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Saddle Up- Selle SMP

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What does Selle SMP have in common with the lead up to the 2013 Tour de France? Absolutely nothing, seeing as possibly no riders are on them in the Tour. It’s a long three weeks of Tour ahead, let’s think about our own asses for a brief moment. As a disclaimer: this is not a Reverence article, yet, maybe after a few centuries and pavé parties it could be. I paid retail from a LBS for this and have no connection to SMP. I’m not even advocating anyone should get one, like I do advocate everyone owning Speedplay pedals. I am just shedding a little light on these unconventional and messed-up looking saddles.

Two years back I stared at one of these saddles on a bike whose owner was a big fella. The saddle was a thin slip of a thing, more space than saddle and it looked unridable. He made a lasting impression when he said it was great. Great? That looks highly uncomfortable, it was nearly devoid of padding and there just wasn’t much to sit on.

We all have our own limit for what we will put on our steeds but eventually a 160 km ride will sort out if form follows function. Those shoes may be the same ones Boonen wears but if they are killing your feet at 80 km, every time, they have to go.

And speaking of Specialized, they have a gizmo for measuring sit bones so one can get a good fitting saddle. I’ve owned two of their saddles and like them enough. Upon restarting long rides after my haitus this winter I re-remembered how much my lower back would hurt, especially on long climbing rides. Also while on haitus, also known as: my position must be wrong, I’ll never ride again, do I need insoles, how high should my saddle be, do I need wedges under my cleats…hell. I read up on Steve Hogg, fitting master, looking for salvation. Steve is an advocate of SMP saddles and makes the point we don’t sit on our sit bones unless on, gasp, a recumbent or bigger gasp, a Harley. Maui’s aforementioned LBS has a nice selection of test saddles, many SMPs in the mix. I went right for  the Dynamic model, for my fat ass. It took at least a week before I could even figure out where to sit on it, it’s that different a design.

There are two great things about these saddles: they have a massive cut-out section in the front so nothing gets mashed and the curved profile means one is sitting on the bones forward of the sit bones. That means your hips rotate forward, your lower back can straighten and relax. Do you want to ride the phantom aero bars while staring at your reflection in store front windows, it’s much easier with a relaxed, flatter back and uncrushed bits. I’m using that technical/medical English term to cover everything “down there”.

In summary, if your lower back is fine and you have never experienced torchmen’s taint, keep doing what you are doing. Shoes and saddles fit differently for every body. Comfort and weird looks don’t come cheap. Mine cost $230 US with steel rails but it is made in Italy, so that is a wash. They do come in celeste green if one wants to ruin the look of their Bianchi. Since one is sitting differently on it, the initial set up takes longer. It’s much harder to figure out the correct saddle height with this new position. I do think they have come up with a well researched design, especially for us riders who aim to be cyclists for the long haul.

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  1. Been riding an SMP since ’06 or ’07 after going through several saddles – including a Toupe’. Nothing better than my Strike!  And if your lady friend has an ample share of crushable delicacy, a lady SMP is the only way to go.

    Gianni, I bet if you shorten your stem by 5 or 10 mm (don’t go higher, go narrower in your reach) your back problems may gain additional relief.

    Cheers!

  2. @Gianni

    @VeloVita

    My posture is shiet anyway.
    I think the Dynamic’s curve and cutout make it work, both really, but that curve without the big cutout would not work. See if there is a dealer with some test saddles about.

    Same here – curse of the tall folks.  Thanks for the info, I’ll definitely see if there is a dealer in my area.

  3. @tessar

    Ugh, SMP? What next, Adamo saddles? There should be a rule against these.

    God bless fi’zi:k.

    Strong work, Pedalwan.

  4. @Barracuda

    @frank

    I did a spell of situps and planks etc to get the basics up, but then have really just resorted to once a week doing three sets of 50 leg lifts where I lay on my back and left the legs to 90 degrees and lowering them back down to a few centimeters off the ground. Keeping your feet shoulder-width apart makes it harder! Also, I finish each set with holding them just above the ground for about 10 seconds.

    I assume you are keeping legs straight throughout ? I too have “lazy” core muscles that refuse to hold my back straight, may also help with my herniated disk at C7.

    Yes, straightish anyway.

    @Steampunk

    @Nate & @frank:

    Hearty endorsement of the fi’zi:k Cyrano here. I’ve been loving me that seatpost since last year. Stunning piece of work. And I hate to rain on the limp saddle parade, but I have to ask about the aesthetics of matching a fi’zi:k seatpost with a Selle saddle? I’m becoming increasingly particular about this sort of thing…

    I suggest matching that SMP to the rubbish bin.

  5. @Spun Up

    @frank

    It sounds like your back is doing a lot of balancing which is causing the pain, and the answer to that could be a longer stem (more reach) or lower bars. It can’t hurt to try; an LBS or friend could have a stem laying around and bars can (usually) be lowered easily enough. For a test ride or two, go extreme to see how the effect is on your back – add two cm to the stem and drop the bars by at least the same amount.

    I’ve been working my way in that direction. I’m down to one 5mm spacer, but to compensate I’m riding a little chode of a stem (90mm, Oh, the shame!). When I first dropped the bars, my hands seemed to be falling, naturally, about an inch short of the hoods, so I swapped to a shorter stem to get balanced. Need a little Viagra for my stem, apparently.

    Dropping the bars adds quite a lot of distance. On the Graveur, the 6 degree stem had me a few cm short on reach (and not enough drop) while the 17 was perfect and added just the distance I needed.

  6. @Mauibike, @Gianni

    Why do we care about flat backs so? Doesn’t seem to me that would provide any benefit in power or comfort. I feel most powerful with a curved lower back.

  7. @Mike_P

    @frank

    @Gianni

    @Mike_P

    They certainly aren’t to everyone’s taste or fit but there’s no looking back for me, plus the more I see it mounted on my bike, the funkier I think it looks.

    Cool, glad to hear you are a user. I don’t think there is any turning back for me either. Now I have to find a second one for the other bike. And don’t tell anyone but I am liking my saddle’s look too! It’s nuts.

    Be a man and post up a picture of your bike with that giant wart of a saddle on it.

    Right now it’s packed in a bike box ready for a flight to Italy tomorrow. Stay tuned for a photo over the weekend.

    @Frank – you may think it’s ugly, but it’s nowhere near as ugly as my fat ass that’s sitting on it.

    I do not “think” it is ugly. It is. Irrespective of your fat ass on it.

  8. Specialized Toupe 143 (fat arse ) model for me. I know they don’t LOOK comfortable and my Dad says it’s  like running the gauntlet with my bollocks, but it suits me just fine.

  9. The SMP looks like the head of a pink flamingo…maybe a lexicon entry there…red flamingo, white flamingo, black flamingo…regardless, it is freakishly ugly.

  10. @frank

    @Mauibike, @Gianni

    Why do we care about flat backs so? Doesn’t seem to me that would provide any benefit in power or comfort. I feel most powerful with a curved lower back.

    So did Quasimodo…

  11. @Tobin

    And Hinault. Heard of him?

    Arched back:

    Flat back was only deployed for special circumstances:

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    @Tobin

    I love the cowering of this guy as even before he’s hit he anticipates the crushing fuckness that’s going to rain down on him.

  13. Flat back was only deployed for special circumstances:

    Ha ha ha ha…

    When I feel like I’m being a panty-waisted candy-ass, I ask myself, “What would The Badger do?”

  14. Now I remember – according to the Profanosaurus, the area between a gentleman’s giblets and the old brown eye is referred to as one’s barse.

  15. @the Engine

    Now I remember – according to the Profanosaurus, the area between a gentleman’s giblets and the old brown eye is referred to as one’s barse.

    here in the states we call it the taint

  16. @RedRanger

    @the Engine

    Now I remember – according to the Profanosaurus, the area between a gentleman’s giblets and the old brown eye is referred to as one’s barse.

    here in the states we call it the taint

    Or the gooch. (I’m not embedding this, NSF(most)W): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoBe6JYaUHk

  17. @RedRanger

    @the Engine

    Now I remember – according to the Profanosaurus, the area between a gentleman’s giblets and the old brown eye is referred to as one’s barse.

    here in the states we call it the taint

    Are you talking about the ladies chin rest?

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    @frank

    @Tobin

    I love the cowering of this guy as even before he’s hit he anticipates the crushing Fuckness that’s going to rain down on him.

    I think he’s actually just trying to duck under the puffy arm of the gentleman behind him for protection from Hinault’s impending ‘Man with the Hammer’ impersonation

  19. @frank

    Tuesday’s Retül fit came with the express instructions that I tilt forward and straighten my back in order to reduce pressure on my right shoulder (which has become increasingly painful). I’ll report back on whether it worked, but the intent is to find a comfortable neutral position. No: not at its most aerodynamic, but the premise is sound. Find yourself in a comfortable neutral position, and from there you can reach, lower, make yourself as aerodynamic as possible while limiting your discomfort.

    Hinault: you’re not him. And badass as he might be, sport science and medicine have evolved an awful long way since the 1980s (and I’m not making any cracks about “preparation”).

  20. @frank

    @Mauibike, @Gianni

    Why do we care about flat backs so? Doesn’t seem to me that would provide any benefit in power or comfort. I feel most powerful with a curved lower back.

    FFS! You think I said I was a vegan! . One, you are a young fuck, talk to me in twenty years. And yes, I’ll be dead then so you better shout. Two, I’m really talking about just straightening the lower back a few degrees. My back is a long way from flat. It’s more about being able to relax my back instead of it always being in tension trying to support the rest of my torso.

    Mauibike is an animal. He is threatening to make the Cogal in the Cascades. Danger Will Robinson, danger…

  21. @ped indeed

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    @frank

    @Tobin

    I love the cowering of this guy as even before he’s hit he anticipates the crushing Fuckness that’s going to rain down on him.

    This is one of those moments when you wish you could have audio…I always wondered what “I am gonna beat you like a rented mule” sounds like en francais.

  23. I had one of those razor edge SMPs. I used it for about 3 weeks and proselytised vociferously on its merits.

    Then I trapped a nut between the rails while trying a Faboo-style easy on up with more speed number which left me a sad rumpled heap by the side of the road for a solid 20 minutes.

    It’s been in a box ever since. In fact, If I can find it, I’ll happily donate it to anyone in continental US for their own experimentation….

  24. Switched to a Cobb SHC saddle last year and it has been great. It’s like the perfect VMH: firm, yet supportive. My bits used to be quite numb following long rides when I was on my old Selle Italia (took 24 hours to get back to normal after the 200 on 100) and this saddle has taken care of that issue.

    Of the Cobb road saddles, it’s the only one with some redeeming aesthetic qualities (function follows form at Cobb) along with offering low weight and comfort for the long haul.

    SHC

  25. @CanuckChuck I switched from fi'zi:k to Cobb as well. Great fit, good comfort for long rides.

  26. @mama_mia

    My LBS put a loaner V-Flow on my bike after my recent Retul fit session where my position on the bike was drastically change. Put about 3-4 rides on it and the saddle was fine, but I was very happy to return to my SHC and discover that it was as comfortable with the new position as the V-Flow.

  27. Pardon me if it has been covered, but is the clamp bolt in that fi'zi:k pillar in the front? And, does it adjust by hand? Almost looks like some of the wheels on the Cateye light and computer clasps.

    Wait, Frank. Do you have another frameset about to arrive? For a long time I wondered how you managed to only have a few bikes. Now you’ve got the CX rig from Cyclops, the Graveur…and another one is coming? Three in an eight month span. Thank you for making me feel alright about how many bikes I have!

    Hip flexors. Yup. Mine have been stiff as hell after four years of running on astroturf for college sports. Too much practice, not enough warm-up/cool down. I’m working on them.

  28. @Joe

    I had one of those razor edge SMPs. I used it for about 3 weeks and proselytised vociferously on its merits.

    Then I trapped a nut between the rails while trying a Faboo-style easy on up with more speed number which left me a sad rumpled heap by the side of the road for a solid 20 minutes.

    It’s been in a box ever since. In fact, If I can find it, I’ll happily donate it to anyone in continental US for their own experimentation….

    What’s in the box? The nut or the saddle? If the former, I’m not sure anyone’s interested in taking it…

  29. @Joe

    I had one of those razor edge SMPs. I used it for about 3 weeks and proselytised vociferously on its merits.

    Then I trapped a nut between the rails while trying a Faboo-style easy on up with more speed number which left me a sad rumpled heap by the side of the road for a solid 20 minutes.

    It’s been in a box ever since. In fact, If I can find it, I’ll happily donate it to anyone in continental US for their own experimentation….

    Ah, the hidden perils of nude cycling.

  30. @Ron

    Pardon me if it has been covered, but is the clamp bolt in that fi’zi:k pillar in the front? And, does it adjust by hand? Almost looks like some of the wheels on the Cateye light and computer clasps.

    Mine is 2 bolt, annoyingly the rear takes a 4mm bolt with a rediculously high torque setting of 8nm (for the size of bolt) If you’ve got a cutout you can get an allen key at the front bolt, otherwise you have to back the rear bolt all the way off and adjust it by hand. I rounded out the rear bolt with a frickn torque wrench, FFS.

  31. Goddamnit. Rounded bolts are a nightmare. I was trying to put new brake pads on a bike over the weekend. Kool Stop pad holders, I think they took a 1.5mm. I could tell they were a bit stuck, was careful, pushed the wrench in all the way…free turn. Fack. I guess I’m either buying new holders, not using them, or trying to drill the little damn things out. Drive side, front/rear came out, NDS neither holder bolt would come out.

    Sorry to read about that, minion. What a pisser that can be when the wrench gives way. A short job suddenly turns into a major pain in the arse.

  32. @minion

    @Ron

    Pardon me if it has been covered, but is the clamp bolt in that fi’zi:k pillar in the front? And, does it adjust by hand? Almost looks like some of the wheels on the Cateye light and computer clasps.

    Mine is 2 bolt, annoyingly the rear takes a 4mm bolt with a rediculously high torque setting of 8nm (for the size of bolt) If you’ve got a cutout you can get an allen key at the front bolt, otherwise you have to back the rear bolt all the way off and adjust it by hand. I rounded out the rear bolt with a frickn torque wrench, FFS.

    Oh yes, those f’ing Italians. I nearly stripped that rear bolt with the 4mm torque wrench so now I have to guess and use an old allen wrench. I agree, too small a bolt head for the job. I bought a larger cap bolt but I don’t think the head will fit into the countersink.

  33. @Joe

    I trapped a nut between the rails

    About this, I’m still scratching my head (not that one).

    If you’re serious, I’ll pay the shipping to see if I can reproduce your results. If I can, I’ll certainly post up about it. If I can’t, and I want the saddle, I’ll give you twenty bucks.

  34. @TBONE

    CUT OUT SEAT PROTECTS MY ERECTION

    Never been to Portland? Well now you have. Awesome!!

  35. @Gianni

    @minion

    @Ron

    Pardon me if it has been covered, but is the clamp bolt in that fi’zi:k pillar in the front? And, does it adjust by hand? Almost looks like some of the wheels on the Cateye light and computer clasps.

    Mine is 2 bolt, annoyingly the rear takes a 4mm bolt with a rediculously high torque setting of 8nm (for the size of bolt) If you’ve got a cutout you can get an allen key at the front bolt, otherwise you have to back the rear bolt all the way off and adjust it by hand. I rounded out the rear bolt with a frickn torque wrench, FFS.

    Oh yes, those f’ing Italians. I nearly stripped that rear bolt with the 4mm torque wrench so now I have to guess and use an old allen wrench. I agree, too small a bolt head for the job. I bought a larger cap bolt but I don’t think the head will fit into the countersink.

    Ya. One of the topics of discussion at the Festum Prophetae “after party” concerned this. Anyone remember the Campa 1st generation “self extracting cranks” and the crank bolt that was 7.5mm? Not 7, not fucking 8, 7.5. I’ve had to call in the sag wagon exactly 3 times ever: twice for those bolts “self extracting” (as far from home as possible), and once for the 1st PDX Cogal.

  36. @frank

    @Mauibike, @Gianni

    Why do we care about flat backs so? Doesn’t seem to me that would provide any benefit in power or comfort. I feel most powerful with a curved lower back.

    It’s not mainly about the flat back, it’s about the rotation of the hips/pelvis. Rotating the pelvis forward enables better employment of the hamstrings and glutes and eases the pressure on the sit bones by putting some of the weight on inferior pubic rami bones. It also makes the pelvis more stable since it’s no longer resting on just two points.

    As a side effect, this change in pelvis tilt also lets the glutes take over some of the work in keeping the torso suspended from the lower back, it extends and relaxes the whole spine and this in turn relaxes the shoulders and neck. Extension of the spine also means extension of the whole torso, so more room for the diaphragm to expand and thus easier breathing. And finally, rotating the pelvis forward enables one to get lower and more aero.

    Of course, there can still be too much of a good thing, as rotating the pelvis also closes the hip angle. This can be somewhat alleviated by raising the saddle and moving it forward, but this disrupts the front-to-back balance on the bicycle and can also put more pressure on the knees for some people. So, like with all other things it’s all about finding that perfect spot.

    Now, rotating the pelvis doesn’t necessarily mean there is no curve to the back whatsoever, and it also doesn’t mean one has to use an extreme saddle shape such as the Selle SMP – I have been able to do it on Selle Italia Filante as well as on Selle San Marco Zoncolan Arrowhead and SSM Aspide.

    Finally, here’s an example of a cyclist who rides with the pelvis rotated quite far forward while obviously retaining some curvature to the back as well:

    Compare and contrast to the one in front who has a more upright pelvis and a more drastic bend in the lower back (not sure who he is).

  37. @Ron I’m having a mechanically hamfisted week. My Hope freehub body is notched to shit, and the threads for the lockring are crossthreaded. I made it 100% worse last night by starting off with the lockring by hand and not getting it totally straight, now the thread is chewed up to shit and needs replacing. Steel freehub is the way to go. I swapped the wheels on because another freehub had seized, and needs to be stripped and cleaned. Fixies FTW.

  38. I’ve had a Cobb V-flow for several years.  First saddle that didn’t give me numbnuts. Don’t care for the looks of it, but going with what works.  I may have to give the SHC a try.

  39. @seemunkee Looks like Cobb reduced their no-risk trial periods from 180 days to 90 days. Still a pretty good deal.

  40. @scaler911 – I too fell victim to the Campy 7.5mm mumbleswerve. What sick deluded maniac uses a 7.5mm allen key? Took me bloody ages to find one. That said, I don’t think mine ever self extracted.

  41. @Steampunk

    @frank

    Hinault: you’re not him. And badass as he might be, sport science and medicine have evolved an awful long way since the 1980s (and I’m not making any cracks about “preparation”).

    Right then. Wiggins and Froome are as 21st century as it gets, and look at their backs:

    Point is rotated pelvis, not a flat back. Once you rotate your pelvis, you may find a flat back, or not. Doesn’t matter.

    And rotated pelvis doesn’t require a nasty cutout saddle – it can be achieved with a proper-fitting regular saddle.

  42. Now what do you make of this?

    Apart from extremely fucking awesome

  43. @tessar Not a good example, that’s just a rider on the rivet. SInce they’re on the nose of their (flat) tt saddles anyways, a curved saddle would have little to no affect on position re. rotating their hips forward.

    And the cutout isn’t responsible for enabling rotation, but it is much more cmfortable. fi'zi:k make curved saddles (nose to tail) without cutouts that let you do the same thing.

  44. @Gianni

    @minion

    @Ron

    Pardon me if it has been covered, but is the clamp bolt in that fi’zi:k pillar in the front? And, does it adjust by hand? Almost looks like some of the wheels on the Cateye light and computer clasps.

    Mine is 2 bolt, annoyingly the rear takes a 4mm bolt with a rediculously high torque setting of 8nm (for the size of bolt) If you’ve got a cutout you can get an allen key at the front bolt, otherwise you have to back the rear bolt all the way off and adjust it by hand. I rounded out the rear bolt with a frickn torque wrench, FFS.

    Oh yes, those f’ing Italians. I nearly stripped that rear bolt with the 4mm torque wrench so now I have to guess and use an old allen wrench. I agree, too small a bolt head for the job. I bought a larger cap bolt but I don’t think the head will fit into the countersink.

    Yarp. My only hope is using loosening the front all the way off and adjusting the rear when there’s no pressure on it.

  45. @Fiery

    @frank

    @Mauibike, @Gianni

    Why do we care about flat backs so? Doesn’t seem to me that would provide any benefit in power or comfort. I feel most powerful with a curved lower back.

    It’s not mainly about the flat back, it’s about the rotation of the hips/pelvis. Rotating the pelvis forward enables better employment of the hamstrings and glutes and eases the pressure on the sit bones by putting some of the weight on inferior pubic rami bones. It also makes the pelvis more stable since it’s no longer resting on just two points.

    As a side effect, this change in pelvis tilt also lets the glutes take over some of the work in keeping the torso suspended from the lower back, it extends and relaxes the whole spine and this in turn relaxes the shoulders and neck. Extension of the spine also means extension of the whole torso, so more room for the diaphragm to expand and thus easier breathing. And finally, rotating the pelvis forward enables one to get lower and more aero.

    Of course, there can still be too much of a good thing, as rotating the pelvis also closes the hip angle. This can be somewhat alleviated by raising the saddle and moving it forward, but this disrupts the front-to-back balance on the bicycle and can also put more pressure on the knees for some people. So, like with all other things it’s all about finding that perfect spot.

    Now, rotating the pelvis doesn’t necessarily mean there is no curve to the back whatsoever, and it also doesn’t mean one has to use an extreme saddle shape such as the Selle SMP – I have been able to do it on Selle Italia Filante as well as on Selle San Marco Zoncolan Arrowhead and SSM Aspide.

    Finally, here’s an example of a cyclist who rides with the pelvis rotated quite far forward while obviously retaining some curvature to the back as well:

    Compare and contrast to the one in front who has a more upright pelvis and a more drastic bend in the lower back (not sure who he is).

    Thank you. That is a proper explanation and using Fabs as an example only strengthens your point. Chapeau.

  46. @minion My point is that a flat back is not the goal. A powerful position is, and that doesn’t necessarily require a flat back. On my heathen’s Tri bike, I ride a plush, semi-split, wide-cutout Cobb Plus to enable whatever rotation I would want, and still prefer a slight curve to my back.

    Whether or not you need a curved saddle depends on other factors. If you want some reading about curves, I’d recommend this article: http://www.slowtwitch.com/Products/Saddles/Saddle_Theory_Part_I_2504.html

  47. I’ve grown up on a bike since over 25 years ago and have suffered ingrown toenails from toe clips-n-straps and XC skiing, scheuermann’s disease. Until I screwed my back in December 2012 big time and with regular physio,  I’ve learn’t way more in the last 6 months about posture than my whole life. I was told by my physio that I used my bike back muscles for everyday use which made things like sitting at a desk, driving a car a painful experience. Rides lasted only 45 minutes as the back pain was too much to continue. With the physio I found how to use my core and diaphragmatic breathing helped heaps.Also this article, http://www.francefrominside.com/FFI%20Bike%20Posture%20web.pdf shed a lot of light on bike posture.

    I found that to imagine my pelvic area as a salad bowl and to tip it forward. I tells you what, it took a little while to get this postition proper, but it makes a hell of a difference in comfort. @Fiery  has detailed this with Faboo above.

  48. exception 'ImagickException' with message 'unable to open image `/nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati//wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/php/image.php?degrees=0&scale=yes&width=600&height=700&quality=85&maintain_aspect=yes&rounding=nearest&image=/home/frankdstrack/velominati.com/wp-content/uploads/readers/frank/2013.06.27.15.54.17/3/Bernard-Hinault-punch.jpg': No such file or directory @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2638' in /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-content/themes/velominati/generics.php:1269 Stack trace: #0 /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-content/themes/velominati/generics.php(1269): Imagick->__construct('/nas/wp/www/clu...') #1 [internal function]: dm_replace_image_embeds('

    I have been ...') #2 /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-includes/plugin.php(213): call_user_func_array('dm_replace_imag...', Array) #3 /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-includes/comment-template.php(852): apply_filters('comment_text', 'I have been awa...', Object(stdClass), Array) #4 /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-content/themes/velominati/functions.php(966): comment_text() #5 [internal function]: custom_comment(Object(stdClass), Array, 1) #6 /nas/wp/www/cluster-40013/velominati/wp-includes/comment-template.php(1810): call_user_func('custom_comment', Object(stdClass), Array, 1) #7 [internal function]: Walker_Comment->start_el('?display_element(Object(stdClass), Array, 1, 0, Array, '?@frank

    @frank

    @Tobin

    I love the cowering of this guy as even before he’s hit he anticipates the crushing Fuckness that’s going to rain down on him.

    Fuckness! Awesome.

  49. @Tobin : that’s : “Je vais te défoncer la gueule!”

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