Rivet Independence


Saddles are a funny thing. Finding the perfect one is like finding the Holy Grail… Back in February, I purchased a Rivet Independence to replace a C-15 Cambium that was too narrow. I had originally gotten the Cambium to replace a Berthoud touring saddle that was claimed to be waterproof but alas was not and was too wide and chafed my thighs.

I know, I sound like Goldilocks and the three bears…

The Independence is half-way in between the width of a B-17 and a C-15 at 160mm. I have ridden it about 500 miles since I got it.

First impressions is that it did not need to be broken in at all. It has been extremely comfortable and does not bother my thighs when in the drops. I have gone on 30+ mile rides with hot, humid weather but little rain and the saddle has been fine. I have never been pinched as I have with a Selle Anatomica (Christ that hurts…). And supposedly, this saddle is rainproof. I will update after my first ride where I get caught in the rain.

I may have found my perfect saddle. Time will tell.

5 thoughts on “Rivet Independence

  1. Glad that you found a saddle that works, Goldilocks. I’m happy with all of my Brooks saddles that I’ve had for all these years. Comfortable and fits the tush well. Leather is the way to go for a saddle, in my opinion.

      • I realized it was leather. Just saying that I prefer leather, too. They’re so much more comfortable than other material, I believe. It’s been a long time since I’ve used any other type of saddle. Glad it’s working for you.

      • True, we don’t get nearly the rain y’all do back there. Now, living in Los Alamos, it’s been wetter and more humid than Silver City. I still have the Brooks Professional saddle that you gave me several years ago…it’s on my Vitus. Will be interesting to see how much snow we get this winter!

Leave a Reply to Patrick Lyford Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s