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Better Biking Through Science
May 11, 2011; by Deanna Darr
“Valley resident builds a better bike seat.
Rutherford’s website even includes medical scans showing improved blood flow in riders’, um, seats, compared to a standard bike seat–especially for men’s “soft tissue.” – read full article
Seat takes pain out of cycling: by CRAIG HILL
Last updated: December 12th, 2011 11:41 AM (PST)
It was on the Narrows Bridge more than two decades ago that Jeri Rutherford first starting thinking it was time to change the world one butt at a time.
She was commuting home to Gig Harbor when she was hit from behind by another car, the third time she’d been rear-ended on the bridge.
“I thought there should be fewer cars on the road,” Rutherford, 53, said. “If only more people rode their bikes, but I know that most people don’t ride their bikes because it’s uncomfortable.”
She finally decided it was time to do something about that when she experienced her own bout of seat discomfort in 2004 during a 400-mile ride from Boise to the Pacific Ocean.
After the ride she bought a welding torch and helmet and got to work. Over the next seven years she made more than 40 prototypes before coming up with what she calls the Carbon Comfort Saddle.
The 13.8-ounce seats have a carbon fiber base plate and Kevlar reinforced cover that allows the seat to conform to the rider while absorbing road chatter. Additionally, the seats are wider and shorter than traditional bike saddles.
Her company, RideOut Technologies, received a patent for the design and has sold more than $100,000 worth of seats this year. The seats sell for $85-$95 at www.rideouttech.com.
Holly Ulfers, a bonding agent from Bellevue, tried the Carbon Comfort Saddle shortly after buying a new bike in September. She read about the seat in a Seattle business publication.
“I was a little disappointment I couldn’t try (the seat) out first (at a bike shop),” Ulfers said. “Then I said ‘What the heck’ and decided to give it a try. When it arrived I went on a 15-mile ride and I didn’t feel a thing. No pain anywhere. Not even a little discomfort. I was pretty impressed.”
With winter arriving, Ulfers put her old bike on the trainer so she could ride inside, too. After her first ride on her old bike, and her old seat, she noticed a huge difference.
“It was pretty uncomfortable,” Ulfers said. “The difference was night and day. There is no way I could keep riding on that.”
So she ordered a second saddle.
Ulfers’ husband was so impressed by her results that he’s been threatening to swipe one of the seats for himself, she said.
“So we might be ordering a third one pretty soon.”
Geoffrey and Ruth Dick of Orlando, Fla., bought a RideOut saddle for the rear of their tandem bike. They heard about it from other cyclists.
“We have tried a slew of very expensive seats … over the years,” Geoffrey Dick said via email. “My wife is certain that the RideOut saddle is the most comfortable to date.”
Most cyclists are apt to get out of the saddle on longer rides to ease seat discomfort. But on a tandem, the person in the stoker (rear) position will have a hard time standing unless both cyclists are pedaling hard and leaning forward simultaneously. Dick says he and his wife ride at a relaxed pace that prohibits the rear rider from standing.
Ruth says the RideOut saddle makes it easier to ride in the seated position for longer periods.
After spending thousands of dollars to invent the seat, this is precisely what Rutherford likes to hear.
“Doctors tell us that bicycling is a great activity for us, but so many of us don’t do it because it’s uncomfortable,” said Rutherford, who now lives in Boise. “And most car trips are less than five miles. Maybe more people would ride their bikes if they were more comfortable.
“That’s how I want to help people.”
Bicycle Seats – Carbon Comfort News:
Originally published on IndustryOutsider.com on 07/01/2011
RideOut Technologies Update
The wait is finally over. My husband saw the prototype of the RideOut Technologies Carbon Comfort Saddle at Interbike 2009, and I’ve finally got one of my own, with the pink trim. For the technical details, click here. If you want to know what it’s like to actually ride, continue reading.
Let me point out that I’m not an expert cyclist. I don’t own spandex shorts or fancy shoes. I like to ride on bike paths and after dinner rides with my family, but my old seat got uncomfortable on longer rides. That’s why I have been looking forward to trying out this new seat.
The promise of more comfort is hard to resist.
My first impression was that it’s a bit funny looking, in a cute way. Shorter than a regular seat, and wider. The pink is a darker shade than it’s rendered in the photo below, and I prefer it over the standard green trim. The color doesn’t really matter when you’re sitting on it, though, only the comfort does. We spent quite a bit of time sorting out the correct height and angle adjustment. Since this is not your regular seat, Jeri from RideOut was kind enough to provide these instructions to help us get started: “Lower the seat post ½ inch, slide the seat to mid position and raise or bring the handle bars back toward the rider a ½ inch or so. Tilt the seat very slightly down.” That gave us a good starting point, and a few trips around the block confirmed the correct position.
Now that I’ve ridden it over the last few weeks, I can confirm that it is definitely more comfortable than my old seat. Short rides are a breeze, and I have the confidence to tackle longer rides without the fear of having a sore butt for days afterward. It wasn’t exactly a day and night difference, and certainly took a little while to get used to, but it’s a noticeable improvement over the seat my bike came with, and one that is appreciated. This is not a life-changing breakthrough, but certainly makes bike riding more enjoyable. That was the goal of this product, and in my opinion, it has succeeded.
I’d like to thank Jeri from RideOut for providing this opportunity to review her product. While she sent us the seat on an evaluation basis, we’ll be purchasing it outright, rather than return it. If you’ve tried everything else, and can’t seem to stay pain-free when cycling, I suggest you give the RideOut Technologies Carbon Comfort Saddle a try yourself. They offer a risk-free 30 day comfort guarantee too!
– Mrs. Outsider