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The beginning of the year I wrote about the various ways you can pee on the go as a girl. There are various products used to allow women the freedom of peeing while keeping your pants up, which is about impossible as a women.
Once I posted the article an individual from pStyle contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing the product. Quickly I wrote back, thinking that the only thing I had to lose with testing out these pee cups was possibly a pair of wet jeans.
Loose pants with a zipper and underwear with a fly are ideal but other outfits can be accommodated. Pull underwear to the side if it doesn’t have a fly, taking care that it is fully out of the way. Place the pStyle so the widest part is between your legs and centered under your urethra. Tilt the open end slightly down, relax, and pee. It may feel strange at first but don’t worry – relaxing is key. When you have completely finished peeing, bend your knees slightly and pull the pStyle forward to remove the remaining drops. You can practice in the shower.
Pay attention when using the pStyle. It is possible to pee on yourself if you tilt the pStyle sideways or get it caught in your underwear. This often happens when you are so confident about it that you don’t focus on what you are doing. Also don’t pee into the wind…
This morning following the limited amount of directions, tried peeing in the pStyle…and failed. The angle of approach or tilt of the cup was very unclear, was the point of the cup supposed to stick out of my zipper so that the pee stream would flow? Quickly the cup filled its capacity and I was left trying to hold in the rest while retreating to the sitting style on my toilet.
For try #2, I’ll be trying to have the open end pointing out of the zipper of my pants, towards the toilet or possibly just outside.
Any type of diagram or better directions would of helped this endeavor. Trying the pStyle was very embarrassing by itself, and with the high chances of leaking or peeing all over myself I think I’ll take their advice and try in the shower next time.
About 3 months ago, my shop started carrying the Ideal Saddle Modification (ISM) Adamo saddles. These saddles, at first, look very goofy. There is no nose on the front of the seat and often are referred to as the tuning forks. Flash forward the last three months and these saddles have themselves on more bikes than I originally thought they would.
Originally I really thought the saddles were a joke, we would try them out on a few bikes and see what happens. The women and triathletes fell in love. All the pressure from the frontal soft tissue was separated back into your two sit bones, where the weight belongs! Women were able to get into the aero position or drops of the handlebars without cutting off circulation.
This saddle is still towards the end of the saddles I automatically go through in my fit process. I think there is a need for them, but find they can be too wide and long term will be modifying the shell of the saddle so not to hit the groin or tendons of the inside leg. Soon the saddle will go on a personal bike of mine so I can give you a true review.
Do you know any women using this seat? If so, what are their thoughts and feelings? Where do they feel pressure, if any?
This was originally published at our sister site, Commute by Bike. As the bike is a step through design and fits in well with trying to get more women on bicycles, I’ll be cross posting the review on both sites.
When the Batavus BUB rolled into my bike shop a good amount of thoughts rolled into my head with it. It looked heavy, was it? Where were the hand brakes or gears? Could I take it down my 4.5 mile daily commute with a decent size hill in the middle? (My worry was going up and down on it.)
I quickly checked the BUB over and rode it home that 4.5 mile commute. The step through design was very handy and made me crave for one in my daily ride. Very easy to get on, plus I didn’t worry about ripping my jeans as I didn’t have to throw my leg over the back of the saddle. The handlebars and saddle seemed to me much like what we consider in the US as a Beach Cruiser. For the entire first ride I was fighting with finding a position I felt efficient, yet comfortable in. If I was comfortable on the saddle, it would start to rub my inner thighs. If I was comfortable with the handlebars I was in a weird laid over position grabbing half way down the long swept back bar.
It took me a week to really grasp the ride of the BUB. It truly is a bike for folks that maybe don’t ride everyday, or are looking for something on the end of the spectrum from their mountain/road bike. You can easily hop on this and go, you won’t be going very far or very fast but it is easy and comfortable.
As I mentioned, initially I couldn’t get comfortable on this bike. Mainly due to the length of my long legs and once I was home I raised the stem a good amount in order to sit more upright than leaned over. In the end it fit a wide height range, for my 5′10 height down to my 5′5 girlfriend just as well.
The bike that I was reviewing was a prototype of sorts, it didn’t have the 3 speeds that the standard BUB will. Gears would of helped keep me in a comfortable seated position on the small climb I have coming from my work. I also wish it had some sort of rear or front hand brake to assist with the coaster brake, but that was also mainly me as I’m not used to riding a coaster brake bike.
All the options were installed on the test BUB. Front and rear racks, as well as front and rear lights. The racks had an interesting mounting design, it is non-standard and you’ll have to rig up your favorite rack to work on this bike if you wish. The racks felt very strong and stable, a small child could sit on the front, but would completely wreck the steering of the bike. The tubing on the rack is oversize, to the point a standard pannier clip system (of all types) doesn’t fit without bending or modifying. Out of all my panniers in my collect only the Basil bags that you drape over one side of the rack to the other worked.
The lights weren’t anything too special. Yes, a little different in looks but if you already have lights from another bike, save them and reuse them on the BUB.
The unique paper clip design made people ask questions and want to ride it. The only other bike I own that causes such questions is my Xtracycle.
The “mood meter” seemed like a joke to me. This little dial under the top tube that you are supposed to move dependent on your mood.
New pedals are needed unless you are rolling this bike in only fair weather. There is no grip on them and several times when wet I slipped off the pedals.
Full Chainguard, good fenders, strong wheels, and reflective Schwalbe tires. The small details that many “commuter” bikes are left off with weren’t forgotten here. I just fear they over thought the design aspect of the bike, leaving it very limited to accessories.
A beautiful fi’zi:k Vesta showed up at my doorstep a couple of weeks back. Quickly, I snapped some photos and then installed the saddle on my cyclocross bike. Since then it has been on my goto bike for long road rides, and my daily commute.
The very first feeling of the saddle is the firm, yet padded support. This is a good feeling as I don’t like a saddle that I sink into. If you sink too much into a saddle your sit bones are no longer holding you up and the soft tissues are left holding you up. This saddle hasn’t seen more than an hour and a half of consistent ride time so we can only tell how the padded feeling holds up.
The “pressure relief channel” seems to work so far. It isn’t a cut out so if I rock into the drops I can feel pressure on my soft tissue areas but to this point there has been no numbness or pain when this pressure happens for an extended amount of time.
The saddle is an eye catcher. Subtle enough, but if someone walks close enough to see the top of your saddle they will stop and ask, “WHAT?!“ This exact story has happened to me with everyone that has seen the saddle. My only worry about the eye catching colors are they will bleed over time into my white bib shorts.
Sitting initially on this saddle I didn’t think “this is the one,” but that never has happened before with any of my favorite saddles. There are always fine tuning with the bike fit and trying different angles and fore/aft of the saddle. BUT I didn’t sit on this saddle and feel horrible pain, nor did I feel pain after 25 miles. The jury is still out on this saddle but I will check back with you as the fit is modified and more miles are logged.
I crafted up a video to show how the Grease Monkey Wipes work. My hands were greasy from a pretty thick layer of grime after I cleaned cyclocross drivetrain. The total clean time was 1 minute and 18 seconds, which out on the road with a little towel isn’t bad. It left my hands feeling close to perfectly clean and grease free.
It seems the more time I search the internet for various “outdoor female products” the more products I find that give me a jaw dropping reaction. I never knew it was such an issue for woman to pee on the go. Sure, I’ve been stuck in a weird situation where all my male friends were simply peeing when they needed. Normally it was a camping trip, or a very bundled up road ride where the amount of layers I had limited my ability to drop my pants and go.
The first one that I found and mentioned a few months ago was GoGirl. This little thing is smaller than most the others and instead of directing your pee, it gathers it. In my searching there have been a couple more to add to the list.
World’s first and #1 hydrophobic, anti-bacterial and eco-friendly female urine director.
I’m still researching the idea of a urine director. I’m sure it allows you to utilize your zipper or other outlet, but when I’m riding in bibs or have long johns when camping, I don’t have anything to direct it out.
The pStyle is a plastic device that allows you to pee standing up without undressing. It is a simple design that works exceptionally well.
Peeing in hard plastic? It sounds like a disaster of splashing and leaking waiting to happen!
To say I was excited was an understatement. I’ve been drooling over their merino wool line for months, especially as the guys love to rub their products in my Twitter face. Going through the design process was very rewarding and very unique, so unique that the design process will have its own article.
I look forward to showing you the couple tops I was provided and also hope that Lab-Gear read my review to take the feedback and input.
Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack
Overall : 4 out of 5 stars.
Pros : Durabilty, storage/pockets, replaceable inner liner.
Cons : Size, heat/sweat in the summer months.
For the past few months I’ve been using a my Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack for a variety of things. The gym, going to work with my laptop, and even in the front of the Civia Loring that I was reviewing. You also may want to read theIntroduction to the Review on the Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack.
For the past few years I have named the cut out or indention in the saddles for women “cooter holes.” No, it isn’t PC but neither are all the people making saddles for women with out even having a variety of women testing them prior to selling hundreds to unknowing souls.
fi’zi:k knows saddles. They are one of the top selling road saddles for guys that I’ve seen, among Selle Italia and such. They have one womens saddle that has been on the market for some years called the Vitesse. I tried riding this saddle for a while 2 years back, and suffered. My soft tissues needed a “cooter hole” or indention, or something that the Vitesse did not have. I quickly swapped saddles back and continued on with life.
Now there is a new saddle from fi’zi:k called Vesta. They are marketing this with a “pressure relief channel” or a cooter hole. That comfortable place to put your soft tissues out of pressure and harm. Other than this, the saddle is the same shape as the prior model I spoke about, the Vitesse. The base price is $129.99, within range of most all fi’zi:k saddles, and higher end Terry saddles as well.
I hope to land one of these in my hands during the long, boring and painful base miles to see how their “pressure relief channel” really holds up.
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