Do you need a women specific saddle?
Yes…if you are a women and you ride. If you are uncomfortable in your saddle region when you ride and/or you want to enjoy your ride by improving your comfort.
The position you ride in
The support and cushioning in a bike saddle is designed to match the position you ride in. The type of bike you have and the set up of your bike puts you in a certain riding position. Understand your riding position so you can find the right bike saddle. Workout your riding position (riding angle) by finding out the angle between the line of your bike saddle and a line along the length of your back. Find out more here.
The type of rider you are
The shape of the saddle and the materials for support and cushioning are based on the type of riding you do. Understand what type of rider you are. A town/short distance commuter, mountain biker, touring/long distance commuter, road, fitness/recreational, or an all rounder so you can find the right saddle. Learn more here.
Do you have genital tenderness on/off the bike
A seamless cutout in the centre of the seat will relieve tenderness. Generally the wider the cutout the greater the relief. All our women bike saddles have a cut out for comfort and relief.
Women’s saddles are wider and shorter to match our differences in bone structure and soft tissue. Making sure you get the support and cushioning in all the right places. Bike saddles also differ in shape depending on the type of riding you do. A pear shaped saddle has more width giving optimal cushioning for the town rider. The T shaped saddle has a wide rear, narrow mid and narrow front section for a higher intensity ride that offers support but reduces chafing.
What is the saddle made of? Different materials used offer different benefits. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a squishy saddle will solve your uncomfortable ride woes. There is a balance between support (seat shell and multi-density foam) and cushioning (gel and lighter density of foam). Understanding the type of rider you are will help you get the right saddle match so you get the support and cushioning where you need it most. Learn more about materials used.
You don’t want a saddle that is heavy. That will just add to the weight of the bike when you push it around or have to lift it. Higher quality saddles will generally use higher quality materials that do not compromise on weight. Your saddle should be 500gms or under. As high performance becomes more important the weight should be less.
Do you have any additional requirements or concerns that you may need to consider. Low back pain, tailbone discomfort.
Make your purchase a success…
Be comfortable at the contact point between you & the bike saddle.
The 4 key points to help make your saddle comfortable.
- The right saddle
- 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
- Ride in the correct body position – Chi Riding.
Care and Cleaning for your saddle
With the right care your saddle will last you a long time. Learn about care and cleaning.