Gaining comfort on a bike seat can be a challenging and often quite a complex task. Comfort is very individual… some people seem not to suffer from any discomfort and others find achieving comfort very difficult.
Wherever you sit on this spectrum, know that improving your comfort is possible … you just need to find what works best for you. Let’s understand what the options are to help support your seat comfort.
Seat Comfort Solutions:
There are 6 solutions to work through that can help support your comfort on your bike seat…
- How You Ride – your riding position, pedalling technique, where you sit on the saddle as well as your management of increasing your riding time/distance and frequency
- The Right Bike Saddle – to match you as a rider
- Your Bike Saddle Position – it’s height, tilt or reach to the handlebars
- Padded Bike Pants or Underwear – for added cushioning
- Chamois Cream – to prevent and soothe
- Bike Saddle Cover – for intermittent use to support your comfort as you train your body to cope with increased biking
How You Ride:
It is no coincidence that this is first on our list. Riding in a good position is essential for you to be comfortable on your bike seat and particularly important if you are new, returning to riding or wanting to spend more time on your bike. In this solution we are addressing; your riding position, pedaling technique, where you sit on the saddle as well as how you manage spending more time on your bike (increasing your biking time/distance and frequency).
The Right Bike Saddle:
Your options for a bike saddle are extensive. Saddles vary in the materials they are made of, the width, the length, the shape. They vary in where support and comfort is positioned within the saddle. To get the right saddle you need to understand yourself as a rider and then match that to the correct saddle.
Your Bike Seat Position:
What position is your bike seat in… is it straight, is it the right height, what about forward/backwards tilt as well as your reach to your handlebars? These are all things you can alter and fine tune when adjusting your saddle, to find what we call you bike seat ‘Sweet Spot’.
Padded Bike Pants or Underwear:
A chamois (padding) that is sewn into pants or underwear provides another layer of cushioning. By choosing a chamois that matches the riding you do – the time spent on the bike – it can assist in your comfort.
Chamois Cream is a cream that can be applied to both prevent and soothe any tenderness that may occur as a result of spending time on a bike seat. It can assist you if you are riding distance/time and riding regularly. It is definitely great to have this as an option if you are doing a multi day ride.
A Gel Bike Seat Cover:
A Gel Bike Seat Cover is simply a cover that you place over your existing bike seat (saddle). Its purpose is to help support comfort as you transition your body to spending more time/distance frequency on the bike seat.
Your bike riding success is different to others… use our stories and support, get the right solutions.
How to Break a New Saddle In
Your body needs to adjust to a new saddle… do not expect to get a new saddle and immediately be able to go for long rides.