BiSaddle:  Best Shock Absorber of a Seat

BiSaddle:  Best Shock Absorber of a Seat

By Michael Maxon
Omaha Police Department

Ed.’s Note:  This review was posted to Bycycle website and submitted to IPMBA News by BiSaddle inventor Jim Bombardier.  Permission to re-post was granted by the author.

My initial BiSaddle impression was, “Well, this can’t be any worse than the best seat I’ve had.”  I selected the steel frame with elastomer pads because I’m cheap and weight is not an issue as I carry stuff with me.  The elastomer is supposed to be firmer and since I’m no lightweight, it seemed like the best idea.  I weigh 205, carry a backpack weighing 10-15lbs, and ride a Trek 4300 mountain bike with 1.5” road tires.

My first ride with BiSaddle was the 16-mile OWL night ride in Omaha on July 16, 2011.  At first, it was difficult to keep from shifting about since it felt fairly weird, but I soon realized I was just shifting around because that’s what I’ve been doing for 20 years on an uncomfortable perch of a seat.  The next day, the only soreness I noticed was in the backs of my legs, just under the seat.  I had been trying to scoot back too far the whole time and therefore was putting pressure on the muscle. 

The lack of balance or control from the non-existent saddle nose was apparent at first, but then I realized I only had to change a bit of positioning to keep the seat where I needed it.  When mounting up, I instinctively use the saddle nose to push against the clipped-in leg until the other side is in, so I just had to pay attention to what I was doing. 

Control while riding wasn’t even an issue.  In fact, when I leaned forward, aero-style, with my hands out front and forearms on my handlebars, the seat was more comfortable on my hamstrings than the edges of a normal saddle.  Since the seat contacts my legs higher up than normal, I am actually more solid in that position.  I think that out-of-the-saddle technical work will require good technique and less slop from the rider.  Not a big deal if you’re as good as you think you are…

Monday’s ride to work was 17 miles.  I angled the seat back a bit and narrowed the rear section a pinch.  It still felt really strange but it is getting better.  The sore spots are pretty much history.  There is no discomfort/borderline pain.  I don’t feel like I rode but a couple of miles.

As with any new piece of equipment, this will take some adjustments.  I was skeptical about this thing and surely didn’t want to drop $93.80 (with shipping) on just a seat.  At this point I feel how the seat works and there is definitely no destructive pressure.  Normally, my right toes go numb within 10 minutes; that’s not happening. 

One giant bonus is that since nothing is under the junk, I’ll never get another kick there when hitting a pavement seam, stick, stray cat, or whatever.  That alone is worth the price.  This is the best shock absorber of a seat ever.  An additional bonus – ventilation since there’s nothing in the middle to block the breeze!

Thank you, Jim!

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Michael Maxon is an Administrative Assistant III, Uniform Patrol Bureau, Deputy Chief’s Office, of the Omaha Police Department.  He can be reached at michael.maxon@ci.omaha.ne.us.

(c) 2012 IPMBA.  This review appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of IPMBA News.

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