Position One has Patented a triathlon position specific chamois pad in various shapes; and positioned in the correct location in shorts, cycling bibs and tri-suits to eliminate saddle sores while riding in the aero position.
Until now, riders had had to utilize chamois pads that were/are designed for road bikes and riders riding upright, rather than in the forward, aero position.
Since the invention of big wheel bicycles in the 1800s, modern bicycles have evolved from primarily being used as a mode of transportation to being utilized in various athletic endeavors. However, despite this evolution, the overall geometry of the modern road bicycle has largely remained the same over this time.
In particular, modern road bicycles have included a seat tube angle between 72-74 degrees for over one hundred years. This geometry means that riders rest on their ischial tuberosity – more commonly known as the “sit bones.” This orientation is generally comfortable for short, recreational rides. However, it can lead to substantial discomfort and injuries (e.g., saddle sores) when it comes to longer rides, which have become increasingly popular. For example, races around the world include endurance segments lasting multiple weeks where competitors ride between 100-150 miles per day.
In light of this issue, there has been substantial research into how to reduce discomfort and injuries. This research and development has largely focused on new types of bicycle seats. There are now hundreds of seats to choose from, including varying sizes, shapes, as well as cushioning materials and coverings.
However, the seat tube angles used in bicycles manufactured worldwide have largely remained the same 72-74 degrees.
While the seat undoubtedly plays a critical role improving a rider’s comfort, it is not the only tool at a rider’s disposal. A parallel industry has also risen around the development of clothing for bicycle riding. In particular, clothing that includes padding designed to reduce discomfort a rider may experience. This padding, which is generally sewn into riding shorts, is known as a chamois. While new seat and chamois designs have helped ease some of the discomfort riders experience, they are all designed around the geometry of a road bike. In other words, a bike with a seat tube angle between 72-74 degrees. These are not ideal, however, for riders who ride on other types of bikes and in other types of riding positions.
Tri-bikes were first invented in 1988, and have a different geometry from road bikes. The seat tube angle of a tri-bike is substantially steeper compared to a road bike. In particular, tri-bikes have seat tube angles ranging between 79-82 degrees (compared to the 72-74 degrees employed in road bikes). This steeper seat tube angle allows riders to more easily rotate their hips forward into what is known as the aero riding position. Despite the aero position being a popular choice for triathletes, it often leads to increased discomfort and saddle sores. As an athlete rotates their pelvic sit bones to get into the desired aero position, the athlete no longer sits anatomically in the traditional place that road bike seats and riding shorts chamois are designed for. There has been significant development of new seat designs intended to accommodate the aero position, there has not been similar development of new chamois design to ease discomfort in the aero position.
Until now, riders have had to utilize chamois that are designed for a road bike and riders riding upright, rather in than in the forward, aero position. This leaves a substantial portion of the chamois located behind the rider’s pressure points, causing discomfort and saddle sores.
Creating the Pain Zone
A need existed for a chamois suitable for use by riders who ride in the aero position. Now you have it - a pad that fits triathlon saddles.
Our Patented Aero Pad
No More Pain Zone
Don't hate your saddle - Fix your pad!!
Position One Patented a chamois pad in various shapes and positioned in the correct location in shorts, cycling bibs and tri-suits to eliminate saddle sores while riding in the aero position.
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