ISM saddle installed, initial adjustment done; First ride today.
I knew my new ISM Breakaway Saddle would be arriving yesterday, so after my (painful) morning ride, I pulled my old saddle off the bike. When I flipped the saddle over, I saw that one of the seams had split, and the foam padding was pushing out. In fact, a big chunk of the foam had completely dislodged and fallen out a few days ago.
The saddle’s skeleton, which is normally surrounded by that foam padding, is made from very strong and hard plastic; that’s what’s been pressing into my butt for the past week or so.
Just before 3:00 PM I heard the happy sound of the big brown truck rumbling down my street!
I installed the saddle and mounted my bike to my indoor trainer to perform the initial fitting and adjustment. As an aside, apart from its more obvious uses, an indoor trainer is an invaluable tool whenever you need to perform bike fit adjustments. If you’ve ever tried to dial in a saddle while doing an outdoor ride, you know what I mean.
As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, all ISM saddles are of non-traditional design, and they require a different setup than other types of saddles–generally comparatively lower and further back. I found this to be true: I needed to lower my saddle 5mm, and position the seat almost all the way back (but within the allowable range) on the rails. I’m glad I have a setback seatpost, or I would have had to purchase one to get a proper fit.
Here are a few photographs:
I only rode about 3 miles while adjusting the saddle yesterday afternoon, so I may need to do a little more tweaking after a longer ride. I will say that during the initial adjustments I did not find the saddle to be awkward or uncomfortable. Of course that doesn’t mean much, but I was glad that it didn’t feel “weird” to me. I guess I sort of expected it to, as this is a decidedly weird looking saddle!
I’ll post some more thoughts on the saddle once I get some miles on it.