Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Does Your Saddle Work For You? "Getting to the Bottom of it"

Sure you know how your sit bones are shaped from the lateral aspect! Now go buy that cool looking saddle that x,y,z brands say you need, the one they pay and your hero rides, the one that doesn't fit you!

A lot of the pro's are paid to suffer on a given brand of saddle. You don't have to!

Your sit bones come in all types of shapes and sizes and they can change. This area holds most of your weight, so you better get it right. It is very easy to get the wrong saddle and it is not just about the width like some claim.

From the lateral aspect (side view) it looks like a "rocking chair" and the rockers don't have to be the same on both sides.

The hip bone is formed from the fused ilium, ischium, and pubis. The ilium is a broad fan-shaped bone, joined to the other two at the acetabulum. The long axis of the sinuous iliac crest is almost at 90 degrees to the axis through the ischium and pubis. The Ischium and pubis are fused with each other and with the ilium at the acetabulum. They are also joined to each other by the ischiopubic ramus. The acetabulum is a deep cup-shaped fossa in the lateral aspect of the hip bone, which articulates with the head of the femur.

The ilium forms about two-fifths of the acetabulum and is expanded superiorly to form the slightly sinuous fan-shaped ala. The ala has gluteal and pelvic surfaces separated by the iliac crest superiorly and by anterior and posterior borders. Its gluteal surface gives attachment to muscles of the lower limb. The medial surface has a posterior sacropelvic component and an anteriorly situated iliac fossa.

The ischium forms the posterior inferior part of the hip bone. The body of the ischium forms two-fifths of the acetabulum. It is expanded inferiorly to form the ischial tuberosity. Its posterior border bears a conical ischial spine, which separates the greater and lesser sciatic notches. The ischial ramus passes forwards from the ischial tuberosity to join the inferior pubic ramus, forming the inferior boundary of the obturator foramen.

WN is getting to the bottom of it, not selling you hype, not guessing from the outside!
This is not a static device, this is the real deal, real time!

WN science can tell you which saddle is spot on while you pedal!

This is a saddle that caused one of our pro's, Sue Butler, to have back pain!
The saddle was making causing her to shift her weight to the right.

The pain went away when Sue threw the wrong brand, wrong saddle shape, away for a new saddle that same day!

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