I’ve never owned a saddle made with rivets. But that doesn’t matter because the symbol of the rivet goes beyond a seat. If it’s unfamilar to you, old racing saddles used rivets to hold the hard leather to the frame of the seat with one positioned right at the tip. When you were pegged at full effort and nudging ahead on the seat, you were riding “on the rivet”.
When I started racing in the mid 80s, I spent a lot of time riding with guys my dad’s age. They were typically factory workers or tradesmen and they were hard, tough men on the bike. They raced every weekend of the season and they won regularly. They lived to ride. They were classic bicycle racers from that vintage era of wool shorts, toe clips, steel bikes, sew-ups, drilled out Campy, and no excuses. As a 14-year-old, they scared the crap out of me.
You would describe them as “old school”. They all grew up racing on Brooks saddles and understood “on the rivet” firsthand. Although they had converted to modern saddles, the term was explained, demonstrated, and instilled in me repeatedly.
For me, the “rivet” represents two elements that make cycling awesome: Riders pushing themselves and the heritage of the sport.
Wherever we can, we want these elements represented in REGGIE. Whenever a rider pulls on a REGGIE jersey, pair of shorts, or gaminet, they’ll have a shiny little Rg Rivet reminding them of why we love to ride.