Sorry, went off my meds for a sec there. I did try a couple new things this year worthy of note. First up, I added a folding bike to my stable. If you've been following along, you already know that. If not, turn on some cheesy montage music and enjoy this look back. One part of my folder that I will make note of here is the drivetrain -- I have been more than a little impressed by the not-terribly-expensive SRAM 1:1 rear derailleur and GripShift. It's a far cry from the SlipShift of the mid-90s... very crisp (even with a generic non-SRAM cassette), easy to set up, holds adjustment well, all good.
I also put some tuchus-time on a Wilderness Trail Bikes SST saddle this year. I don't even remember where I got the thing... maybe a bike shop takeoff bin? A swap? I have a vague memory that it cost me all of ten bucks (it's the basic steel-railed model), so it wasn't a terribly expensive experiment.
The SST was kind of a nuisance to set up initially (it has a pretty swoopy shell, with a flaccid nose that makes eyeballing dead-level a challenge), but once I found the sweet spot, my junk thanked me. Bike shorts, regular shorts, no worries... a perfectly-shaped butt-cradle for my delicate undercarriage. Sure, I didn't put in a lot of miles this year (see my last post for pathetic proof), but I did extend my commute from 2 miles to 20, and I did a couple straight weeks of "commute every day" on the SST in non-bikey shorts with no complaints from my man-parts or arse-parts. Obviously, your parts may vary.
Being Mr. Settled-In-His-Ways, I don't predict too many radical departures in the coming year. I do have a shiny new pair of Schwalbe Kojak tires hanging in the Velo Palace (thank you, bike shop closeout table) that will take over for a well-worn pair of Michelin Dynamics in the Spring, and I'm thinking about putting my commute load on front lowriders instead of my rear rack, but that's it. Stupid complacency, getting in the way of my gear lust!