How to Choose a Comfortable Bike Saddle

  • Author: VeloGuide
  • Published: Jan 19, 2018

Long rides and adventure cycling demand a comfortable bike saddle and any cycling aficionado can tell you why.

Biker’s butt.

Is there anything less pleasant?  We think not.  Nothing can spoil a peak experience on the road faster than biker’s butt, occasioned by an uncomfortable saddle, unequal to the task of adequately cushioning one’s hindquarters.

This post is dedicated to how to choose a comfortable bike saddle, so we can do our part to end the scourge of biker’s butt for cyclists everywhere.

The nitty-gritty.

The bike saddle has several components.  The shell of the saddle accounts for its shape.  Usually made from aluminum, it can come in a variety of other materials.  The rails connect the saddle to the bike. 

Two other key components, when discussing comfort, are the suspension and the padding. These are important considerations when finding the right seat for your cycling efforts.

The first thing you need to understand is that the position of the saddle is what’s going to make a huge difference to your comfort, on the road.  Your toes should touch the ground and, when seated, your knees should be slightly bent (not too much).

Also, ensure that the position of your saddle is parallel to the ground.  If it’s angled up at the front, you’re not going to be a happy cyclist.

Invest in comfort and fit.

We know you love cycling, so you’ll understand that making an investment in comfort is well worth the price of admission.  Don’t be shy.  Spend what you need to.  Get the saddle that’s going to be most comfortable for you.

If you’re a woman, there are saddles specifically designed to accommodate women’s anatomy (wider set hips).  WSD (women specific design) may be the right fit for you. 

Men will be happy to know that some saddles are made to intentionally be comfortable for the perineal area, which can have a great deal of pressure exerted on it while riding.

Unless you ride BMX bikes (those guys never sit down), you need a saddle that’s well padded with gel or foam.  Also, any decent bike shop has a sizing tool to determine which type and shape of a saddle are going to be best for you.

Remember, it’s your ride, so not giving careful thought to what you’re going to be sitting on is a mistake.  Take our advice – spend the money, take the time and do it right.  Don’t just buy something off the rack.

How to choose a comfortable bike saddle means sifting through all the options out there and consulting with experts who know their stuff.  Find the right bike shop and take the advice of the pros who work there.


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