How seriously do you take your saddle? If you’re riding with discomfort, that’s not par for the course, that’s a problem you can solve. It’s not always easy to find just the right saddle fit, but it’s worth the research.
No one should have an uncomfortable ride.
That’s why we’ve put together these top five tips for saddle satisfaction.
- Start early.
You deserve a comfy ride. Don’t wait until right before your long ride – begin your research now so you can have your saddle dialed in by the time you truly need it.
- Try a low cost saddle.
If you don’t like the stock saddle that came with your bike, it’s time to find a new saddle. A standard saddle begins around $35, like the WTB Speed She. You may find that a very basic saddle does the job. Some people have a very hard time finding a saddle that fits right, but that’s not the case for everyone.
- Check out the Saddle Library
Okay, let’s say you are one of those people whose body just doesn’t feel great on most saddles. Then you’re going to need deeper research. If you’re in the Portland area, check out the Saddle Library at Gladys Bikes. Gladys Bikes specializes in bikes for women and they let people check out and ride saddles from their innovative Saddle Library. Owner Leah Benson is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
- Gender MAY not matter.
Saddles are a gendered piece of gear only because of some standards that apply to men and women, but not necessarily to everyone. Most men have narrower sit bones and longer pelvic bones than women so you’ll typically want to select a women’s saddle. However, if all your research into women’s saddles leaves you still unsatisfied, it’s not a bad idea to check out a few men’s saddles, too.
- Match your saddle to your ride.
If you ride upright, you’ll probably want a saddle that’s wider at the back because of how your pelvic bones interact with the saddle while you ride. If you’re in a more aggressive position, a narrower saddle is probably what you’ll want. Match your saddle to the position of your body.
Joyride is a women’s event from the ride experts at Cycle Oregon. This one-day event features routes from 16-60 miles that start and finish at Soller Vineyards, a gorgeous estate setting in Dundee Hills of Dayton, Oregon. See the website for this year’s date.
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