Fizik Antares Saddle Review

Fizik Antares Saddle Review

I have about 18,600 miles in my Fizik Antares saddle. The first one I bought used from a friend that I ran on my Bianchi 928 SL. When that frame died I built my De Rosa and put a brand Antares on it.

Overall I love it. Fitting a saddle on my road bikes is one of the most important things I have found that makes riding comfortable.  I have done rides as long as 127 miles and never had a problem with this saddle.

Pros
Super lightweight. Very comfortable for a racing saddle.

Cons
The new one I bought for my De Rosa the front cover came off in the first year of riding. I do not suspect this is common as my other Antares probably has over 20,000 miles and no problem. I wrote to Fizik and waiting to hear from them.

Cost. These Fizik saddles are expensive, but if you are racing or putting a lot of miles in and want a great seat it’s worth the money. List price is $400 US, but you can get one for as low as $319 US.

Overall: highly recommend.

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76 Miles Half Moon Bay to Davenport Along Highway 1 Road Bike Route

Half Moon Bay to Davenport Along Highway 1 Road Bike RouteIf you are looking for a great ride along the northern California coast this is a good one. I do it pretty often and it never gets old. You’ll be coast-side the whole time with spectacular views of the Pacific and may even catch some sightings of whales if you keep your eye out.

You get a good amount of climbing in but no climb is longer then approximately 1.3 miles with most grades about 5-7%. There are a few steeper parts here and there but they do not last long.

Bike Route Details
Miles: 76
Elevation: 4,564 ft.
Moving time: 4hrs 37min @ 16.5mph
Temperatures: In general, expect it to be colder in Half Moon Bay and warm up as you head south. I see temperature differences as big as 12-15 degrees.

Winds: The prevailing wind in Half Moon Bay is NW.  This means you are going to get a push down the coast and fight it on the way home unless you get lucky enough to catch a south wind which is a dream to get the push all the way home. If you leave early you can beat the NW wind, it will pick up around Davenport around 10:30/45am as the fog lifts.

On the way back there are a few places to duck out of the wind, but it will add miles to your ride. The worst winds on the way home will be around Swanson Berry Farm by Scott Creek. You will get some relief from the bluffs heading north to Waddell Creek Beach. One you hit Waddell Creek expect a lot of wind, it’s not one of the best kite surfing spots in North America for no reason. You will not suffer too much as you watch a sea of kike surfers shredding it up. (If you see surfers and not kites you are either there really early or you caught a south wind) You will get some wind going past Año Nuevo State Park and then hit a stretch between Highway 1 Brewing Company and Pigeon Point Lighthouse where it can beat you up a little. Good news is once you go around the bend from the lighthouse the worst is behind you. You can get some wind headed back into Half Moon Bay, but the good news is that is generally all downhill (1-3% with a few small bumps) headed into town.

Places to stop for food and water headed south:
Mile 17
If you need something early you can make a left on Pescadero Creek Rd. at mile 15, go down about 1.8 miles and make a left onto Stage Rd. Small down, plenty of places for food, water etc… I use Pescadero County Bakery, it has snacks, soda, water spigot on the side of the building, outhouse out back along with a bike work stand and tire pump. (go along the north side of the building to get to the back of the building)

Mile 23/24
Highway 1 Brewing Company. Gas station in addition to the restaurant. Snacks, water, soda etc…

Mile 37
Davenport. Several stores and restaurants. I use Arros store right next to the Davenport Cafe. They have bathrooms and a place to sit down. There are plenty of other places in town I use this as my stop on this route because it’s the first place headed south, has soda and bikers snacks like power bars and things. If you want a good burger Roadhouse Restaurant about fifty yards south is really good.

Biking is the Best Way to See Places

Ernest Hemingway Bike RidingI was reading some bike blogs yesterday while all my rides from the week were updating on Strava and Garmin Connect and came across the quote from Ernest Hemingway about bike riding on JaxMeowMeow’s blog (you should check out if you are a hill climbing fanatic, Jax started climbing hills on a fixie and is now dominating some big climbs with gears in Southern California) . A group of us were talking about just this thing the other day. The places and things I have seen on two wheels are things I would have never noticed driving in a car or even a motorcycle. If you bike you get it, if you don’t you need to experience it to understand it. There really is no better way to explore places then on two wheels.