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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 4 2016 9:32 AM UTC +00:00

About

This year has seen the Airide Chamois compete alongside many other innovative products. We were delighted to be short listed for two awards of which we won 'INNOVATE UK' Brand of the Year and came Runners Up in the VENTUREFEST INNOVATION AWARDS. A very successful start for our product and one that has instilled the belief that we can move our product forward. 

What's the Airide Chamois all about?

Airide cycling chamois pad is a revolution in cycling pad technology. As cyclists most of us will have been or are uncomfortable cycling around on the normally very solid saddles. With saddles becoming firmer and firmer in an endless pursuit of more speed, less weight and aerodynamics this means certain comfort values go out of the window. This is why the Airide chamois exists. It makes riding your bike, even with a solid carbon fibre saddle, like riding a nice air cooled, air sprung mattress the whole way round your ride. 

Foam base chamois on the left and the Airide 3D chamois on the right
Foam base chamois on the left and the Airide 3D chamois on the right

The Airide is designed using cutting edge 3D spacer fabric which is a much better technology to use than the current options on the market which are predominantly made using Foam. 

The Airide chamois has been developed for both Male and Female Cyclists alike and represents a major improvement on the existing technology currently on the market. 

With an increase in the rate of impotency in Male cyclists, the numbness which most cyclists suffer after long periods in the saddle and the saddle sores which are experienced means the Airide chamois pad has a bright future.

3D spacer fabric is Breathable, Recyclable and can wick sweat and other liquids away from the area. 

Meaning the Airide Chamois Pad helps prevent Impotency in men, Numbness and Saddle sores as the structure reduces the pressure put on the body, in particular the perineal region (Groin/Meat and 2 Veg) whilst cycling. 

Female Cycling Issues

The Airide also helps out with common Female issues within cycling. Saddle sores are very common in Female Cyclists which can lead on to more pretty worrying infections and problems down under e.g Vaginitis and Crotchitis. 

The Airide Chamois will help remove some of these issues due to it's pressure relief, 100% Breathability and the ability to wick Sweat and other Moisture away from the area.

Lot's of Spin Class members have mentioned these complaints due to the hardness of the saddles on most Spin Bikes and also these use foam which inevitably lead to the foam elements within these becoming overused and not providing the relevant level of support and comfort. The Saddle cover has been developed to be easy to carry and easy to attach and remove from any saddle making it the perfect accompaniment to the avid Spin Class enthusiast. 

Any science to back it up? Yes

The next best Foam based cycling chamois pad with 50kg of mass on top, puts pressure on the perineal region way beyond 100 mmHg where the arteries no longer allow the flow of blood through the arteries. In fact it tops the pressure mapping machine out over and above 200mmHg (The maximum measurable by the testing platform we used). 

The Airide chamois pad in comparison doesn't reach the 100mmHg mark in the vital areas of the perineal region. And the longer you ride it and apply pressure the better the distribution of any pressure becomes. 

Pressure Mapping of 3D spacer chamois vs existing foam chamois
Pressure Mapping of 3D spacer chamois vs existing foam chamois

To take the Airide chamois from concept to reality has taken us just over 2 years. The idea was the brain child of MD Matt Tomkin and working with Professor Subhash Anand MBE of the University of Bolton, Institute for Materials Research and Innovation developing we have finally got the product ready to hit a cycling lane near you.

Matt Tomkin and Subhash Anand MBE joining forces to create the Airide
Matt Tomkin and Subhash Anand MBE joining forces to create the Airide

Professor Subhash Anand gave a presentation to Proceedings of the 6th World Conference on 3D Fabrics and their Applications which took place in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, May 26-28, 2015 . Link to the paper here 

Where did the idea come from?

The idea for the Airide chamois was born when MD Matt Tomkin was training as part of a 4 man team rowing the atlantic ocean to raise money for a local charity. We used the 3D spacer fabric to create a bed in the cabin of the very cramped ocean rowing boat. Space was at a premium so this new technology mean't we could save space and weight. 

Matt Tomkin with the Ocean Rowing boat
Matt Tomkin with the Ocean Rowing boat

After seeing this technology and at the same time training to compete in Ironman UK, MD Matt Tomkin spent most his time in the saddle feeling pretty uncomfortable when out riding. So I put 2 and 2 together and the idea was born for the chamois pad. 

Take a look at the rewards below. 

Reward #3 Airide Limited Edition Tee
Reward #3 Airide Limited Edition Tee
Reward #5 Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey
Reward #5 Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey
Reward #6, 7 & 8 Cycling Bib Shorts
Reward #6, 7 & 8 Cycling Bib Shorts

Risks and challenges

We have been working for over a 2 years on AIRIDE and developed the whole product with a team of dedicated experts. We know what the next steps towards series production are and have our suppliers and production partners ready to produce all parts that we need in the required quality and quantity.

However, we know that life is not always fully predictable and there might be unforeseen troubles waiting for us on the road to mass production. We have a great network of industry experts and have complete faith in our manufacturing unit.

The main challenges we see are:

Manufacturing 

AIRIDE requires several high tech tools for the construction process. We have experienced partners that help us get AIRIDE to the level of quality that we see essential for such a high-end product. We have worked closely with our partners during the production of AIRIDE prototypes and we’re all very eager to support our project through to commercialisation.
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    Airide 3D Spacer Saddle cover with drawstring to keep it in place. We have been asked how to get the Pad to use for a saddle cover on a Day to Day Commuter bike and even asked for some help for the Spin Class fans out there. So here you go.
    This reward includes the Airide 3D Spacer Chamois pad and a saddle cover which means it can be used to cover any saddle. Even the saddles on the Spin Bikes in the local gym. Commonly known to be some of the most uncomfortable saddles on planet earth!
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    Get one of the Airide Branded Short Sleeve Cycling Jerseys. Wear your Jersey with pride in the knowledge you have done your bit to help the human race continue.
    Branded to perfection this Jersey will make you the envy of all on your next group ride.

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    EARLY BIRD! If you like this product so much you just can't live without it, then we have 99 in our office waiting for you. Be one of the first people in the world to try out this revolution in cycling technology.
    You will receive one of the first 99 pairs of the Airide Cycling Bib Shorts or Cycling Shorts.

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    A Pair of the Airide Cycling Bib Shorts utilising the Airide 3D Spacer Chamois. Either Bib Shorts or Cycling Shorts its your choice.

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    Kit yourself out in the Airide branded Cycling Jersey and a Pair of the Airide Cycling shorts. Again either Cycling shorts or Bib Shorts you decide. Look the part. Feel the part.

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    VIP Package. A full Fitness testing day at the VO2 Performance centre based at the University of Bolton Laboratories. Within this you will receive a VO2 Max test on the Bike. From this we'll be able to help determine not only your VO2 Max but your Maximum Heart rate, Heart Rate Training Zones, Basal Metabolic rate and your lactate threshold. We'll then put together a training plan to get you into peak shape for your A race event for 2016. We will also provide a full package of completely customised Cycling Clothing for the 2016 season. Including Cycling Jersey, Airide Bib Shorts, Windstopper jacket etc.

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