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 fitness/bike path saddles (seats) that are designed to meet the demands that riding on bike paths puts on your body.
How do you know if a fitness/bikepath 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 fitness/bike path saddle your rider profile would be
- female (gender)
- slight forward bend riding position, that is 65 to 45 degree angle (riding position)
- on road/sealed pathways, gravel roads and easy off road trails on a trail/hybrid/commute bike (fitness/bike path biker)
- discomfort or pressure on a saddle with no cut-out (most women experience this)
So now that we have established that you are looking for a women’s fitness/bike path saddle what features should this saddle have?
KEY DESIGN FEATURES to support your comfort & give you the right protection from a variety of terrain
A typical fitness/bike path ride 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 fitness/bike path saddle?
The saddle shape – mid width
Provides a wider rear platform than a road riding saddle for support but still allows comfortable pedaling at reasonable speed. Its width provides comfort great for those with wider sit bones. This saddle shape allows for comfort in a greater variety of body positions while not restricting movement.
Padding – mid range
Well positioned flat foam provides a great pedalling platform and minimises vibrations from changing surfaces. This versatile saddle is designed with a cut out to reduce any issue with soft tissue compression.
Materials – practical & budget friendly (you often get great features with these saddles at a better price point)
goRide’s Fitness/Bike Path Saddle solution for women is… The Butterfly Cromoly Bike Saddle from Terry Cycling.
Terry Cycling make award winning saddles. They were the first company in the world to do a women’s specific saddle because they understand the differences and the need. Butterfly saddles are their top sellers!
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