Frequently Asked Questions
There are many benefits of a Hobson seat compared to a conventional bike seat. See chart below.
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It is generally defined as the surface region in both males and females between the pubic symphysis and the coccyx. The perineum is the region of the body inferior to the pelvic diaphragm and between the legs. It is a diamond-shaped area on the inferior surface of the trunk which includes the anus and, in females, the vagina. Its definition varies: it can refer to only the superficial structures in this region, or it can be used to include both superficial and deep structures. It is an erogenous zone for both males and females. Perineal tears and episiotomy often occur in childbirth with first time deliveries, but the risk of these injuries can be reduced by preparing the perineum, e.g. through massage.
The perineum corresponds to the outlet of the pelvis.
A wide variety of slang terms (such as the "taint") are commonly used for this area of the human body, but they generally refer to a smaller, less inclusive area -- just the surface skin region between the anus and the testicles or vagina.
The anogenital distance is a measure of the distance between the anus and the base of the penis or vagina. Studies show that the human perineum is twice as long in males as in females. Measuring the anogenital distance in neonatal humans has been suggested as a noninvasive method to determine male feminisation and thereby predict neonatal and adult reproductive disorders.
Reference Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perineum
Most newer bikes have a seat attachment piece (clamp) as a standard feature atop the seat post . This accommodates any bike seat that attaches to the seat post via two rails which run along the 'under-side' of the seat, just like your new Hobson Saddle.
If your bike does not have this attachment on top of your seat post already, Hobson Associates Inc will be happy to supply you with a 7/8" diameter seat clamp at a cost of $5.00 (you are able to order this off our website). To be certain that this clamp will fit your seat post, you will need a 7/8" diameter seat post, which is round or 'pipe-like.'
If you have any difficulties attaching the seat clamp to your new seat, we have a set of illustrated instructions on how to do that on our website under the products tab.
The perineum is the area between the sit bones, through which traverse the nerves and arteries responsible for regulating everything from waste to sexual function.
Agitation or bruising of this area can lead to numbness, incontinence, erectile dysfunction, impotence, bloody urine, and in very rare cases, inflammation of the prostate.
If you experience numbness or discomfort on a regular basis, this is a sign (never too late) to switch to an alternative and more healthy cycling solution, such as our 2 padded Hobson Saddles.
We at Hobson Associates Inc, understand the concerns of avid cyclists, both commuters and competitors. Hence our investing in designing saddles for up-rite (comfort) cycling, as well as semi-erect (racing) type riding.
Most importantly, we're concerned with the safety and comfort of all cyclists.
Riders who fall into the comfort category (including daily commuters) rarely have any concerns for the weight or the design dynamics of the saddle. Most all of these riders simply want the most comfortable saddle and will not stop till they have found it. When it comes down to comfort, placing the riders body weight on the sit-bones is key and that is what we at Hobson Associates pride our selves in.
However, most competitive cyclists are wary (and sometimes even unconcerned) of the medical benefits a saddle provides, when compared with the performance benefits that come with a conventional bike saddle. Certainly, we do not recommend that competitive cyclists use Hobson saddles for any form of competition. Our seats weigh on average 1.5lbs and this additional weight can be the last thing any competitive cyclist wants to lug-along through the course.
However, we at Hobson Associates feel there is some middle ground that can be advantageous to the competitive cyclist, especially while training for the big day!!
Consider using a Hobson Saddle for one or two sessions (per week) on the bike during your training period. We recommend that this be done while cycling long distances at a constant pace, where speed and lightness is not too important. Eliminating this undue stress (weight) off your body could in fact help you arrive on 'race-day', better rested and better prepared minus any numbness or pains in the perineum region of your body.
Give it a go - revolutionize the way you ride!!!
**We recommend the ProHub X2 model in our line up for Road/Racing bikes.