- Jul 29, 2018 -
What's your type of riding:
If you've decided to need a new saddle,narrow your choices this way:
Recreational:If you sit upright while pedaling a cruiser,urban or communter bike and prefer short rides,try a cushioning saddle.Wide with plush padding and/or springs,it sports a short nose and provides plenty of comfort.You can also opt for a seatpost with springs,which will further cushiion your ride.
Road:Racing or clocking significant road miles? The performance saddle is long,narrow and sports minimal padding.During a ride,very little weight rests on your sit bones, while your tucked position requires as little extraneous material between your legs as possible for maximum power transfer and minimal chafing.New to road riding? Opt for a slightly softer asddle that will keep you comfortable while your body adjusts to hours of spining
Mountain:On mountain trails,you alternately stand up on the pedals, perch way back(sometimes just hovering over or even off your saddle) or crouch down in a tucked position.Because of these varied positions, you'll want a mountain-specific saddle with padding for your sit bones, a durable cover and a steanmlned shape that will aid your movement.
Touring:Long-distance riding demands a performance saddle-or an all-leather saddle,that falls between a monutain and road saddle.You'll want plenty of sit-bone cushioning and a fairly long,narrow nose.
Women-specific:with typically wider hips and ischial bones and smaller bodies, women generally benefit from women-specific saddles designed to accommodate these anatomical differeces