looks like the adamo camp is well presented thanks for the comments. I was also thinking of simply cutting the nose off a normal saddle and seeing if that might work... maybe a bit of foam added over the edge for comfort - held in place with duct tape of course... call me cheap if you like. anyway - this self build thing is becoming more appealing by the minute. When I get my new shed I can spend all of my winter evenings there tinkering with my prototypes...
The zip tie across the front gap sounds good as it should maintain some of the stiffness of the saddle as well.
oh yea, the cost is actually in US dollars - $465... not in pounds (still too expensive though)
I have recently completed my first season as a triathlete, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it all. I mainly did sprints, but also completed two olympic distance events. As a requirement for any triathlete, a certain amount of time in the saddle is expected. It's all good and proper if you get on with your saddle. However, if your relationship with your saddle has become somewhat strained and you seem to rub each other the wrong way - what to do? (sorry I'll stop the puns now).
As far as I am aware, lots of us struggle with chafing and even numbess in certain areas. It is not something that is excruciating but enough to make me feel that I could do without the discomfort. I notice this more when in Aero position - it can actually be quite painful in around the 'nads.
I saw at a race recently someone with a very minimal saddle. It looked like two ice cream sticks next to each other. Since then I have found out that this particular saddle is a Dash Tri 7 saddle. I would love to order one, but the only problem is that it costs £465 + shipping + import duties - Let's face it, I baulk at being asked to cough up around £300 for a saddle (I could almost buy a set of wheels for that). I know they do a trial programme, yet there would still be the added costs of shipping and duties to be paid. The reasons why a noseless saddle might be a good idea are to me purely anatomical, as the best contact points between the saddle and the body are the ischial tuberosities (sitting bones) not the soft bits between those and the pubic symphysis, where the nose of the saddle tends to dig into. The argument about reduced handling is relatively arbitrary with TT bikes, as there is relatively little requirement to weave around sharp bends like you would on a mountain bike.
My question is, that has someone come across something similar but more credit card friendly? Are there any other manufacturers out there who make these? If not, does anyone know a carbon fibre artisan (not sure what they are called) who could make me one?
looking forward to the torrent of helpful answers and/or botty related puns and bad jokes.
i am also doing the Marlow sprint in a couple of weeks and could do with a bit of encouragement. I used to live close by in maidenhead and worked in Marlow, and I don't recall the river being very fast there... but may be wrong. They are also doing a beginner oriented event just upstream in Henley on the same morning. I suppose if the currents are expected to be strong they wouldn't market the event for beginners... would they?
Hiya, yea the vibrams may have irritated it. I think it was most likely on its way anyway, but running in vibrams requires a heck of a lot of strength - my longest runs in vibrams and other barefoot shoes are only about 10km. You need to build it up gradually and be patient - in the end (after 12-18 months) you will have your result. I work around west London, and don't know the chiropractors personally up your way, but good place to start is the BCSC (British council for sports chiropractic) website where they list all the members. I think it would be a good idea to visit one soon so your healing can get started.
ITB issues are something I work with every day. As per usual, the problems tend to be caused by a combination of insufficient flexibility and poor technique. My first recommendation is to visit a sports chiropractor (as they can physically loosen up the joints of the legs) and then start looking at your flexibility and running technique. Often times the underlying cause may an ankle sprain in the past, even years ago, which has led to prgoressive joint stiffness and muscle over activation. To completely sort out the problem will take a few months, but when done properly you will not only run injury free, but also with much greater efficiency and enjoyment. In this regard, the various products and specialised shoes are there to try and mask the problem rather than really to address the cause at fundamental level.