You know that saying, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? Well, it applies to saddles. Perhaps no other single piece of cycling equipment inspires more debate, or elicits such a broad spectrum of opinions and choices than the key interface between bike rider and bicycle. Indeed, the saddle is arguably the most individual bicycle component. What is as comfortable as a La-Z-boy for one rider is a literal pain in the butt for another.

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  1. Is it possible to know if a saddle will be comfortable right away or do you need to actually go on a ride to see how it feels?

  2. 100% satisfaction garantees what does it mean? If I buy a saddle and go for a long ride and do not find it suitable for me will I be able to change it with an other one?

  3. "While 'horned or nosed' (bicycle seats with a horn or nose)
    bicycle saddles with troughs, grooves, or center cut-outs may feel
    better because the internal penis fits into this area, the nerve and
    blood supplies to the penis lie along the sides of the internal penis,
    therefore the pressure on these key structures actually increases along
    the edges of the trough restricting blood flow. Grooved, cutout designs
    may not be better, and may be worse, than a solid saddle nosed seat."
    Dr. Steve Schrader of NIOSH

    J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2005 Sep;45(3):409-18:

    Effect of bike seat design on transcutaneous penile oxygen pressure.

    Cohen JD, Gross MT.
    Program in Human Movement Science, Department of Allied Health
    Sciences, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
    NC.
    AIM: To determine the reliability of monitoring
    penile transcutaneous oxygen (tpO2) during cycling, and to assess the
    influence of Bike Seat design and cycling position on tpO2.
    METHODS: Experimental design: repeated measures
    analysis of the effects of bicycle seat design and riding position on
    tpO2 values. Participants: 31 male cyclists between the ages of 20 and
    50 years. Subject inclusion criteria: averaged approx. 80 miles of road
    bicycling per week during the 2 months prior to enrollment; no history
    of vascular disease, diabetes, or sexual dysfunction; and had an
    erection within 15 days prior to study.
    MEASURES: mean tpO2 values were calculated for seated and standing positions using 3 current bike seat designs.
    RESULTS: Seat design had no significant effect on
    tpO2 values. Seated cycling significantly reduced tpO2 levels compared
    with standing cycling.

    Mean percent decreases in tpO2 from standing to seated cycling were; Vetta 76%, Terry 73%, and Specialized 62%.
    CONCLUSION: None of the bike seats exhibited any significant ability to spare penile tpO2.

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