Well I went for the Brooks Imperial Flyer, knowing the problems I have with lower half paralysis :-) I felt this was the best option.
Here's a few pics:
|My old saddle!|
|Shiny New Saddle in the box|
|It's on the post!|
Fortunately the saddle required very little adjustment to fit for me, raised the seat post a few inches as it was lower than my gel saddle and adjusted the angle correctly. At this point I was a little worried, this saddle felt hard, it had some give but the logical side of me said this thing is going to hurt...
I took the saddle out for a 20 mile initial test, straight away it just felt right! After 20 miles I was not sore and it felt as comfortable as my Gel Saddle??? Even more pleasing was there was no feeling of pressure in my nether regions something I really suffer with, what a pleasure. I am going to keep riding to break it in Brooks estimate 300 to 500 miles and I will report back. If it is as comfortable long term I will be investing in a second one for my other bike!!
I have just sent a request to see if I can visit the factory to buy one direct and perhaps get to sit on a few models! I will update this post accordingly. I am looking forward to this one!
I haven't managed to get out to the factory yet however I recently went on a ride to Synnerton then Stone in Staffordshire. I hadn't realised the rails on my saddle weren't properly in the seat post. This must have allowed the saddle to rise up. The result was a certain point of my anatomy recieved undue pressure which I just wasn't aware of until I got off the bike to rid myself of some excess water. The upshot was excruciating pain when water pressure tried to force it's way through a pipe with a knot in it.... very very painful.