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Old 04-08-20, 11:18 AM
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Comfortable seat

Trying to figure out the best seat for an adult woman who likes to ride but hate to say it, one that doesn't irritate the vajj!
Any suggestions. Is a smaller skinny seat better?
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Your issue isn't that different from men's with their perineum. You need to find the seat type and position that works for you. I posted a few hours ago to a man riding (probably) a hybrid type with seat issues. I linked it below. My response is post #17 .

Bike seat pain, long trips

Seats with a cutout or center groove might well be the best option for you. (I started riding them in my 40s when the seats I used to race and loved no longer worked. We are all very different, probably as different down there as our faces (no, not personal research but I look at what others ride and the variety is huge). So don't latch on to any seat advised by others as "the answer". That said, there is a woman's brand of seats that are excellent, the Terrys. Some of the earliest if not the first seats designed specifically for women's anatomy by Georgina Terry. (She also has a men's model that is basically the seat I used to race with a cutout. I believe still made by the same company that made my racing seats. Very good seats.

Take a look at the link above. Getting the seat right matters a lot! If your seat doesn't "disappear" keep searching. (But note that the answer might be a tweak of your existing seat's tilt, height or fore and aft location.)

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Old 04-09-20, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by thequeen View Post
Trying to figure out the best seat for an adult woman who likes to ride but hate to say it, one that doesn't irritate the vajj!
Any suggestions. Is a smaller skinny seat better?
The kind of saddle you want partly depends on the type of riding you do. If you're on a racing bike, yeah, small & skinny will work. If you're on a bolt upright cruiser you'll want something wider. I've had great luck with Specialized saddles in the $45 -$60 range. I personally prefer a groove rather than a cutout, as it offers a little support for my lady bits rather than just leaving them bulging through a hole. Ben has some great advice. Check with your local bike shop; if you can get in, they probably have a little device to measure your sit bones so you can get the proper width.

I can't emphasize enough, stay far, far away from anything super wide and/or with a ton of padding. They are evil and should be banned. I was surprised as anything to discover I don't need much padding; not one of those hard racing saddles, but less than I thought I would. Be prepared to try several before you find the right one, and then buy three. It's a very personal piece of equipment, and the most frustrating to find.

Good luck and don't stop riding!
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Old 04-09-20, 01:30 AM
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Let her try different seats, and see which she likes.

I suggest a large seat, so a larger area is supported. See is that is what she likes.
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Old 04-11-20, 07:26 AM
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Several female riders I know love their Selle Anatomica leather saddles and highly recommend them. As others have said, it is a very personal choice and takes time to find the right one.
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