I got my new wide Rover seat installed yesterday and set out this morning to give it a test ride. I’m a big boy and the stock seat dug into my shoulder blades and my thighs. The new seat is two inches wider than the original. The first thing I noticed when I started out was the increased comfort in both shoulders and thighs. Much better. As the ride progressed I found that my sustainable top speed had increased by over .5 mph. At the end of the 17 mile ride my average speed had also increased by a good .5 mph. Also the knee strain that I occasionally felt when pushing it was pretty much eliminated.
While seating on the trike at the end of the ride I was trying to figure out how just changing a set could make such a difference. That’s when I realized that with the original seat to relieve the pressure on my thighs I was keeping my legs bent in and so my knees weren’t directly over the pedals. This was putting undue pressure on my knees and robbing me of power on the pedal strokes. Doh!! Another added benefit of the new seat is that the seat material is mesh instead of solid and so it was much cooler. That helped a lot with hydration as I didn’t sweat nearly as much. Needless to say I’m very happy with my wide body seat.
“Keep on Trikin”