No two butts are the same, so, it’s safe to say that there can be no one-size-(or style) fits-all in saddles. It continues to be an exciting development that there are so many saddles on the market to choose from and so many companies on a quest to build that better mousetrap, er-saddle. Rivet Cycle Works is a relatively recent (less than 10 years) player in the growing leather-saddle landscape, and they’ve become a serious contender. For a certain aesthetic, nothing beats the classic good looks of a riveted leather saddle, and to those in the know, nothing can compare to leather’s individualized comfort and gets-better-with-age feel. Saddles are a very personal item, and Rivet Cycle Works stands by its products with a remarkable try-it-for-365-days offer in the hopes you’re going to love it. I caught up with company founder Debra Banks, aka “The Rivetress”, to ask her a few questions.
PBE What did you do before starting Rivet?
DB Pre-Rivet I spent my time in education, working with people across the nation to make our K-12 schools better for our kids & teachers, especially those in our toughest communities.
PBE How did you choose the location of your business or did it choose you?
DB I chose Sacramento. Sac is a great place to bike; people ride for transportation and recreation, and our infrastructure, while not perfect, is pretty good and getting better all the time. It’s also fairly close to our ports & has a great airport for when I need to travel. Finally, the bicycle community here is excellent. We know each other, collaborate on projects and come together to support cycling in the Sac region. All great reasons to be here.
Where are your products made?
DB All Rivet gear is designed here in Cali and then I work with a master craftsman in Taichung. He’s my leather whisperer.
What’s your favorite part of your business?
DB Helping people think through what saddle will be best for them. We talk about issues, position on the bike, and riding goals. I work with each individual until they are satisfied and are happy with their Rivet choice.
Where do you find inspiration?
DB All over. People watching, talking to riders about what’s working (or not) for them, and in products designed. As a woman owned business, I find strength in other women who have done extraordinary things in their lives.
What’s your favorite ride/route/destination?
DB I’m writing this from Japan, about to start a 1200k grand randonnee in Hokkaido. I’m betting that in a weeks time, it will be my favorite. Ask me again when I’m at PBE!