Author Topic: Tensioning my Swallow  (Read 1862 times)

Maladict

Tensioning my Swallow
« on: April 19, 2008, 12:17:44 am »
Been feeling a bit saggy of late.  So I got my tool out.  Which is rather larger in girth than she could safely accommodate.

In fact it was so large that in order to get it in, I had to first spread her leather flaps.

Will doing this repeatedly cause lasting damage?

This could go south pretty quickly, I fear.

andygates

  • Peroxide Viking
Re: Tensioning my Swallow
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2008, 12:39:17 am »
Spreading her flaps will be fine, you'll press them back down again between your thighs.

Just don't wield your tool too often.  You'll stretch her out and she'll go all swaybacked and saggy.
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Zipperhead

  • The cyclist formerly known as Big Helga
Re: Tensioning my Swallow
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2008, 01:34:28 pm »
I've been rubbing cream into my leather flaps today - I like to keep my flaps nice and smooth, crinkly flaps can be so uncofortable.

Do you have more than one set of flaps that you like to ride? Can you feel much difference between them?
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andygates

  • Peroxide Viking
Re: Tensioning my Swallow
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2008, 09:17:03 pm »
Oh yes!  The chamfered flaps of a Swallow are much smoother and less intrusive than the square-edged flaps of a B.17.  I quite like big flaps but I hate to get thigh-blisters from really chunky ones.
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Re: Tensioning my Swallow
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2008, 09:35:24 pm »
I've always used Pros.

nicknack

  • Hornblower
Re: Tensioning my Swallow
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2008, 09:39:26 pm »
I've always used Pros.

I would have thought they're a bit lacking in tension.
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Re: Tensioning my Swallow
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2008, 09:49:07 pm »
I've always used Pros.

I would have thought they're a bit lacking in tension.

Two of them are quite old, but they've held their shape well.

andygates

  • Peroxide Viking
Re: Tensioning my Swallow
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2008, 01:36:58 pm »
They're comfy even when well-worn and a bit saggy...
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Zipperhead

  • The cyclist formerly known as Big Helga
Re: Tensioning my Swallow
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2008, 02:57:35 pm »
They're comfy even when well-worn and a bit saggy...

I always find it very pleasurable to put my bits up against well worn flaps. The way they feel familiar and comfortable at the same time reminds me of the many fun rides we've had together and the pleasure that they've brought me.
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Re: Tensioning my Swallow
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2008, 03:39:14 pm »
I've heard of people lacing sagging flaps together to provide a slightly firmer ride.

Edit: though a Swallow has quite small flaps.