A Tale of Pelvic Asymmetry in Cycling

Background

Riding with an Asymmetric Pelvis

Finding a General Solution

(Left) A photo of the ischial lift Ken used, and (right) the ischial lift placed on Ken’s saddle.

Finding An Appropriate Saddle Solution

A. Natural Bias

B. Saddle Asymmetry Implementation

C. Testing Methodology & Required Resources

D. Skills and Required Resources

  1. Meld ships Ken a few pieces of padding, of various thicknesses
  2. Ken temporarily sticks different combinations of padding onto his existing saddle, takes a few test rides, and determines an acceptable difference in height between the two sides of his saddle
  3. Meld designs a symmetrical saddle shell based on Ken’s anatomy, but increases padding thickness on one side accordingly

Trial-and-Error Using Temporary Padding

Temporary padding added to existing saddle

Saddle Design and Construction

  1. Capturing of his anatomy’s imprint using an impression foam. The rear view of the imprint’s cross section shows almost no difference in depth between the sitbones, likely due to natural bias
  2. Scanning of the foam to digitize the imprint
  3. Generation of the shell model from the digital imprint
  4. Manufacturing of the saddle
(Left) Ken’s digitized imprint, (right) rear view of imprint, showing similar sitbone depths

Short Term, Long Term Experiences

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