Cycling Around the World


Brooks Imperial B17 vs Rido R2 Saddles

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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Reply Stephen Peel - Cycling Around the World
12:07 PM on April 3, 2017 
Oh man, my arse is killing me. It's only been 6 days of riding with the new RIDO. 10 miles the first day, 4 days of 20 miles, and today was just 12 miles as my arse must have resembled a baboon's. This has to be the first time I have witness such chaffing and pain on and above my sit bones.

I didn't do any road cycling, just potholed gravel pathways along a canal, so no doubt I was going to take a beating anyway with no suspension in my frame.

The perineum area was fine though, and that was also a first, and that is what I like about the saddle, sadly though the pain and sores instead transferred to my butt.

Now I'm sure that over time it might get better and less painful, but for now I'm going to put my Brooks B17 back on and edge the nose down a touch to see how that goes. This is not something I have tried before because the saddle is so slippery, but I will try.

The other thing I didn't like about the RIDO, was that it moves around a lot, it isn't very rigid. If you take hold of it while it's fixed to the stem, you can easily move it. I guess it's because the saddle frame is plastic with simple fixing spots for the rails.

The Brooks has a wide brace that fixes to the whole of the rear of the saddle, then joins up with the other rail, giving the saddle a real stiff feel to it.

I'm not done with the RIDO just yet though.
Reply Stephen Peel - Cycling Around the World
2:49 AM on March 30, 2017 
Email from RIDO yesterday:

Wow, thanks Stephen.

We?re certainly following your progress with our R2 saddle!

Be sure to follow the set-up guide: http://www.rido-cyclesaddles.com/setting-up-your-rido-saddle-c100

Key things to also remember.....

- seat post should be about an inch lower than with ?more conventional? saddles;
- start at horizontal ? top side of nose parallel to level ground ? for starters;
- clamp within the MAX-MAX scale printed on the rails;
- distance between saddle nose tip and the handlebars = tip of your middle finger to your elbow.... at least for starters, but this is usually the best;
- at 3 o?clock pedal position your knee should be directly above the pedal axle.

Thereafter, adjust saddle angle up or down according to how much or how little you want to feel the nose. Very tiny adjustments make big differences in feel, so one notch at a time on the clamp ratchet.


John Kenney


RIDO cycle saddles
Reply Stephen Peel - Cycling Around the World
10:45 AM on March 29, 2017 
First day and a little 10 mile ride on tarmac.

It's an unusual sitting position for sure, and an unusual looking saddle, but, wearing boxer-shorts and tracksuit bottoms, I set off.

The boxer shorts stayed pretty much were they were, and I found very light pressure on the perineum area. Where my butt touched the odd shaped sit bone pads, I felt pain and the start of what could be chaffing.

I expected this though, as this is the first ride on the saddle and it only stands to reason that my constant shifting of my butt while trying to find a comfortable spot, would cause a little discomfort.

I got off the bike and my boxers were still not riding up between my bits, so that was good. The saddle had slipped backwards and might explain why I couldn't feel settled. I returned home and put some stretchy rubberized electrical tape on the rails and re-sat the saddle to help prevent it sliding backwards, I will try again tomorrow.

All in all on the first day, its seem promising.