Saddles

Traits of a Better Saddle

The following is a response from Coach Rick Schultz to a reader who has suffered through 25 years' of ill-suited saddles, quite possibly related to bad bike fits. Coach Schultz is a fit expert (author of Bike Fit 101) and put together an illustrated 11-page PDF document that touches on the most significant aspects of a proper fit, why a correct fit is a must to ensure saddle comfort, and provides a list of his favorite saddles. The introduction of that piece is below, with the link to the PDF at the end. 

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What's the Best Saddle for Indoor Training?

I have a bike permanently set up on my trainer. Unfortunately, I have never found a saddle that is comfortable for sessions over 45 minutes. I assume this is because I get into a training zone and stay seated for long periods. I realize that saddles are a highly personal thing, but are there specific styles that seem more suitable for a trainer?

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How To Find A Safe, Comfortable Saddle

Since the late 1990s, saddle design has seen major innovation. A big impetus came from a prominent doctor's contention that sitting on a bike seat might lead to damaged nerves or blood vessels in some men. This risk, plus the occasional bout of temporary genital numbness that many riders experience, put designers into action. 

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What's My Correct Saddle Width?

I'm a triathlete who has frequent problems with saddle sores. I wonder if they're caused by a discrepancy between the width of my sit bones compared to my saddle. I measured my sit bones (hard to do!), and they're about 100-115 mm apart. How should this measurement guide my saddle selection?

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