Let’s face it… Americans find themselves sitting more times than not, right? In fact, as I write this, I’m sitting on a chair at the dinning room table. When my wife and I first bought these chairs, they didn’t have cushions on them. They functioned okay and holding us while we sat, but they weren’t comfortable, so we added some seat cushions and now our rears are much happier while sitting eating meals!
I’ve also owned/sat in several different chairs, couches, Lazy Boys, etc. and some of them I just don’t care for, or fixed them to make them more comfortable for sitting and relaxing. Another thing I’ve spent a lot of time sitting on is my bike saddle. I’ve been riding bikes and racing triathlons since I was a teenager. The first bike I got had some cheap saddle on it that functioned (giving me a place to sit on the bike) but it wasn’t comfortable. After about 15 or 20 miles my rear wasn’t happy. At the time, I figured that was just part of riding a bike. Saddle soreness and other things that probably shouldn’t be posted on a blog!
I then moved on a triathlon specific saddle by Selle Italia. It was better but the issue of saddle sores and other unmentionable things still happened, albeit much less. The next bike I purchased had a Fizik saddle on it. In my opinion, I took a step back as far as comfort. But again, I figured it was just part of the sport. I had a hard time staying in the aerobars due to the discomfort. Finally, I had the revolutionary idea of finding a saddle that worked for me and was comfortable. I discovered the John Cobb V-Flow Plus and have been riding it for several years (probably about 4 year now). I have never… no exaggeration… never… had a problem with it. It was comfortable from day one and due to the memory foam in the saddle, it only got better. One thing I learned about these saddles recently during the Maverick Multisport Preseason camp is that the saddles that Cobb designs have a naturally swirling air pocket that forms under the saddle that basically acts as an air conditioner to keep your under area nice and dry (which keeps the skin from breaking down).
So… if you’re riding a saddle that doesn’t feel well, I encourage you to make the switch to a Cobb Saddle. They have a guide on their website to help you find the best saddle for you. Just like the chair I am sitting on wasn’t comfortable and I found a solution for it, there is a solution for your saddle not being comfortable. If you’re not comfortable, how can you be fast?
If you are interested in purchasing one, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a coupon code for 5% off and free shipping.