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In an aerodynamic position on the bike, you greatly reduce the resistance to progress because of minor friction with the air, compared to a normal position, from rest. The aerodynamic drag increases in proportion to progress than the square of the speed at which a cyclist advances; in other words if doubling my forward speed (for example from 15 Km/h to 30 Km/h), drag it doubles, it quadruples!!. Therefore keep proper aerodynamic position is all the more important as the walking speed.

However a good aerodynamic position in terms implies a posture less comfortable and less efficient respiratory level and circulatory level. It was observed that in aerodynamic position tends to decrease blood flow involving the lower limbs due to the high compression that you produce on soprasella. This reduction of blood flow (and lymph) is strongly sustainable if you adopt a saddle fit, designed and built just for so-called aerodynamic structures.

This is the case for example of saddles ISM (ideal seat modification) for which he has been a very interesting test conducted at the University of Hamburg. These details without saddles "nose" and particularly anatomic shape showed, compared to traditional saddles, allowing the rider to keep aerodynamic positions without producing compressions that reduce the circulatory flow in the lower limbs.

Here are some details about the result of tests conducted on these terrific seats.

April 4, 2009 New Article by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  Here's an interesting read on the health benefits of no-nose saddles vs. traditional saddles.

On September 5, 2006 we traveled to the University of Hamburg to have the new Adam Road saddle and the Adamo Racing saddle tested by noted German urologist Dr. Frank Sommer. At the conclusion of the testing Dr. Sommer was pleased with our results and congratulated Steve on his design and achievements. Dr. Sommer stated, "A saddle where there is hardly any blood loss. Which is excellent to preserve sexuality and for preventing erectile dysfunction. "

Why are we so confident the ISM ™ is a medically superior seat?

On an annual basis, bicycle riding involves several hundred million people worldwide. Studies have linked perineal pressure caused by straddling traditional bicycle seats to numbness, urinary tract and yeast infections, prostate inflammation and impotence. For male riders, in addition to the discomfort and numbness associated with a traditional saddle, there is an increased susceptibility to restricted blood flow, which can lead to arterial occlusion and permanent erectile dysfunction. For women, the restricted blood flow and hardening of the genital arteries can lead to an inability to reach orgasm. It has been found that as little as 11% of a person's body weight can compress the genital artery!

In November 2004, Steve Toll took the ISM ™ to Germany, to be tested by Dr. Frank Sommer at the University of Cologne.  Dr. Sommer is a noted expert in the area of arterial occlusion resulting from bicycle saddles.

While normal testing involves a 15-minute ride on a saddle, the test using the ISM ™ was discontinued after 12 minutes.  Why?  Dr. Sommer commented, "It doesn't get any better than this."  In fact, blood flow in the perineum area remained at 100% throughout the test with the ISM ™, a mark rarely seen in bicycle saddle testing.

In addition, Dr. Sommer's prior research has indicated that some saddles restrict blood flow in the perineum area by as much as 95% within the first minute of a ride.  Other studies indicate that such restriction over a long period can result in permanent erectile damage.

The ISM ™ is a first-of-its-kind seat.  If a family is in your future, or you're simply tired of the pain and discomfort associated with a traditional saddle, rest your bones on the ISM ™.  It's better for you medically.


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