Dr T.B, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Orthopaedic surgeon, age 43, and regularly competes in regional triathlon event
"I bought the original Rido saddle at a point where I was feeling so uncomfortable that I was about to give up bike riding. It changed everything!"
"I'm glad to join what must be a huge list of supporters and endorsers of your product. I bought the original Rido saddle at a point where I was feeling so uncomfortable that I was about to give up bike riding. It changed everything!
The R2 is even better. Your price is extremely fair, even including the shipping to the United States, and you make a product that is an absolute Godsend to cyclists. Thank you so much!"
R.E.W, San Francisco, California, USA
"Have two Rido R2's on our tandem and so far have done 2-300 hundred miles on them. Captain very happy with experience - all the shortcomings of original Rido have been addressed with great success. Stoker trying it out for the first time - I hated the original Rido (my husband used the original Ridos with a gel pad), but the Rido R2, so far, seems good. It is certainly relieving the centre pressure although my sit bones feel it rather hard. (despite suspension seat post). I am sure I will adapt, although you could also consider an additional layer of gel on the pad for the wimps like me! (I would be your first customer and more than willing to road test!)
My husband also has 2 Rido R2's on his solo bikes and likes them there too!"
Mrs L.B, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
"I have been using the RIDO saddle for commuting/leisure - really pleased with it. It looks good and feels really comfortable compared to previous saddles. Thanks."
C.S, Preston Lancashire
"Bought the R2 for my static "spinning" bike on which after 30/35 minutes I would come off barely able to walk and my nether regions looking like I'd been stood outside on a very cold day. I can now comfortably cycle for over an hour and spring off upright and hanging like God intended! I would definitely recommend this saddle to anyone who uses a static cycle. A very small investment in this saddle allows you to get far more out of a very expensive piece of exercise equipment."
A.H, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK
"It is the first saddle (I've tried about 4 until now) that kept away the numbness completely. WIth the other saddles I could only manage a max of 45 minutes"
B.P, Hoorn, Netherlands
"I do practically all of the kinds of cycling you list, except turbo training (have to be outdoors). Love the R2 which I've recently installed on my number 1 bike, not yet tested as far as the R1 on which I completed the Styrkeproven in 21 hours pretty comfortably.
All the best to you and many thanks."
H.L, Crossington, Leicester, UK
"A few months ago, having discovered your internet site, I bought a Rido saddle to test it. I wanted to make an opinion by myself. I was fully satisfied though (except for) the ‘special’ look of that model. At that time, only yellow / blue models were available.
As soon as the R2 model was available, I ordered one. At this moment, I’ve ridden more than 2000 km on both models with a lot of pleasure. I use it on my commuting bike (ORBEA Euskatel replica 2003) and on my mountain bike (VIPER World Cup 2005).
I would like to thank you for having developed that type of saddle. I’ve been riding bikes for so many years on painful saddles that I had to stop for a while. With an average distance of 5000 km per year, I’ve been really hurt by some models. I then commuted on a recumbent bike (CHALLENGE Hurricane), but although that kind of bike is really comfortable, it is very dangerous in the current traffic conditions as it is not really visible by the other motorists.
From now on, I can enjoy again riding ‘normal’ bikes! Thank you very much!
(PS: If you ever need a dealer or importer for your products in Belgium, I’m yours!!)"
M.D, Andenne, Belgium
"The RIDO R2 has been super. My wife and I have enjoyed both. They alleviate much of the strain and pain of biking - especially in comparison to the standard issue seats that are standard equipment on most road and trail bikes."
B.F, Richmond, Virginia, USA
"I've been very pleased with both my original and now the new R2. I cycle to keep me fit for Rugby and was suffering from severe pain down below. I tried quite a few saddles but none resolved the problem, although I found the ones with the gap up the middle did help a little. One saddle was particularly bad and left me numb for 2 days afterwards, which was very worrying.
Basically, the Rido saddles are the main reason that my Sunday rides have lengthened from 30 miles to 70+ miles because any more than 30 was absolute torture. If it weren't for the Rido saddles I wouldn't be contemplating taking part in a couple of Sportives after the Rugby season finishes next year.
As cyclists go I'm at the bigger end of the scale principally because I'm a rugby prop forward, 6ft tall and 16.5 stone. I ride a Focus Cayo racing cycle and the R2 complements it very nicely. I also like the idea of such a great product having been invented in the UK. Many thanks for a great product."
N.A, Harlow, Essex, UK
"I am very pleased with the Rido R2. Rode the 1st generation seat and now use the new R2. Using it for Rail to Trail type rides on crushed limestone surface. Have ridden 107 miles on it since receiving the R2 and no complaints.
Just wondering if you have a referral program. I referred my cousin to your site and he bought 2 seats.... FYI, he said they're great seats!"
R.F, Sharonville, Ohio, USA
"... you appear to have succeeded in making the saddle more comfortable than the previous one, which was already the most comfortable saddle I've ever used!"
"You might remember that I was missing a screw from my saddle, and you very quickly sent me a new screw and thoughtfully sent it to my home address so that I'd get it on the weekend. This was much appreciated and sorry I didn't reply at that time, but I thought I'd wait until I could write about the saddle too.
If I'm honest, first visual impressions were that it was the same as the first saddle, but with some cushion bits screwed on and a doubled price tag. I bought it to go on my triathlon race bike (having got a glow-in-the-dark saddle for my training bike), but now that the race season is over I've stuck it on the training bike to try it out.
Having actually ridden on it, all is forgiven! The 'cushiony bits' really seem to help spread the weight out better, and there seems to be less time 'getting used to it' than with the other one. I also prefer the covering to the 'rubbery' cover of the previous saddle. So well done, you appear to have succeeded in making the saddle more comfortable than the previous one, which was already the most comfortable saddle I've ever used! I'm still not actually completely sold on the aesthetics, I like being able to see the supporting framework on the glow in the dark one, so a new saddle with a translucent (if not glow in the dark) cover would suit my tastes! Looking forward to being able to get different coloured pads for it too."
N.T, Stocksfield, Northumberland, UK
"I used a Rido R2 saddle to complete a 200km Audax ride with no problems and can recommend it.
Best wishes for future sales."
F.B, Washington, Tyne & Wear, UK
"So far I have been riding 2 to 3 times a week 50 km rides on a road bike with the new saddle. My height is 1.92 m and I am weighing about 110 kg. I am using a pretty much forward leaning position and so far had no groin numbness problems. This part of the design is working well. Furthermore, the saddle has a great suspension effect to it."
L.F, Davis, California, USA
"I'm using it (the R2) mainly for commuting - about 100-120 miles a week at a fairly fast pace. It's on a touring bike and is very comfortable. (I had a Brooks B17 on it originally but couldn't get it to go back far enough because the rails aren't straight, which is why I bought the Rido.) It's really comfortable, and the thin front makes it easier to ride than the Brooks - I immediately noticed the lack of drag between the legs. (And the lack of rivets at the other end). Nice long rails, and I can ride right off the back of it quite comfortably.
I think it's worth every penny and I would recommend it to anyone."
J.C, Romsey, Hampshire, UK
FIXED GEAR MANIACS / BLOGSPOT: 'New Rido Saddle'
"I had the opportunity to try the new Rido Saddle. Rido is a British made saddle that is popular in the U.K. It looks different from your traditional saddle in that it's almost Y shaped. It looks kinda like a stealth bomber. I decided the best way to try it would be to put it on my daily commuter. I'll have to admit I was a little skeptical at first. I installed it perfectly horizontal, but found I tended to slip off to the front. After communicating with the manufacturer they told me this saddle needs to be installed with a slight upward tilt. This solved the problem. The saddle is quite unique and I found it to be very comfortable! Another thing which is pretty cool is since there is so little contact on the saddle you can relieve any pressure by staying seated and locking one leg out which slightly raises you off the saddle. The design looks like it's well made and will hold up to daily abuse. This saddle makes a great commuter saddle and would probably make a great touring saddle. Any of you out there having trouble finding a comfortable saddle may want to give this a shot. If you would like to learn more about this saddle check them out."
R.F, Miami, Florida, USA ( fixedgearmaniacs.blogspot.com )
PS: "Nice design - keep up the good work. I'm sending you a shot of the bike which you're welcome to use, showing you have cyclists as far as Miami riding your saddle. The bike's yellow so the saddle looks real sharp!"
"I have the original Rido, and last month ordered the R2 for my boyfriend. Both of us were seriously bummed out about the state of cycling saddles. I had reduced my cycling to the shortest trips, not being able to withstand anything beyond a few miles. Over the span of months I bought, and tried, and returned maybe a half dozen different saddles, including women's specific, but to no avail. My boyfriend was in the same position, and had finally settled on a noseless saddle, which allowed him to continue his 100+ mile per week commuting schedule, but which he still wasn't happy with.
I ordered a Rido for myself first, and loved it, and insisted he order one for himself. He really couldn't be happier; he says he's found the most perfect saddle. Just last week he recommended the saddle to a septuagenarian who had given up bicycles in favor of a trike, because of the saddle. For my part, I'd love to give everyone who rides a bike a Rido saddle, because it's certainly allayed that sense of dread I used to feel when anticipating that awful soft tissue pain."
T.R, Inianapolis, Indianna, USA
"Absolutely love the saddle! I use it on my tandem as the stoker. I have been riding the tandem for two years and have tried 3 saddles. Tried every single bike saddle that worked for me, but on the tandem, still had very uncomfortable ride because of the saddles after only 20 miles.
Found your Rido saddle online. Received in the mail two days before we did an 80-mile benefit ride over hilly terrain in South Carolina. Had not even broken it in, just sat on it to get height, etc. correct. 30 miles into the ride, I still had no pain. After 80 miles just some slight saddle soreness.
I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS SADDLE FOR ANY STOKER THAT HAS BEEN RIDING ON AN UNCOMFORTABLE SADDLE.
I complemented it to everyone that would listen. My husband also loved it! We rode the 80 miles without me whining, complaining and having to break every 10 miles."
G.W.B, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
"I would like to congratulate you with the improvements made to the 2’nd model (R2). I haven’t had much time for long trips, I am in the final stage of my master thesis, but this model gives me the feeling of a firmer and more concentrated platform, still very comfortable."
M.G, Copenhagen, Denmark
"I've had my Rido saddle for about a month now and heartily echo all that's been written about seating position - very comfortable!"
M.D, Liverpool, UK