|Posted by Stephen Peel - Cycling Around the World on March 29, 2017 at 9:25 AM|
Brooks Imperial ab17 VS Rido R2 Saddles
Being a stocky and strongly built guy, and not the usual wisp of a cyclist you find huddled in a peloton, flying over the Swiss Alps, I find I need a more robust saddle, not a razorblade trying to lengthen my legs.
I require a saddle that can cope with a bit more weight, and plenty of bumps on tracks and some off-road. Not to mention myriad potholes in faraway lands.
After trying a Gel type saddle for over a year on the North Wales coast, I found it OK, but still had pain in the perineum area. Even trying to edge the saddle down so that my weight was more on the back of the saddle, didn’t seem to do much.
At one point I was so concerned about the pain, that I went to the doctors about it, which lead to a an uncomfortable investigation that left me feeling like I needed a shower afterwards, and the doctor didn't even buy me a drink :). As a result of that investigation, my doctor felt I need to go straight to the hospital for further investigation.
Blood tests, urine tests, 2 separate ultrasounds, and plenty of unwelcomed fondling over the course of 3 months, and I was given the all clear from prostate cancer. But it was scary to say the least, and a really quite upsetting few months to be honest. I have to admit to feeling it was all over at one point, but then reminded myself that I have more lives than 10 cats.
Anyway, I was encouraged to seek out a saddle that took the pressure off that very tender area, so I did a bit of study and had seen plenty of writeups on Brooks saddles, with many cycle tourists swearing by them.
I had thought about a saddle with no nose, just the back end for resting my sit bones, but then after some study, found that you need the nose to help you steer and stabilise the bike, and it’s something to rest your thighs on.
I chose the Brooks B17 Imperial at £80. It looks good, but that’s about it really for me. After 12 months on this saddle, it was actually worse than my previous cheap gel saddle.
A friend from South Africa recently told me to try the Rido R2 Comfort Saddle, he said I wouldn’t look back. So today my Rido arrived and is now mounted in place of the Brooks. I will test it out over the next few weeks. It looks quite weird to be honest, but I am hopeful. After just one quick ride in the street, the pressure was off my perineum. Here’s hoping. Oh, and it’s £45.
Rido Saddle #ridosaddle http://www.rido-cyclesaddles.com/sensational-new-r2-c100064.html
Brooks Imperial Saddle #brooksimperialsaddle http://www.brooksengland.com/en_uk/b17-imperial-3.html
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