The most reliable and effective way to choose the correct saddle is to measure the pressure on the saddle while riding. The information and data measured enables the bike fitter to quickly evaluate how the tissues are being loaded and discuss potential causes and concerns with the rider. With a benchmark the bike fitter can quickly and quantifiably assess a range of solutions to improve the saddle connection. Without pressure measurement the bike fitter and rider have no way to evaluate potential problems and quantify solutions.
We use pressure mapping in our bike fits and saddle fits to provide riders live dynamic data and feedback to educate them on position and equipment.
Benefits of Pressure mapping
Fast and easy to attain information
Evaluate rider connection with their bike seat
Educate the rider on how they connect and potential bicycle saddle problems
Quantify solutions and provide real feedback
Select appropriate saddle faster by eliminating guess work.
More about Pressure mapping
Saddle problems are common in cycling and most cyclists will experience a saddle related problem at some point. Excess saddle pressure results in discomfort, poor stability, numbness and soreness where the rider connects with the saddle. Many riders may be asymptomatic at the saddle connection, however they may not be appropriately supported which can lead to problems above or below the pelvis. Selecting a saddle which reduces saddle pressure, distributes the pressure away from the soft tissue and better supports the skeltal system improves a riders connection with the bike. We have integrated pressure mapping in our bike fitting and saddle selection process as an evaluation tool to quantify outcomes, remove bias and reduce the trial an error throughout the bike fit process.
Many riders can find a bike position that enables good mechanics and power, however they suffer contact discomfort and the hands, feet and saddle. While motion capture provides feedback on alignment and joint ranges during cycling, it is unable to evaluate how changes affect the spoort and distribution of loads on the body. It's possible to have what is a great bike fit in terms of motion analysis only to learn that the riders support and pressure distribution is inappropriate.
Jet Cycles was the first Australian bike fit studio and only bicycle store to integrate live pressure mapping as part of the analysis in their bike fit process. This means our riders receive the same level of technology and information during their bike fit that world leading saddle manufacturers use during the research and development of bike fit related products.
Pressure mapping is integrated into our bike fit, shoe fit and saddle fit services to provide objective feedback to on equipment and position changes at the rider interface enabling us to make precise adjustments and interventions to determine your riding position, saddle selection, in shoe stability and cleat setup.