Be Comfortable on your Bike Seat Guide

Often to achieve comfort on your bike saddle multiple things need to be tried and done.  Let us show you how to combine different products and tips to have a great bike seat experience.

Supporting you to get the right solutions for comfort on your seat so you can smile when you ride

Are you Comfortable on your Bike Seat?

Being comfortable on you bike seat is important as it enables you to enjoy your ride.  There are many things you can do to help improve your comfort in this area.  Often it will not come down to a single solution but rather a combination.  This will involve working through the many components that can contribute to your discomfort.  You can then find solutions and move towards achieving comfort.

YOUR CURRENT SADDLE:  The width and shape of your saddle plays a big role in comfort.  Don’t assume that the seat that come with your bike is the right seat for you.  Saddles come in a huge range of styles and shapes to match to the time and type of riding that you do.  They can also be gender specific.

EXTRA PADDING:  Do you use extra padding to help as you ride for longer periods of time.  This padding could be padded bike specific clothing with a chamois sewn into it or a cover for your saddle that can be used for short periods of time to help with discomfort.

YOUR BODY POSITION ON THE BIKE:  How you hold your body over time when on a bike can really contribute to discomfort, especially at points of contact with your saddle.  Is your position good, strong and stable, allowing efficient pedalling?

CHAMOIS CREAM:  A must for most people who ride bikes for any length of time.  This bike specific first aid product soothes, heals and prevents chaffing and sores.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CHAMOIS CREAM: When to Use a Chamois Cream  How to use Chamois Cream

 

Below are a few tables with the available Seat Comfort Solutions in a quick comparison format. Following the tables is more detailed information about factors to consider to understand the right solution for you.  We recommend you scan through the tables to get an idea of some solutions, then read the more detailed info.

If you think seat comfort could be a good solution for your riding, to open up your opportunities and experiences, then please read on…

goRides Endurance Rider Solutions

Comfort on Your Seat – Endurance Saddle Solutions 

Womens Endurance/Multi-Environment Saddle
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
All rounder, long distances, multi environments, serious road riding
Duration & frequency of riding
Regular rider. Greater than 1 and half hours
Riding Position
All riding set ups. Riding angle 15-90 degrees
Features
Best performance saddle for endurance, regular & varied riding environments. Due to its durability & strength it is our most expensive saddle.
Cost

$255.00

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Womens Touring/Regular Endurance Riding Saddle
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Touring, long distance, regular commuter
Duration & frequency of riding
Regular rider. Greater than 1 and half hour
Riding Position
Mid to upright rider set up. Riding angle 45-90 degrees
Features
Support without compromising comfort for long distances, cut out, gel layer
Cost

$145.00

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Mens Touring/Regular Endurance Riding Saddle
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Touring, long distance, regular commuter
Duration & frequency of riding
Regular rider. Greater than 1 and half hour
Riding Position
Mid to upright rider set up. Riding angle 45-90 degrees
Features
Mens width, support without compromising comfort for long distances, mens cut out, gel layer
Cost

$145.00

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GEL Seat Cover
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Use to transition increased time on bike or return to biking.
Duration & frequency of riding
All durations and frequencies
Riding Position
All riding positions
Features
Can be placed over all seats. Gradually remove as comfort improves.
Cost

$39.90

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Comfort on your Seat – Endurance Padded Bike Pant Solutions 

Womens 3/4 Endurance Pants
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Multi-day or endurance/regular riding. All season riding. Off or on road – all surfaces. Ideal touring and mountain biking pant or recreation riders where tenderness is a problem.
Duration & frequency of riding
Regular rider. Greater than 1 and half hours
Chamois (The Padding)
Endurance Chamois - Womens specific high density chamois up to 5 hrs ride time.
Features
Quickest drying fabric, woven leg band, elastic free front waistband.
Cost

$189.00

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Womens Full Brief Endurance Padded Underwear
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Multi-day or endurance/regular riding. All season riding. Off or on road – all surfaces. Ideal touring and mountain biking where you choose what you wear. Suits recreation riders where tenderness is a problem.
Duration & frequency of riding
Regular rider. Greater than 1 and half hours
Chamois (The Padding)
Endurance Chamois
Features
Full Brief Underwear - Soft feel performance fabric, breathable and moisture wicking.
Cost

$89.00

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Womens/Youth Boy Leg Endurance Padded Bike Underwear
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Multi-day or endurance/regular riding. All season riding. Off or on road – all surfaces. Ideal touring and mountain bike pant or for recreation riders where tenderness is a problem.
Duration & frequency of riding
Regular rider. Greater than 1 and half hour
Chamois (The Padding)
Endurance Chamois
Features
Boy Leg Style Underwear - Soft feel performance fabric, breathable and moisture wicking.
Cost

Coming Soon $89.00

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Kids Boxer Style Endurance Padded Bike Underwear
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Multi-day or endurance riding. Kids that ride regularly. Kids that mountain bike (uneven surfaces) Those that find their seat particularly uncomfortable.
Duration & frequency of riding
Greater than 1 and half hours
Chamois (The Padding)
Kids Endurance Chamois suit up to 12 years
Features
Soft performance fabric. Fun multicoloured underwear.
Cost

$69.00

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goRides Recreation Rider Solutions

Comfort on Your Seat – Recreation Saddle Solutions  

Womens Upright Recreation Saddle
Saddle
Type of Riding
Town rider/short distance, commuter.Low back pain but choosing to be active
Riding Position
Upright rider set up.Riding Angle 90-60 degrees.
Feature
Wide and soft, seamless cutaway, tailbone relief. If comfort is your prority then this is the saddle for you
Cost

$105.00

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Womens Recreation Saddle Solution
Saddle
Type of Riding
Fitness/Recreation
Riding Position
Mid to upright rider set up. Riding angle 45-90 degrees
Feature
Comfort and protection for the social recreational rider. Cut out.
Cost

$132.00

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Womens Mountain Bike Saddle
Saddle
Type of Riding
Mountain biker - beginner to advanced intermediate
Riding Position
All mountain bike set ups, exception downhill racing.Riding angle 15 degrees to 90 degrees
Feature
Sleek T shaped saddle, wide cutout, durable outer cover to match the rugged environment.
Cost

$160.00

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Womens Road Saddle
Saddle
Type of Riding
Road - beginner to intermediate.First use of road saddle or returning to road riding
Riding Position
Mid to low rider set ups. Riding angle 15-60 degrees
Feature
Sleek T shaped. Comfort and protection for enthusiastic road riders. Cut out.
Cost

$145.00

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 Comfort on your Seat – Recreation Padded Bike Pant Solutions 

Womens 3/4 Recreation Pants
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Everyday cycling, relaxed styling, designed for comfort. Ideal for recreation riders & curvy bodies. All season
Duration & frequency of riding
Riding less than 1 and half hours
Chamois (The Padding)
Womens specific recreation chamois.
Features
High rise ultra wide, waist band, self fabric leg band, relaxed compression & style. Mesh side pockets.
Cost

$189.00

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Womens Full Brief Endurance Padded Underwear
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Recreational Riders. Enjoy Riding Gravel/ Bike path/ Road.
Duration & frequency of riding
Riding up to 1 and half hours
Chamois (The Padding)
Flat Low profile chamois. Suits up to 2 hours. Comfort without the bulk.
Features
Full Brief Underwear - Soft feel performance fabric – breathable and moisture wicking.
Cost

$79.00

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Kids Boxer Style Padded Bike Underwear
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Kids everyday riders. Fits approximately 3 - 12 year old. Kids that enjoy riding their bike.
Duration & frequency of riding
Less than 1 and half hours on the bike
Chamois (The Padding)
Kids Regular Chamois suit up to 12 years
Features
Soft performance fabric. Fun multicoloured underwear.
Cost

$59.00

SHOP
Saddle
Best suited to what type of riding?
Duration & frequency of riding
Chamois (The Padding)
Features
Cost
SHOP

Are you Comfortable on your Bike Seat?

Being comfortable on you bike seat is important as it enables you to enjoy your ride.  There are many things you can do to help improve your comfort in this area.  Often it will not come down to a single solution but rather a combination.  This will involve working through the many components that can contribute to your discomfort.  You can then find solutions and move towards achieving comfort. 

THE FIRST THING….  why you are experiencing  discomfort?

One of the main triggers for the onset of bike seat discomfort is change. What is that change for you? Understanding this change can help you determine how best to manage influence your discomfort.

  • a new or different bike seat? 
  • returning to riding after a long period of not riding 
  • changing to an E-Bike.
  • spending more time on your bike – riding further or going out more regularly? 
  • type of terrain you ride. 
  • could your seat be worn out and no longer providing the cushioning required?  
  • have you had an injury or developed some pain that has made time on your saddle more challenging?

 

THE SECOND THING… what are experiencing and why?

Weight Transfer Problems: Load not dispersed. Weight bearing on a small area. Load on structures not designed to take load.  What you may be feeling: tenderness, bruised feeling, numbness, pain, constant moving on your seat, aching back, aching genitals. This can be caused by:  Seat shape and design not supporting you correctly, your seat position, your body position when you ride, your fitness/strength/health.

Chafing/Rubbing Problems: Friction and heat when 2 structures repetitively rub. What you may be feeling: burning sensations, redness, infected hair follicles, raw skin, blistering, lumps. This may be caused by:  The wrong kind of clothing – seams and moisture can cause irritation. The wrong seat shape. An incorrect pedalling technique.

Add in time/frequency: Too much too soon or simply too far will be more than what your body can handle – small problems will become bigger.   So time and the frequency of riding will stress all the symptoms mentioned above.  Seat design also comes into play.  The longer and/or more often you choose to ride, the more well designed your saddle should be.  The wrong saddle offers no support to your contact points so you are unable to effectively sit or vary your position over time.  The wrong saddle lacks cushioning/gel padding to help with compression that occurs with time on the seat.  And finally…  as you become tired lack of fitness/strength causes poor body position and loss of good technique.

 

SADDLES:

The type of saddle on your bike…

Your saddle should match you as a rider – match to the type of riding you do, your body position on the bike, your riding duration and how often you ride. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the bike you brought came with a seat specific to your needs.

Does the saddle match your gender? Saddles are shaped to match our gender differences e.g. if you are a woman then you need a women’s saddle.  It will be wider to accommodate the wider female pelvis.

What if you don’t want to change your saddle?  If you feel your problem is a short term one and you have confidence in your current seat, a gel cover can be used to provide the comfort required to get you through this transition period. It allows your body and the structures under pressure, time to adapt.

The position of your saddle…

How your saddle is set up or positioned on your bike can influence your comfort. There are 3 adjustments you can make. The tilt of the seat, the height and the reach to your handlebars. Adjusting these can help your riding comfort by getting your body into a good weight transferring position.

 

BIKE RIDING CLOTHING:

Is the clothing you ride in causing you problems?

It’s important to understand the contact points you have with the bike and how to be best prepared for riding.  Seams & moisture can cause problems leading to major discomfort – chafing, saddle sores.  This is when clothing choice matters.  Terms like wicking, breathable, seamfree construction are part of a cyclists life.  What you wear that directly contacts with the seat is an important choice to make.

Do you ride with bike pants/underwear that provide you with padding?

If you spend time on your bike you can choose to have some type of padding (called a chamois) to provide comfort and protection.  You can choose to ride in bike specific padded pants or you can ride in padded bike underwear that allow you to choose the clothing you wear.  There are different padding options to choose – it is important to match the chamois to the time you spend on your bike.  If you have challenges with tenderness then it is worth considering an endurance chamois regardless of the time spent on the bike.

 

CHAMOIS CREAM:

Using Chamois Cream can help! 

Chamois creams can be used by anyone that rides a bike.  It is particularly relevant if you are new to cycling, trying to build up distances quickly or “breaking in” a new saddle (getting used to the shape and where the saddle contacts your body).

Chamois creams are often used by cyclists who are planning long rides and/or repeated days of riding.  It works in 3 ways; use as a barrier to prevent, use to soothe tenderness or burning, use to heal if you have a problem.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT CHAMOIS CREAM: When to Use a Chamois Cream  How to use Chamois Cream

YOUR BODY POSITION ON THE BIKE AND HOW YOU RIDE:

Introducing Chi Riding!

How you position your body on the bike can influence the contact you are having at your bike seat, and therefore, your discomfort. We encourage you to work through our Chi Riding information that looks at you riding with a strong back (core), an aligned pedal motion, relaxed upper back and effective breathing. Riding well will also help your efficiency and help with overall wellness.

Build Up Slowly & Rest When You Ride…

It can be very easy to get excited and enthusastic about riding your bike.  It is very addictive and enjoyable!  But when you are returning to something, learning something new or using a new saddle your body needs time to adjust and adapt.  Listen to what it is telling you and do what is best for YOU.

 

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