Boise Inventor Develops Comfier Bike Seat
July 16, 2013 2:00 am • By Joe Cadotte — firstname.lastname@example.org
TWIN FALLS • Jeri Rutherford was riding her bicycle from Boise to the coast, enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Northwest, riding among mountains and forests. But the pain was so bad she had to walk her bike for miles down the highway until the agony subsided.
“Even though I rode regularly, I was on the best saddle I could find, it just became unbearable and I was like, ‘This sucks; this hurts,’ and I thought I was going to have to give it up. Why can’t they just make a comfortable seat?” the Boise inventor said.
She decided to invent a bicycle seat that doesn’t hurt. That was 10 years ago. It took seven years for her Green Carbon Comfort Bike Seat to go to production, but it was worth it, she said.
SET IN THE SADDLE: BOISE INVENTOR DEVELOPS BIKE SEAT SHE PROMISES WILL GIVE A MORE COMFORTABLE RIDE
“I’m a food scientist with a riding problem. I’m not an engineer. I just like to ride,” she said. “I had this idea that maybe I would make this comfortable bike seat thinking, ‘Oh, this is going to be very easy.’ It took me 50 prototypes of trying all kinds of different things before I actually got to the point where it was a product that people loved.”
Since being picked up by bicycle seat manufacturing giant Velo in 2010, Rutherford sold thousands of her comfort seats worldwide with distributors in Canada and Brazil. Philadelphia and Chicago police departments replaced their bike seats with her design, she said.
Rutherford’s seat is made with Kevlar and has a reinforced undercarriage that absorbs shock.
“It spreads your body weight appropriately around the entire seat instead of just right there, mainly because this is carbon fiber and it absorbs road shock so you never go numb,” she said. “If you’re set up right, you get off the bike because your legs can’t peddle anymore, not because your butt hurts.”
There’s no seat like it in the world “and if there is, we have a patent infringement issue,” Rutherford said.
Rutherford has humble upbringings, she was a high school dropout and now, in addition to being an inventor, runs her own corporate training company.
“I’m terribly dyslexic and I’m a high school dropout. I’m not what people would think of as your classic inventor but to follow your thoughts and your heart is worth it and everybody should do it once.”
Rutherford’s bike seats can be found at Cycle Therapy in Twin Falls. A full line of her bike accessories can be found at www.rideouttech.com