Womens Bike Saddle Buying Guide

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

Answer the following questions and/or think through the points.  This will help you make the correct bike saddle choice.

What is the position you ride in or your riding angle?

Bike saddles are designed to match the body position you ride in and the type of bike you have.

  • Upright or very close to having a straight back (common position on town or cruiser style bikes
  • Slightly tipped forward or forward bent (common position on trail, commute and mountain bikes)
  • Aggressive forward bend or dropped handlebar position (common on road riding bikes)

Choose your type & time…

The shape of the saddle is designed to match the type of riding you do.  By this we mean where you ride most often – town, commuting, bike path/trails, mountain bike trails, touring, or road riding. For example, a pear shaped saddle has more width at the rear of the saddle giving optimal support directly under the sit bones for the upright town rider.  Contrast this with a T shaped saddle.  Mid to narrow rear width which quickly thins to the front section, for a higher intensity ride that supports repetitive pedalling and will eliminate the likelihood of chafing.

The padding and cushioning should then match to the time spent on the bike – Casual (usually under 1hr), Fitness (usually 1-3hrs, 2-4x/wk) or Consistent (usually 1-4hrs most days).  It will also be influenced by how regularly it will be used – 1/2 times a week versus most days.  All year round, all types of weather versus warm weather riding.

Choose a saddle that reflects the type of riding you do most often.  For big days or special trips add endurance padding in the form of a chamois (see the full range of stories on Padded Bike Pants/Underwear for Women) and/or add a gel seat cover.

Saddles are gender specific

To be comfortable on your seat you need a seat that matches the width of your bony structures and the soft tissue you have. Women’s saddles are wider and shorter to match our physical structure. Making sure you get the support and cushioning in all the right places.  Most women will benefit from using a gender specific saddle but there are exceptions to this rule, you will probably be aware if you are a women with narrow hip structure.

Do you suffer from a specific issue?

Sit bone ache: Is the width of your saddle supporting your sit bones correctly?  Is the level of padding you have correct for the riding you are doing?  Read our story Sit Bone Aches & Pains

Soft tissue compression: A cutout (hole) in the centre of the seat will relieve tenderness and reduce pain. Generally the wider the cutout the greater the relief. All the women bike saddles we sell have a cut out for comfort and relief.  Read our story Soft Tissue Compression on your Bike Saddle

Tailbone discomfort: The shape of the rear of your saddle (inverted V gives space for your bone) and the strength of your abs, failing to work as you tire, are the two most important factors here. Read our story Tail Bone Discomfort when Riding

Chaffing or saddle sores: Again saddle shape is really key here.  Your sit bones must be correctly supported and your legs need room to pedal.  Read our story Chaffing, Saddle Sores & Your Bike Seat

Types of cushioning

What is the padding on the saddle made of? Different materials used offer different benefits.  Foam is the most common padding and it comes in different types of density.  The higher the density the better over time (for longer rides/endurance saddles). Don’t be fooled into thinking that a squishy soft saddle will solve your discomfort it will quickly collapse and you will be left sitting on the seat shell!  It is better to add gel than add cheap soft padding. There is a balance you must get right between support and cushioning.  Learn more about these features of a saddle…

Quality materials

Higher quality saddles will generally use higher quality materials that do not compromise and will last you through years of riding.  As you ride more regularly the durability of your saddle should match to the high use.  Invest well now and you will have a saddle to use for years to come. Your saddle should ideally be 500gms or under.  

Your Rider Profile

Choosing the right bike saddle can be a confusing task.  We would like to make it simpler.  Having a clear idea of what you are looking for is key.  When you understand the type of rider that you are it makes the process easier.  Please take a look at our Rider Profile story.  Following the example given in this story shows you how to identify key features to look for in a saddle and will make your choices more obvious.

Casual Rider Solutions – Upright to Slight Bend Riders

Town/Bike Path Saddle
Saddle
Type of Rider
Town rider/short distance trails, commuter, good for improving to a Fitness or Consistent Rider.
Riding Position
Upright rider set up. Riding angle 90-60 degrees.
Features/Gender
Wide and soft, seamless cutaway, tailbone relief. If comfort is your prority then this is the saddle for you. Womens specific.
Cost

$105.00

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Casual Recreation Saddle
Saddle
Type of Rider
Short distances, does not ride often, bike paths, cycle ways, groomed trails, with the kids.
Riding Position
Slight to mid bend. Riding angle 80-40 degrees.
Features/Gender
Comfort and protection for social, relaxed riding. Good budget option. Cut out. Womens specific.
Cost

$79.00

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Wide Soft Saddle
Saddle
Type of Rider
Town, short distance, urban E-Bike.
Riding Position
Upright riding 90-80 degrees, straight back.
Features/Gender
Biofaom layers for soft comfort, simple suspension for bumpy surfaces. Unisex saddle.
Cost

$105.00

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Wide 'Sofa' Saddle
Saddle
Type of Rider
Town, urban, short distance, heavier rider, someone who needs extra support.
Riding Position
Upright rider, straight back. Riding angle 90-80 degrees.
Features/Gender
Very wide saddle, widest in range, non slip synthetic surface. Unisex saddle.
Cost

$110.00

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Gel Seat Cover
Saddle
Type of Rider
Use to tranisition to longer ride times, return to riding, new to riding, multiple days.
Riding Position
Helps with all riding positions.
Features/Gender
Gel, easy to attach pull string, use less as comfort improves. Available in wide width.
Cost

$39.90

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Fitness Solutions –  Slight to Full Forward Bend Riders

Wide Fitness Saddle
Saddle
Type of Rider
Fitness/Recreation on bike paths, cycle ways, groomed trails
Riding Position
Slight bend. Riding angle 90 to 70 degrees.
Features/Gender
Widest saddle in Fitness category. Shape for repetitive pedalling. Firm support including gel layer. Rear channel. Unisex saddle.
Cost

$97.00

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Womens Fitness Saddle
Saddle
Type of Rider
Fitness/Recreation on bike paths, cycle ways, groomed trails
Riding Position
Mid to upright rider set up. Riding angle 75 to 15 degrees.
Features/Gender
Comfort and protection for the social, recreation rider choosing easy to intermediate trails. Cut out. Womens specific.
Cost

$132.00

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Womens Mountain Bike Saddle
Saddle
Type of Rider
Mountain biker - beginner to advanced intermediate. Good Fitness to Consistent rider option.
Riding Position
All mountain bike set ups, exception downhill racing. Riding angle 75 to 15 degrees.
Features/Gender
Sleek T shaped saddle, wide cutout, durable outer cover to match the rugged environment. Womens specific.
Cost

$160.00

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Womens Road Saddle
Saddle
Type of Rider
Road - beginner to intermediate. First use of road saddle or returning to road riding.
Riding Position
Aggressive forward bend. Riding angle 60 to 15 degrees.
Features/Gender
Sleek T shaped. Comfort and protection for enthusiastic road riders. Cut out. Rear inverted V for tailbone relief. Womens specific.
Cost

$145.00

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Gel Seat Cover
Saddle
Type of Rider
Use to tranisition to longer ride times, return to riding, new to riding. Take on tour.
Riding Position
Helps with all riding positions.
Features/Gender
Gel, easy to attach pull string, available in narrow width.
Cost

$39.90

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Consistent Rider Solutions – Slight to Full Forward Bend

Endurance Multi-Environment Saddle
Saddle
Type of Riding
Mid to long distances, using one bike for everything, daily, consistent riding. Variety of surfaces and places.
Duration & Frequency
Daily riding. Regular over 1-2 hours. Made for distance/endurance.
Riding Position
Forard riding angle 60-15 degrees. Good shape for repetitive pedalling.
Features/Gender
Best performance gel saddle. Durable & strong, will last for years. Designed for confident, athletic riders. Women specific.
Cost

$255.00

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Womens Touring Trail Saddle
Saddle
Type of Riding
Touring, long distance, regular commuter. Smooth to gravel trails.
Duration & Frequency
Regular to daily rider. Will support greater than 1 hr ride times.
Riding Position
Mid to upright rider set up. Riding angle 80-60 degrees.
Features/Gender
Built up rear dense padding plus gel layer. Rear channel good for tail bone issues. Wide yet room for pedalling. Womens specific.
Cost

$145.00

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Womens Performance Racing Saddle
Saddle
Type of Riding
Racing - Triathlon, road or mountain bike.
Duration & Frequency
Training & Race days. Suits all levels of racing.
Riding Position
Aggressive forward bend, dynamic mover. Riding angle 15-45 degrees.
Features/Gender
Narrow width, sleek, short, minimal padding. Womens specific.
Cost

$190.00

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MAKE YOUR PURCHASE A SUCCESS…

Be comfortable at the contact point between you & the bike saddle.  There are multiple ways to improve your comfort on your bike seat.

Some key elements are:

  • Making sure you have the right saddle to match you and the type of riding you do.
  • Correct adjustment of the saddle – height/tilt/reach when you attach your saddle to the bike.
  • Padded bike pants with a sewn in chamois for added cushioning.  Personnel care by using a chamois cream correctly.
  • Ride well and be aware of the correct body position – Chi Riding.

 

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