When I think of Memorial Day, more or less, this image is what I think of. A black and white picture of a young man wearing a new uniform. A young man, no longer with us.
But what about this? How often do we think of this man? The father. The husband. When we lose a service member, we lose so much more than just a servant of our country.
This man was my grandfather. He was a Navy pilot in World War II and I never knew him. After the war, he came home and flew planes for GM. He died at 44 of a heart attack a week before Christmas. No, he didn’t die in combat, but he was taken too soon. He had 4 children and his youngest was six. His oldest boy, Tommy, founded Selle Anatomica. Tommy's sister Carol, my mom, is now the owner.
The loss had a profound impact on the history of my family that can never be fully known. When we celebrate these men and women this Memorial Day, I guess what I’m suggesting is that we not only celebrate the contributions and sacrifices they made for their country, but also take a moment to consider the impact that the loss had on everyone that depended on them. The histories of so many families have changed in the name of freedom.
Memorial Day is a family day. We’re a family business and we deeply value the time we get to spend together. Hopefully you’re planning to spend some time with your family this Monday. Maybe you want to take them with you on a bike ride.
-Ryan Milton Hosmer
Two things. First of all, nobody makes leather saddles the way we do. Traditionally, leather saddles are soaked in water, cold-molded at room temperature to the proper shape, and then baked in an oven. This style of saddle making produces a very hard leather top that can take years to break in. Our saddles are hot-molded dry. No water. This produces a much more pliable leather top that conforms more quickly to your unique shape. Hot dry molding alone is an impressive innovation but we didn't stop there. Our patented Flex-Fly slot has inverted rear wings that allow your sit bones to push the leather out of the way as you ride. This technology which is unique to Selle Anatomica reduces perineal pressure, sit bone pain, and saddle sores.
At 64 years of age, and an avid cyclist who prefers Century+ rides. Comfort and finishing the ride are my top priorities.I have owned and put hundreds or thousands of miles on various well known saddles. I just put my new black Selle Anatomica X series saddle on my Cervelo RS and went out for a 50mi ride with 3000 feet of climbing.This saddle is without question the most comfortable saddle, right out of the box, that I have ever ridden. After 50 miles there was no numbness, no pain or irritation, no problems!! The unique cutout and the ability to glide (instead of bunching up on most saddles) back or forward on the leather I am sure contributes to...