E-Bikes enable us to ride further and to ride more often.  It’s important that this riding does not create any issues or discomfort for you. The saddle on your E-bike should support you in the right way…  Is your current saddle doing a good job?

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The Right Bike Saddle for my E-Bike.

The design of bike saddles has evolved. There are many different bike seats on the market with variations on the size and shape of the saddle, the materials used, where the focus of support and cushioning is. This precision and development has resulted in a much more comfortable ride but you only get these benefits if you get the right saddle for you.

Tip One – Correct width – Women’s saddles are designed differently to male saddles because our bone structure (pelvis) and soft tissue is different to males. Along with other small differences womens bike seats are wider and shorter than males seats to give our wider and shorter bone structure support where we need it.

Tip Two – Body Position – Different types of bikes put your body in different riding positions.  Bike seats have been designed to have the right support and cushioning in the right areas based on your riding position. From a fully upright rider where the proportion of weight and pressure is absorbed at the rear of the seat to a forward bend riding position where the weight and pressure is transferred more forward on the seat into the soft tissues.

Upright Rider

Upright Rider = Riding angle 75-90 degrees.

Slight to Mid Forward Bend

Slight to Mid Forward Bend – Riding angle 75-40 degrees.

Mid to Full forward Bend

Mid to Full Forward Bend – Riding angle 60-15 degrees.

Tip Three – Type of Riding

  • Town riding/short commuting/riding. Rides in urban environments. Has a short  commute to work. Rides short distances for fitness.
  • Mountain biking – off road trail rider.
  • Long distance commuting/riding or touring– You commute or ride for fitness regularly and over long distances.  Do or want to do multi-day rides.
  • Road riding – rides on the road on a road bike set up.
  • Recreation riding – rides in urban areas, on the road and cycleways/ bike path for fitness
  • Multi-environment /all-round riding – serious riding over large distances/times – on and off road.  Regular or often multi-day.  Performance level fitness and commitment to riding as a sport.

The shape of the bike seat where the cushioning and support is concentrated will vary depending on the type of riding you do.  For example a town rider on a bike that has you in an upright riding position should have a more pear shaped saddle to offer maximum support and cushioning. Compare this to a more intense rider, like a road rider, who should have a T shaped saddle because this saddle is designed to give support and cushioning but avoid the risk of chafing.

 

Tip Four – Endurance vs Recreation Different materials used in a bike seat (saddle) will provide cushioning and support for different lengths of time and how regularly you ride.  The padding should be very supportive for longer times on the bike.  Any rides over 45mins to an hour become endurance level, and if this type of riding is done regularly which often happens on an E-Bike, you are an endurance rider.

 

Tip Five – Specific Issues – do not put up with pain or high levels of discomfort in areas around your seat.

  • Sit bone bruising or chaffing.  If your saddle is not supporting you correctly your sit bones may suffer. Width is important.
  • Genital tenderness or sensitivity. Discomfort or numbness in the genital area is not acceptable.  Cutouts solve this problem.  Generally the bigger/wider the cut out in the saddle the more relief you will gain.
  • Tail bone tenderness or sensitivity on or off the bike can be helped with a saddle that has an invert in it’s rear, allowing room for your tailbone
  • Chaffing or saddle sores created by friction, heat & rubbing.  Generally an indication the saddle is the wrong shape for the riding you are doing or you are wearing the wrong type of clothing.

Please go to our Bike Seat Comfort Page which has detailed information on discomfort issues… Combined Solutions to Saddle Discomfort 

 

Top Selling E-Bike Saddle

Womens Touring/Long Commute Saddle

Mens Touring/Long Commute Saddle

This endurance saddle has great supportive padding that includes a thing gel layer.  Designed for a slight to mid forward bend this saddle suits the body position many E-Bike riders will be in.  Has everything you need for the distances and times that E-Bike riders tend to do.  Best match to trail, tour, off road riding.

Available for men or women, this is our top selling E-Bike Saddle

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