I need recommendations for a comfortable bike saddle for a road bike?

(8 Posts)
Liltzero Fri 29-Mar-13 18:11:24

I only went out for an hour today and despite wearing cycling shorts and leggings it was an uncomfortable ride and it hurt to pee afterwards! (Sorry if TMI!)

Any advice gratefully received.

Pedallleur Sat 06-Apr-13 22:18:14

You need to be sat correctly first of all with little or no pressure in the front (pubic bone area) and more on the sit bones area. Is your derriere wide or narrow? Some saddles come in different width sizes eg 130mm,143mm. Specialized BG are popular and the dealers have a pad thing you sit on to measure the sit bones. You should also be thinking aout a central cut out to relieve pressure.Selle Italia Lady saddles are popular and you can borrow demo model from some dealers. More expensive are Selle Anatomica which are leather saddles but suspended as opposed to a hard shell type. Evans may have a good range. Bontrager may also have some women specific models

Mondrian Tue 09-Apr-13 12:18:26

DW is very happy with Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow after going through a dozen saddles. Make sure the saddle nose is level with the rear or even slightly lower but not so much that you find yourself slipping down the saddle. It will take a couple of weeks to get used to a new saddle so start nice and easy and only ride for as long as its comfortable - 30mins! Then add a little each time you go for a spin and dont forget if you find you have a sore backside take a day or two off.

If you have problem with peeing then i suspect it could be that your saddle nose is raised!

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Tue 09-Apr-13 14:02:48

It's about fit, and sadly a lot about trial and error. I get on well with the Specialized BG ones - I have a jett and a ruby (the jett is more forgiving) both of which have a cut out which I wouldn't be without. Being measured on the buttometer isn't dignified, but was worth it for me.

LadyMud Thu 11-Apr-13 21:10:56

As Pedallleur says, the important thing is to get a saddle of the right width. This means it matches the width of your "sit bones" (aka ischial tuberosities or protuberances). Our pelvises are generally wider than men's, for obvious reasons, and so we need saddles specifically designed for women (D4W, WSD, etc). It makes no difference whether you are fat or thin - the bones will still be in the same place!

Women's saddles generally come in three sizes:
Small (approx 130mm)
Medium (approx 143mm)
Large (approx 155mm)

Small and medium tend to be better for road cycling, where you are bent forward.

Medium and large are preferred for MTB, with a more upright position.

So the first step is getting the right width. How do you decide? Well, as HTFU implies, the lads in your local bike shop will be delighted to assist blush . But check first that they actually have a buttometer (much nicer word than arse-ometer). There's more information on the Specialized website.

Then you can start to look for a suitable saddle for your specific purpose. But nothing beats actually trying out a few different saddles, though!

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Fri 12-Apr-13 14:42:26

I forgot to add - and I promise I don't work for them - that Specialized do a 30 day money back guarantee if you don't get on with the saddle you bought.

Mondrian Fri 12-Apr-13 18:32:30

Come to think of it San Marco have a saddle test plan where they loan different saddles to potential customers, you might like their Mantra saddle.

Mumofthreeteens Sun 14-Apr-13 16:49:33

I have a Selle smp trk, I bought it last year when I purchased a drop handle road bike. What a relief and no pain although it is a little wide compared to what I was using. Not expensive either.

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