GUIDE – Be Comfortable on your Bike Seat
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Bike seat comfort is so important to your riding enjoyment but many riders suffer on their saddle. Commonly it does not come down to a single solution but requires working through a combination of strategies to find comfort.
Discomfort on your saddle often comes on when you
- increase your riding time and/or increase how often you ride
- have a new or worn out saddle or a saddle that does not suit the rider you are.
- if you are new to riding or returning to riding after a break
Comfort on your bike seat can be achieved but how that is achieved will often be different for every rider. Our guide will help support you on your journey to comfort. Read our stories, gather information and make change. If you would prefer one on one support, advice and a comfort plan …then you can purchase an online bike seat comfort consultation from goRide.
Ride in padded underwear or padded pants
Key things to know… a chamois is the padding sewn into the inside of bike specific clothing like padded bike pants and underwear (goUnders). This padding sits between you and the bike seat. The padding provides cushioning helping to reduce discomfort and allows you to sit on your seat for longer. A chamois should be worn directly against your skin with no other fabric or seams touching it. Therefore just to clarify you do not wear normal everyday underwear under your bike underwear(goUnders) or your padded bike pants.
Best way to solve these issues is to wear bike specific underwear or pants that have a chamois (padding) sewn into it when you ride. There are different types of chamois available so you can match the padding density & shape to your riding and comfort needs. There are solutions for all riders with a wide range of sizes to choose from.
goUnders (Padded Underwear) & Padded Bike Pant Solutions
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Womens goUnders are available in a High Waist Brief or a Mid Waist Brief as well as a Boy Leg Style. Available in a wide range of sizes… LEARN MORE
Sizes S to 3XL
Mens goUnders in a fitted boxer style for comfort & protection over distance & time on the bike. Available in a wide range of sizes… LEARN MORE
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Kids/Youth goUnders are available so you have comfort solutions for the whole family. A fun colourful boxer style for kids 3yrs+ as well as solutions for youth girls and boys… LEARN MORE
Ride Well to be Comfortable
Key things to know… how you ride plays a large part in your bike seat comfort and is particularly important if you are new, returning to riding or wanting to spend more time on your bike. How you ride includes your riding position on the bike, your pedalling technique, where you sit on the saddle as well as how you manage spending more time on your bike (increasing how often you ride and/or your biking time/distance).
Best way to solve these issues is to read these stories and gain some understanding of how you can improve your riding to support your comfort on your bike seat. When you ride be aware of your position, how you pedal and where you sit on the saddle. If you are wanting to increase the amount you ride understand how best to achieve this without stressing your body.
Ride on a saddle that matches to you
Key things to know… the saddle that comes with your bike may not be the right saddle for you… most often, especially for women, it is not. 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 (your rider profile) and then match that to the correct saddle. Once you have the right saddle it is important to get that saddle in the correct position for you.
Best way to solve this is firstly to understand whether you are a Casual, Fitness or Consistent Rider. goRide has categorised saddles into these 3 categories which will help and support you to get your correct saddle match. Click on the category that matches you as a rider… Casual, Fitness or Consistent.
Once you have the right saddle you can work on your saddle position. Is your bike seat straight, is it the right height, what about up or down tilt as well as your reach to the handlebars? These are all things you can alter and fine tune when adjusting your saddle, to find what we call your bike seat ‘Sweet Spot’.
Casual Rider... enjoys shorter ride times and leisurely trips. Usually less than an hour. Can be a new rider or returning to riding after a long break. The riding is gentle and easy and can be anything from once a month to daily.
Fitness Rider... enjoys short to mid length riding on a regular basis, often 2-3 times a week. Usually riding from 30 minutes to 2 hours with occasional longer rides. Can be working towards or training for a specific trail. The riding is varied, usually social and at times is moderately challenging.
Consistent Rider... consistent, confident rider, committed to a riding lifestyle. Usually riding from 30 minutes to 2 hours+. Takes the opportunity for regular longer rides. Maintains a high level of bike fitness. Will happily ride alone and rides through all seasons. Skilled in different environments. Is strong and in control even when the terrain or traffic is challenging.
Casual Rider Saddles
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Our selection of saddles that match to a Casual Rider. See definition above.
Fitness Rider Saddles
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Our selection of saddles that match to a Fitness Rider. See definition above.
Consistent Rider Saddles
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Our selection of saddles that match the consistent rider. See description above.
Gel Saddle Cover
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Use a gel cover to help with comfort on your bike. This cover goes over your saddle for extra padding. Ideal when new to, or getting back into riding or wanting to increase your riding distance… LEARN MORE
Manage Specific Comfort Issues
Key things to know… there are 4 common issues that riders have challenges with. Sit Bone, Tail Bone and Soft Tissue discomfort as well as problems with Chaffing. Each of these 4 issues have different causes and different things for you to consider. We have written stories on these 4 common saddle complaints to help you improve your bike seat comfort. These stories will help you identify the problem you are experiencing and provide suggestions on possible causes and solutions. In addition to these 4 stories we have a story to help heavy riders understand some of the challenges they may face and ways to manage these challenges.
Best way to solve challenges is to read the stories that relate to your particular issue or issues and gain some understanding of what will improve your comfort on your bike seat.
What are the successful Bike Seat Comfort solutions for you? Your success is different to others… use our stories and support, get the right solutions.
Stories & support
Full range of comfort on the bike seat stories on one easy to navigate page.
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.
How to Adjust your Bike Saddle
Learn how to make minor adjustments to the position of your bike saddle so you improve your comfort on your bike seat.
A Gel Cover or Not?
Learn how to use a Bike Seat Gel Cover and understand if it is a comfort solution for you?
Guide to Riding for Longer
A fantastic goal to have is to be able to ride for longer…there are so many benefits and it opens up what you could achieve on a bike.
Padded Bike Pants
Should you be wearing padded bike pants or padded bike underwear to help with comfort on your bike seat?
Bike Seat Sweet Spot
The position of your saddle can effect your comfort when you ride. Learn about saddle position.
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