Being comfortable on your bike saddle is going to make time on your bike more enjoyable. Bike saddles vary in shape and the materials used to make them as well as where the cushioning is placed… so it is important you get the right bike saddle for YOU.
There are specific bike saddles (seats) for specific styles of riding…like mountain, town, road and touring that are designed to meet the demands of that type of riding. But what if you enjoy taking the same bike into all of those environments? There are bike saddles that are designed for the all round regular rider.
How do you know if an all-round bike saddle is the perfect match to the type of rider you are?
We suggest that you know and understand your rider profile – see more at How to Find the Perfect Bike Seat. The four elements of your riding profile that will have a big influence on the type of saddle you should choose are your gender, your riding position, where and the type of riding you do and if you have any specific areas of tenderness.
To match to a women’s all-round saddle your rider profile would be
- female (gender)
- changing body position on the bike (riding position)
- enjoy riding in a variety of places, over varying terrain most days and all this is done on the same bike (all round biker)
- discomfort or pressure on a saddle with no cut-out, especially when riding for long periods of time (most female riders experience this)
So now that we have established that you are looking for a women’s all-round saddle what features should this saddle have?
KEY DESIGN FEATURES to support your comfort, provide you with versatility and give great soft tissue relief
Regular riding in a variety of environments can see you moving through a range of body positions, over a variety of terrain.
So what does this look like in a women’s all-round saddle?
The saddle shape – mid to slim
The versatility needed from this saddle requires it to be on the mid to narrow side of the scale while still providing an even surface for weight bearing onto. It will also be narrow enough not to interfere with pedal stroke in a forward bend position or when doing some serious climbing. This type of saddle shape suits women who struggle with the sleek, narrow performance style saddles that are simply not wide enough. A wide cut-out will provide much needed relief for medium to long distance rides where you are in one unchanging body position.
Padding – versatile & endurance focused
The support provided by an all-round saddle tends to be designed around protection for endurance type riding. This means a high quality foam support for a 45 to 15 degree forward bend position that is sustained over long periods of time or repeated with regular riding. A slim gel layer will provide additional cushioning for those who struggle with comfort.
Materials – need to match up to the regular sustained use that this saddle will have.
get Ready and goRide – The Right All round Bike Saddle (Seat)
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