Rido R2 bicycle seat review
Discussion of men’s health issues follows. If you are squeamish then I guess you’ll find out later. Everyone else, read on:
Recently I began to have symptoms of prostatitis. Not the trivial symptoms they talk about on TV commercials, but bloody, disturbing symptoms that make you pick up the phone and call a doctor NOW, and go through painful and invasive tests over a six-week period. The short story is I don’t have prostate cancer but my risk is increased so extra vigilance is necessary.
An enlarged prostate can be damned uncomfortable. I’m taking pills for it but that also means looking for something better than a conventional bicycle seat.
Non-cyclists often think that a softly padded seat is desirable, but it isn’t. The soft padding reduces control of the bike and distributes some of the load into the perineum area where it can damage the penile nerves and blood vessels. This does not cause any immediate pain or discomfort, whereas hard support on the ass-bones, even though harmless, feels a bit uncomfortable. So until recently some experienced riders found themselves “asking their doctors” about the little blue pills.
Prevention is better than cure of course. In the 1990′s bicycle seats for men were redesigned to reduce (but not eliminate) this hazard. My old bicycle seat had a well-designed “groove” whose function is quite obvious. But another, less well-known effect of a conventional bicycle seat is discomfort for guys with prostate trouble. So I needed something more advanced. I looked at noseless bicycle seats but some riders found they reduced control of the bike. That may not apply to all riders – my balance is pretty damned good – but I thought for a first iteration I’d try an advanced-design seat with a long nose.
The Rido R2 is designed to support the body on the pelvic bones without allowing any pressure on the perineum. It is a hard seat; those “pads” are made of an extremely dense foam material. The long nose can be angled downward somewhat and because of the pelvic elevation from the pads, the perineum is isolated from any mechanical pressure. While the ass-bone pressure is increased the more important prostate pressure is gone which makes riding far more comfortable for someone with my condition. The seat works as well as a conventional seat regarding cycle control.
Update 1: After two weeks of use, I’d rate the Rido R2 A+ for control, about a B+ for comfort and B for pressure reduction. Experienced riders will not have any problem with it but anyone expecting a cushy couch will be disappointed. It’s appearance is fairly conventional which does matter a bit. Naturally I want that A+ seat in all respects so I will be trying other seats and reviewing them here.
Update 2: After six weeks of use, I am definitely going to try a different seat. Probably the Selle SMP TRK or the Phenom TI Gel saddle from Specialized. Neither are inexpensive but it’s a choice between a better seat and not riding.
- REI bicycle seat design page
- I got this one for forty bucks on eBay.
- When you read comment sections on cycling forums, it is quickly obvious that a lot of guys are very uncomfortable with the idea of any seat designed to protect their sexual function. I mean, they get really angry at the idea, which is weird. Guys, unless Ma and Pa Kent lifted you out of a little spacecraft from the planet Krypton as an infant, you are vulnerable. I bet even Superman uses a bicycle seat with a deep groove, just to set a good example.