Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bike Seat Review Part 1

Today my ISM Adamo demo bike seat was delivered. I was excited to rip open the box, watch the tutorial online and give it a try. Unfortunately, my engineering degree didn't help me whatsoever! When I purchased my bike, I had ALL of it fitted with a professional. And luckily, I've had nothing go wrong, not even a flat tire, that I've had to fix or adjust myself. Seriously, it took me an hour to put this bike seat on. I need octopus arms to have enough hands to hold everything together. Then it was test, test, test to figure out the correct positioning of the seat. I'm still not sure I have that correct.

I did do a 45 minute scheduled trainer ride with the new seat. There were certainly private parts that felt better and parts that didn't feel so good. And I'm not sure what is supposed to not feel good and what is normal. I would think that it should feel like I'm sitting on clouds, but everything I keep reading says my "sit bones" will get used to the riding. So, it's supposed to hurt down there?

This weekend I'll take the bike outside and give it another ride. Another review will follow.


Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Hey Meredith - okay the soft tissue will feel MUCH better. The sits bones - and the skin/tissue over the sits bones will be a little sore and/or painful for a few rides. I think mine took a few weeks to really get adjusted to. But it was such a HUGE difference from my previous saddle that it didn't feel that bad. Make sure that you use good shorts and chamois cream - and ALWAYS use a new pair of bike shorts before each ride (no matter how short) - that should help. I knew that my ISM saddle was great when I did a 3-hour trainer ride up in Wisconsin two weeks after getting it and I survived the ride intact. That was seriously a first! YEA! Good luck and let us know how it works for you!

Molly said...

Yes, usually the crotch feels dramatically better and the sit bones have to learn to bear all the weight on the contact points. I got to the point of putting Aquaphor (or whatever you use as chammy cream) on the sit bones - in copious quantities - to get through a ride without chafing while it adjusted. Good luck!!!