode with Velo staffers once in Vegas, during our Mobile Social. For a company that’s been in business for 35 years and makes 15 million saddles a year, they were sure grounded in being about “the ride.”

On the wall

Wall art

The Angel line is available in four versions:

  • Angel Glide: Carbon rail; carbon base; 128mm width; 282mm length; 122g
  • Angel Dive: Titanium alloy rail; gel insert cover; 127mm width; 285mm length; 220g
  • Angel Ride: Titanium alloy rail; gel insert cover; 144mm width; 285mm length; 245g
  • Angel Fly: Titanium alloy rail; gel insert cover; 127mm width; 285mm length; 245g

Check with your local bike shop for the pricing and availability. Summarized: a light, fully-featured saddle with an MSRP of $130 for the Ti rail version, and $290 for the carbon rail/carbon shell version which is a legit 122g.

North Fork of the Skykomish


Never saw a fir tree so big, I couldn’t wrap my arms around it. Have you?

Along the north fork of the Skykomish river, didn’t see a car. No cell coverage either. It was what my friend KK+ calls a Digital Detox. There were no drones, no inebriates, no work talk, or networking either.

Just riding on a bike built for a adventure purpose, the Trek 920. Read more about the 920 in Issue 24 Change. I nicknamed it the weekender.

That ride was the type of change I need and it’s a lead up to the Grand Fondo Leavenworth this weekend.


Based in a cabin, the weekender wasn’t set up for camping, but it can do that too

Mark V GFL stories from last year are still being told, and we’re on those forest service roads together this time.

TiGrLock Mini

The first Kickstarter we ever mentioned TiGrLock is back with a mini version and already funded, and a staff pick. We’ve got one in and it’s like original, but not like hanging a titanium bow on your bike – the original was designed to lock both wheels and the bike. I asked Jim to tell me about the new mini

We played around with different shapes. We listened to folks. The locking area of our mini is similar to a mini ulock.

The locking area makes it possible to secure a wheel and frame to a rack, or just the frame - like a mini ulock. It works well for the Sheldon method of locking rear wheel and rear triangle to a rack.

We liked how having a straight side enables it to ride on a bike in a stable way.

We wanted to use as little Ti as possible in order to get the price down. The mini uses half as much Ti as our standard length bow. Using less Ti also reduces the weight even more.

What I liked then about Jim and TiGrLock is they send out photos for media to touch and test.

In The Dressing Room

Bike Hugger magazine contributor Matt Haughey shared a story about sexism in the Medium Bicycles Collection. Written in response to Patrick’s article about Amanda Batty and Pinkbike in Issue 24.

Does the dressing room have a lock on a real door?

Along the Duwamish River: Tarmac


Along the Duwamish River, the Tarmac’s industrial design fits right in.The gear wheel is from the recently rebuilt South Park Bridge and the crane sits near an old Boeing Building. This industrialized waterway served the gold rush, war, jet age, tourism, and I cross it at least once on every ride. Earlier this year, I shared another photo from this park and more thoughts on Seattle’s only river.


A view from the South Park Bridge north towards Seattle


Riverside park with boats working

The Tarmac Disc just arrived for a long term review and is the one I rode in Santa Cruz earlier this year. When the new Tarmac launched, I reviewed it in issue 12. Also from issue 12, see Patrick Brady’s article about the fun we had there

Smooth pavement, knowledgeable riders, sticky 25mm tires and a bike with geometry I trust. It’s a pretty good recipe.

The Tarmac turns heads around town and riding it on familiar routes, I’m appreciating that good recipe even more: a tuned ride and engineering learned from a collaboration with McLaren. Read more about the Tarmac’s intent in my recent Wired review.

It’s the intent and the experience: what a bike is designed to do, how it handles, and the way it connects to the ground for a distinctive Tarmac feel.

On the roads that follow the Duwamish, the connection to the ground is just as distinctive, with the disc brakes making it handle even better.

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