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As a B-17 (standard) user who's never tried the pre-aged variety, I don't see the need for the pre-aged. I've never been uncomfortable on a new B-17, and all four have become even more comfortable within 500 miles.:thumbsup:
That leaves the texture. I prefer to be able to shift slightly on occasion, and don't want no steenkin saddle texture grabbing my shorts as I wiggle.
Not sure about the TransAm, but Northern Tier has Chilkoot Hill in Stillwater, Minnesota. It's a three-block stretch of 24% climb. It rises 100 feet over a distance of 700. There is an annual professional cycle race in Stillwater which includes this hill (Nature Valley Grand Prix). The first year, organizers tried to put pedestrian fencing on Chilkoot but it was sliding to the bottom. So this section during the race has a European feel w/o fencing.Now wish I hadn't read this thread ... some things ya don't want to know!
I bought a pair of "Nashbar" sandals made by Exustar. They are real comfy and easy to walk in with an arch support and healcup footbed as well as a good stiff cycling sole. The cleat mounting area of the sole is recessed enough that one can walk in them without the cleat hitting the ground. I like 'em alot.Hope my experience will mirror yours.
Carl in San Diego
I'd do a dealer search on Cannondale's site. Then, start calling shops. There's no reason to be loyal to your LBS, as they aren't willing to earn your business. If a shop is worthwhile, they'll order it without coercing you into buying it.+1
BTW, I bought my last bike from a shop that's 4-1/2hrs away. The "local" shops that carry the brand are worthless, so no reason to patronize them.