The quest for the ultimate seat becomes technical, with saddle maker Prologo’s launch of its My Own saddle fitting service.
Getting the right saddle has always been a haphazard process, with cyclists often just continuing to ride the saddle supplied when they bought their bike. Buying a replacement is often based on friends’ recommendations, qualitative assessments on saddle manufacturers’ websites or at best a test ride of saddles offered by the local bike shop.
A couple of months ago, we covered Endura’s system to ensure that the seatpad in your shorts matched the width of your sitbones and your riding position. Now Prologo has launched a four step system to ensure that you are sitting on the right saddle for your anatomy.
The promotional video from Prologo shows Peter Sagan and Ivan Basso from team Tinkoff-Saxo being measured up. Sagan laconically states that the process gets the result he would expect – which we would hope to be the case, given the effort expended to keep the pros as comfortable as possible.
Trained Prologo dealers start off by determining your riding style: road, off-road, triathlon and more. You can also select a “Woman” and an “Enthusiastic” option.
The next step is to sit on a box which sets your thighs roughly horizontal and records an impression of where your sitbones rest on a gel pad. The colour of the gel changes to reflect the point of greatest pressure, which is measured to determine the breadth of the bones in your posterior. This is typically up to 3cm wider in women than in men but can vary considerably within the sexes.
After this, flexibility is measured with a digital angle measurement device. The rider leans forward until they touch the ground, whilst sitting on the measuring box. The angle of the base of the spine is measured and input into the My Own programme.
Calculating the rider’s body mass index (BMI) from their height and weight allows Prologo to determine how much weight will be resting on the saddle and thus the saddle shape and degree of padding required.
All the data captured during this process, when entered into Prologo’s software, allows them to recommend the best saddle for your physique and riding style. With 33 different saddles to choose from, there should be something for more-or-less everyone.