What kind of Saddle to look for?
I am a novice biker, don't really have a specific terrain/style. I am wondering what makes a bike saddle comfortable or uncomfortable?
Not just the saddle but how the entire frame affects the comfort of the ride.
I would love to hear back from all styles of biking. If you could please include which style you mainly ride that would be helpful as well.
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Is this a survey type thing or are you really searching for a saddle? Riding style has a lot to do with it so if you are asking a general question, then the answer would be that all saddles are generally suggested....for the type of riding they are designed for.
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I use the same saddle on all my bikes- road, fixed, mountain, commuter. Once you find one that fits your unique anatomy, you'll probably do the same. WTB SST or pure V, BTW.
The problem with asking for a consensus on saddles is that our @$$es are are unique as our faces and a saddle that feels great to me might feel like sitting on the corner of a cinderblock wall to you.
The best approach is to find a bike shop that has a saddle exchange program, so that you can exchange seats until you find the least painful one, and keep your receipt.
So far, the best saddles for me have been Brooks B17 and the Specialized Avatar-Gel. I've tried nearly two-dozen saddles, but there is probably a Fizik or Selle Italia I haven't tried that would be perfecter.
Whatever you do, don't settle. Don't try to make do with a seat because you're too broke or lazy to try a different one. Also, check out the used seats on Ebay. I've got a few in my garage that I tried once or twice and decided weren't for me--lots of riders do this and there are always lightly-used saddles going up there.
Good luck and safe riding.
If you live in Canada you can go to a MEC store and use loaners for a few days and then exchange till you find something you like.
Some LBSs do that as well.
Being a first post and a name like saddlesearcdher im hesitant to answer,but could be legit.
Last edited by ddez; 04-15-10 at 07:15 PM.