Dr. Frank Sommer, Professor of Men's Health
In 2002, I received a message from our german distributor about a german urologist named Dr. Frank Sommer who was living in Cologne and performing studies on cyclists. He was measuring penile blood flow while sitting in different chairs as well as bike seats.
I contacted Dr. Sommer and flew to his lab. Together we measured the blood flow on my initial saddles and then I began dissecting out different parts of the saddle cushion and found that if the correct sections were removed the blood flow increased.
From this point on, every saddle we produced had to have a safe level of blood flow according to Dr. Sommer's recommendations. While other companies tested their designs with Dr. Sommer, no other company actually designed their saddles in the lab.
I visited Dr. Sommer's lab for several years measuring blood flow and redesigning our saddles. Some years later we got our own Transcutaneous Oxygen Monitor and I was able to begin testing in Morgan Hill. We measured all of our prototypes and finished saddles as well as many of the competitors. Throughout this time, I used Dr. Sommer's recommendations on safe blood flow guidelines.