How to Choose the Correct Bike Saddle
When you buy a bike, there is a chance that the original bike seat will not have enough padding. That means that you will feel all the shock through your lower back when riding your bike. This is the reason why you should make a research and choose the right saddle for you and your riding style.
Find bellow some of the Bike Saddles that you'll find on the market and choose the correct one for you.
These are long and narrow saddles, built for road riding and racing. Suitable for fast and continuous pedaling. Allow your body for full motion and prevent chaffing. These racing saddles are developed overtime to protect male’s sensitive areas.
Extra wide and extra padded saddle that is designed for moderate pedaling on short-medium rides. Designed to allow easy pedaling and absorb shock vibrations from rough roads.
These are wider, padded saddles, suitable for leisure rides while sitting upright on the bike. These provide a lot of comfort due to support on both ends. The handlebar nature on cruiser bikes makes the rider sit upright which means the weight will be directly on the seat. The word cruising means you’ll ride on cruise so no need to pedal too quickly. Often use for children bikes.
Gender specific bike saddles:
Due to thick padding and dual spring suspension, this wider bike saddle design make it the best choice fort women anatomy in order to provide more comfort.
Designed for men's unique anatomy, with the hollow core and deep center cutout, this narrower saddle will provide you the comfort you need when road riding. You will feel no pressure on your prostate making sure that in time your sensitive area will not be affected
Types of saddle cushioning
It usually molds to your body and provides you great comfort. If you choose to ride more on recreational or more casual, this type of cushion is well recommended. The only downside is that the gel tends to become compacted much easier than foam cushion.
It provides you flexible feel that can easily spring backs to shape. Road riders often uses it as it gives them much more support. For longer rides, firmer foams is much advisable to choose as it won’t compact easily compared to gel cushion.
Some misconceptions about Bike Saddles
If you’re into biking, one of the most common complains you’ll hear are back aches and pains from sensitive areas of a rider’s body. It is not the fault of the saddle itself but rather because the saddle isn’t suitable in the cyclist’s physical structure or not properly adjusted. These are some of the factors and it’s essential to get knowledgeable how to set up your bike accordingly.
Another misconception is that the seat is created to bear your entire weight, however, a saddle is designed to carry you but not entire weight. That’s the difference. Softer saddles don’t necessarily mean will provide you good comfort, as they usually are not required to use for long rides because it has lesser support for the body, makes you even more tired especially during longer rides.
In the images bellow you will also find how the pressure points are applied based on your riding position.