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 road riding bike saddles (seats) that are designed to meet the demands that road riding puts on your body.
How do you know if a road riding 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 road riding saddle your rider profile would be
- female (gender)
- typically forward – aerodynamic (riding position)
- urban and rural roads on a road riding bike (road rider)
- 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 road riding saddle what features should this saddle have?
KEY DESIGN FEATURES to support your comfort, protect you from front of the saddle pressure and allow great leg movement
A typical road bike ride can see you tackling challenging climbs, doing a favourite urban circuit or looping a lake.
So what does this look like in a women’s saddle?
The saddle shape – narrow/sleek
Road riding saddles are the skinniest of all the saddle types. This allows for long periods of repeated pedalling without any chaffing or restriction in leg movement. However, it is still important that your sit bones have a flat surface to rest onto so that they get feedback and you are not constantly changing position to find that feeling.
Padding – minimal with emphasis on front support
The forward bend of road riders puts pressure towards the front of the saddle so these saddles don’t tend to have very much bulk/cushioning to the rear. The forward bend also distributes weight over a greater area so good quality thin foam is sufficient. A cut out is important for minimising discomfort.
Material – Performance athletes/racers look for lightweight options. Everyday riders should focus on quality & strength
get Ready and goRide – The Right Road Riding Saddle (Seat)
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