If you don't have them then there is not much point in you reading any further! In fact you probably don't want to so go away now!
A little History
I have been riding about 2 1/2 years and have ridden over 31,500 km's but I am sure this story will be similar to some people who have ridden much less. For several years now I have been concerned with issues pointing to the well known problems with the prostate men seem to suffer as they march beyond 50 years old. To keep it a little less graphic I will just say its like some bastard is standing on the garden hose causing problems emptying the tank! I have spent several years having extra exams, blood tests for PSA and ultrasounds. The doctor came to the conclusion I had a slightly enlarged prostate and had referred me to the urology clinic at Daws road Repat hospital. Not that it helped because I was set as a low priority which means I am about 2 1/2 years down the waiting list before I am due to get some tests to see if there really is a problem, sigh!
ISM Adamo Saddle's
Anyway, something happened recently that mixed things up a little, I won an ISM Adamo saddle on a Chain Reaction promotional competition! I was notified that I had won and was asked which model I wanted? I found they had 9 different models so I decided to do some quick research. Suddenly, I had my eyes opened! These saddles claimed to provide some relief of various symptoms some of which seemed a little familiar! Their original design seemed to be biased towards racing and provided good relief for those riding TT a lot. They then produced one called "Road" which seemed biased towards those riding on the hoods more than the TT or drop bars then they diversified from there to a total of 9 models!
The Road for me!
I chose the ISM Adamo "Road" model as it seemed to suit my riding. Whats the difference? Well, the saddle basically has the beak chopped off making it like a double prong at the front taking the pressure of where it need to be!
Its been pointed out to me that it looks more like a toy from a Star Wars collection!
Why Am I Telling You All This?
Because after riding on this saddle for 275 km's in the past 8 days I have noticed a big difference in my "Prostate" symptoms! Now, I know, this is not a good study, trial, test or anything close to scientific but I am impressed!
These saddles are around $200 on special online and I an frugal with my money so under normal circumstances I would never buy one of these but, I am seriously considering buying one for my second bike! After one week I have been given so much relief from using this saddle!
It hasn't fixed everything, as in all the symptoms but then its been 8 days! I would be happy if what it has done up to now is all I get but suspect over time there will be more improvements.
There Are Issues With these Saddles
First of all, proper bike fit is critical to using one of these. Why, you ask, if not, you should! The saddle is a couple of inches shorter than a regular saddle so there is not the realestate to adjust your position on to get comfortable so you need to get your position right! I am still working on this but have it close based on their recommendations. The second thing is it places a little more pressure on the sit bone. This makes the muscles there a little sore at first but that seems to be easing now. You will notice this extra pressure on the sit bone the most when spinning. I hadn't noticed it on my first few rides which were slow social rides. Today I rode a faster paced group ride in a rotating pace-line for about 50 km's and felt ok so I seem to be adapting to the different pressures already.
Where Can I try One
Whether true or not, I can not say but I have been told by another rider that Avantiplus Salisbury have them to test. If this is untrue the I hope someone will tell me so I can amend this post. I can tell you one thing for sure, your not getting mine to test, I am not giving it up to anyone!
If someone finds a place that has them to test can they please let me know and I will add them to the post!
If just one person who thinks they have prostate problems finds that this post finds that a change of saddle, weather this brand or another, helps them then I will be happy to have written it!
Happy Bike Riding Everyone!
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