New Zealand postcard

I made a guest appearance at the Nelson Wednesday night mountain bike ride thanks to my friend, host, and Kiwi mountain bike rockstar Brenda. I felt as if I represented ably enough on the climbs on the borrowed singlespeed. To say that I was beyond pathetic and clumsy on the descents would be a wild compliment.

Brenda: “You’ll want to lower your saddle on this next section.”
Me: “Huh?”
B: “You know, put your saddle down for the downhill.”
Me: “Oh! I haven’t done that since 1990.”
[She raises her eyebrows in surprise and contempt.]
B: “Yeah, well, you’ll want to lower your saddle on this next section.”

B is infinitely patient.