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"The Christy"

Old 11-30-18, 08:38 PM
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"The Christy"

Just bought house built in 1895. In all the time since, the girlfriend and I are just the third "family" to be here. Guy who sold it to me left a bunch antiques and old stuff. He was a car guy. Perhaps because he saw the stable of bikes we moved in, among the things he left behind was a very vintage saddle. Guy that built the house must have bought a bike, or at least a saddle, at the same time...



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Old 11-30-18, 08:56 PM
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Some info on The Christy: Christy


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Old 11-30-18, 09:03 PM
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and then there's this...



"The anatomical saddle was designed so women would avoid clitoral stimulation while riding bicycles. For the same reason, it was considered louche for women to ride leaning over the bicycle, an upright position being the ‘correct’ etiquette."



Christy Anotomical Saddle


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Old 11-30-18, 09:14 PM
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That's awesome, so this is the woman's version? I'd prefer that over the men's, even the article from that era mentions padding the "peak" for "inexperienced riders"!
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Looks very comfortable!
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Anatomical cutouts in 1895? Sure, why not? There is literally nothing new under the sun.

(But I have to ask, what exactly the hell is wrong with a little clitoral stimulation?)
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
(But I have to ask, what exactly the hell is wrong with a little clitoral stimulation?)
Appearantly that's what Brooks thought:




I know them not as old as the patent but certainly pre WWII.



"Hygia" is certainly derived from hygiene and "gezondheidszadel" means health saddle, so there was also an association with 'dirty' or unhealthy for women with Dutch saddlemakers. They are a kind of 'skirt saddle' or 'dress saddle, with no or a shorter point. I remember as a kid asking my mother why this saddle had this groove in the middle and she explained it was more comfortable for women because they weren't build like men, she didn't mention clitoral stimulation. .
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Just goes to show that male and female anatomy has not changed since 1895.
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I am impressed by the metalwork from the period. This was most probably a very worked over sand casting. Impressive.
An old paperback reprint of an University Press history of the bicycle has large amounts of old patent drawings of turn of the last century patents.
Very little is "new". But is was then.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Anatomical cutouts in 1895? Sure, why not? There is literally nothing new under the sun.

(But I have to ask, what exactly the hell is wrong with a little clitoral stimulation?)

Indeed. I asked the girlfriend and she says she has never experienced any "clitoral stimulation" on a ride despite not having a Christy.

However, now that we've learned we might be able to increase ride-joy-factor we're going to experiment adjusting her seat angle this weekend. Especially what with my damaged perenium and all from my lack of Christy.


(For the record...she and I have always ridden whatever saddle came stock with our bikes until I discovered Fizik Antares which I've swapped in my road rides.)
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