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Old 05-27-24, 01:21 PM
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Saddles for bikefit.

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I am a physiotherapist who offer bikefit in my clinic. I would like to help my costumers to find a good saddle for their bike. But i canít buy 100 different test saddles that People Can try. Thatís why i am interested in hearing how other fitters do? Or if other People have ideas they are very welcome.
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I used a 100 Mile Ride as a Test for a Good Saddle.
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WTB sells a test saddle kit, has 18 different saddles. Should be enough to get at least a rough idea what someone needs in a saddle.
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Thanks Arrowana thatís a good idea. And that kit doesnít look too expensive either. But i really donít know that much about that brand and if itís difficult for custumers to buy in Denmark. I donít think you Can buy Them in bike shops here?
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Over the decades, I've given away at least 30 saddles, saddles I've bought and ridden for months, but then found something I didn't like about them. The best saddle for someone is probably something that the rider should pursue on their own. Probably 5 different shapes and sizes would be enough for a fitter to be able to get the rider in their most effective position on the bike. Some people can just ride whatever comes on the bike and be fine. Others, like me, need exactly the right thing in terms of size and shape. My usual saddle test has been to ride a century on a saddle. Even that is not enough, really. Over many saddle hours, things appear that are invisible in even one century ride. For sure, there's no way to know if a saddle might be the right thing until after the third hour. Obviously, that's not happening during a bike fit. Just getting close in terms of profile and plan view shape is about all one can do in an hour and even that is problematic.

A typical bike shop approach is to offer a wide variety of saddle sizes and shapes and allow the rider to test ride them, but only after paying a substantial deposit and agreeing to buy a saddle when the testing is done.
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as others have noted, there are huge number of saddles available. And I understand that you want to have the rider on their 'best' fit saddle.
Saddle position is the foundation of a good 'fit'/posture. But you can't really make finding the perfect saddle part of what you offer. That's a huge thing by itself.
And could occupy a huge amount of your time and effort.
Sitting on a saddle for the time needed to do a fit is much less determining compared to multiple hours and days on a saddle.
You could get a representative saddle for some of the more common saddle shapes, which means maybe 8 to 10 saddles.
It's a 'chicken before/or the egg' ? conundrum.
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Originally Posted by Jakobsvit
Thanks Arrowana thatís a good idea. And that kit doesnít look too expensive either. But i really donít know that much about that brand and if itís difficult for custumers to buy in Denmark. I donít think you Can buy Them in bike shops here?
I don't live in Denmark, so it is hard for me to judge how popular WTB is there, but a quick search seems to show there are retailers in the EU who carry WTB products. They make fairly nice stuff, and their Silverado saddle is one I've used for awhile. Even if they aren't that easy to find where you are at, it still can give an idea what someone should look for in a saddle.

Perhaps you could contact various manufacturers of saddles that are commonly available near you, maybe some of them also offer test saddles.
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Selle SMP

I have seen fitters in my area with the Selle SMP test kit:

https://www.sellesmp.com/en/test-our-saddles.html

I don't know how many saddles are in their test kit but I've probably seen a dozen or so.

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The hard part you'll have is convincing people that haven't ever cycled or that have been away from cycling for a time is that they'll have to get use to the saddle. And that takes about three weeks of riding regularly even though initially getting on the saddle hurts. But after a few minutes of pedaling it's not that bad. If they don't ride regularly, then they'll prolong the period it takes to get use to it.

Pre-teems, Teens and young adults may have no issue. Older people will swear their saddle is wrong and will want saddles that aren't practical at all for the type of cycling they wish to do. And they'll buy saddles to that feel comfortable for a ride or too and then they'll get another to try that will again seem comfortable for a ride or two. They'll swap saddles for a time until their butt finally gets use to the stress the saddle puts on sit bones and other structures of the pelvis. Eventually they'll be back to using a saddle not to unlike the first saddle the bike came with.

I'd say just try to accumulate some saddles that have a flat profile from nose to rear and then some that have a rise or flare upward when they get near the back and with cutouts of all sizes in the center. Cutouts can ease the pressure on parts of the perineal area, but they shouldn't be so wide that the sit bones or ischial tuberosities fall off the saddle and into the cutout as a person leans forward on the bike rolling their pelvis to keep a flatter back.

I prefer the flatter saddles from front to back. My son prefers a saddle with a rise toward the back. Every one is different. Especially us old people that you'll have the hardest time convincing that you really are telling us the correct thing to do. Some of us have the attitude that if it doesn't immediately provide relief or that it just feels odd, that we must immediately go back to the way it was set up before, whether that's correct or not.
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