My new to me Bacchetta Giro 26/20 Euromesh seat, whilst comfortable in all other aspects has not been kind to me from a neck/shoulder perspective. A couple of options to address this issue suggested where a headrest or padding out the top of the seat to “lift my head/shoulders forward” as the seat is more reclined. I have now gone with a ADEM 2 Headrest which is designed for the Bacchetta Euromesh seat.
I did try the padding idea an ended up with about five centimetres of padding in place (camping mat foam) and it worked pretty well, however it really look messy and made the bike look rough and ready. Not something I really wanted, so I took the plunge and purchased a ADEM 2 headrest which is specifically designed for the Bacchetta Euromesh seat. These are pricey bits of gear, costing me $177 delivered the model with the SuperFlash light bracket (it actually takes any tail light with a similar mount).
When I received the ADEM 2 it came in a box with a photocopied instruction sheet which is black and white with small photos. I was a little daunted at the prospect of trying to fit it. I just don’t understand the point of cutting photos down in size so much as be pretty much useless! At least on the website why can they not use decent sized photos so one can see how it goes together more easily? That said I read the instructions, looked at the bike, read the instructions again (scary huh) and was pleasantly surprised it was as hard as I expected.
I did manage to do one thing wrong but and I melted two holes in the mesh seat when I only needed one set of holes for the bottom hole in the bracket.
My other little modification was having to cut a slit in the Bacchetta Brain Box to allow it to fit over the seat with the ADEM 2 Headrest fitted. That was pretty straight forward and I used the soldering iron to melt the edges of the slit to minimise any chance of fraying in the future.
So far so good, now I just need to get a few kilometres in with it to see if I have made the right decision and it has fixed my neck and shoulder issues or have I blown $170 dollars. My first 52 kilometres with the ADEM 2 headrest went well. A little fine tuning required and maybe a little more but otherwise all good. No neck pain or shoulder pain which is the result I wanted. More kilometres will determine if I made the right decision but so far so good.