To enjoy riding an e-bike you need to be comfortable on your e-bike seat (saddle). Do you experience discomfort, numbness, feeling like you need to move a lot on your seat or do you have to stand up intermittently on the bike to relieve pressure. These are all symptoms of problems at the contact point on the bike – between your bottom and the bike seat.
What can you do to improve your bike seat comfort?
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. We need to understand you as a rider and the type of e-biking you do so we can match YOU to the ‘perfect’ bike seat (saddle).
Work your way through the the following 5 questions and tips to understand you as a rider (Your rider profile).
- Are you male or female? 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 ONE – If you are a women you will need a women’s bike seat (saddle)
- What is your riding position? When we sit on the bike seat we have two points that absorb the greatest pressure. At the rear your sit bones and at the front your genital area.
Awareness exercise to know your sit bones and genital area: Sit upright on a firm/hard seat. Can you feel the weight on your 2 sit bones. If you place your hands, palm up under each of the cheeks of your bottom and rock from side to side and feel the boney points on each side – these are your sit bones. Remove your hands now lean forward from the hips can you start to feel the weight being transferred to the bone structures and soft tissue at the front.
The proportion of the weight or pressure that these areas will absorb is dependent on your riding 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 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 absorbed more forward on the seat in the genital area.
To define what is YOUR riding position we need to work out your riding angle it will range between 15-90 degrees. Measure the angle between the bike seat and the length of your back – your spine. What is your riding angle or your riding position?
Tip TWO – Know the position you ride in (your riding angle)
Riding angle = angle between line of seat and line of back – what is yours?
Riding angle = angle between line of seat and line of back = 30 degrees
Riding angle = angle between line of seat and line of back = 40 degrees
Riding angle = angle between line of seat and line of back = 80 degrees
3. Where do you ride and the type of riding you do?
- 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.
- Recreational riding – rides in urban areas,on the road and cycleways/ bikepath for fitness
- Multi-environment /all-round riding – all types of riding – on and off road – over long distances and on one bike.
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 THREE – Know where you ride and match a bike saddle to that riding
4. How long do you ride for and how often you ride ?
Different materials used in a bike seat (saddle) will provide cushioning and support for different lengths of time and how regularly you ride.
Tip FOUR – Know how long you ride for and how often you ride.
5. Do you have any areas of tenderness?
- Genital tenderness or sensitivity on or off the bike. Discomfort or numbness in the genital area is not acceptable so DO NOT PUT UP WITH IT. Cutouts solve this problem. Generally the bigger/wider the cut out in the saddle the more relief you will gain. Depending on the degree of sensitivity you are experiencing from slight to unbearable there is a solution out there for you.
- Tail bone tenderness or sensitivity on or off the bike
- Low back pain tenderness or sensitivity on or off the bike
Tip FIVE – Know your specific tenderness requirements and find the seat that matches those requirements.
Match your riding profile to the right women’s e-bike seat using our goRide resources.
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There is a little more you can/should do!
Once you have the perfect saddle it is important that you fit the saddle correctly and work to find what we call at goRide your Bike Seat ‘Sweet Spot’. Being comfortable at this contact point with the bike is vital for your enjoyment of riding. DO NOT settle for a seat that is not designed for YOU or one you have not fitted correctly. For the ultimate in comfort match your riding to the ‘perfect’ padded biking pant and you may also benefit from a Natural Chamois Cream
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