I'm not on F.com much anymore (I'm no longer in Taiwan), but this is an important thread. As such, I feel it incumbent upon myself to present the latest incarnation of my Bianchi. I know, or at least suspect, that people have been losing sleep over this, so here it is:
Explanations: I put over 4,000 kms on my Fizik Arione before admitting to myself that at 130mm it was simply too narrow for my wide arse. So I ditched it for an old Selle Italia Prolink in yellow, which I got in a trade last year for a pair of tubular rims and had been using on my trainer bike in the basement. Riding on the trainer is not the same as riding for "real," so I never thought I'd like the Prolink on the road, but it turns out I do. Feels good and feels right, like the Arione never did.
But my vanity got the best of me in another aspect: the stem. Long and low stems are kewl, short and high stems aren't. I got the 120mm 3T Motus quill stem with detachable faceplate used for a nice deal, and I've been riding low for a while now, and it feels fine. I've learned not to tense my shoulders, and to keep my head and neck in a natural position in line with my shoulders (very important for neuromuscular reasons!).
P.S. Anybody want the used Arione in the photos in previous posts in this thread? Got anything interesting to trade?