- Try Lots Of Seats - Within each saddle category there's a great variety of models, designs and features. To select the right one may require visiting our store and sitting on some different models. We can also point out our most popular models for the type of riding you do.
- Ask Your Friends - If you ride with friends, ask them what they recommend, too. While everyone's anatomy is a little different, you might find that the seat your buddy loves works for you, too. Plus, she'll probably let you take a spin on hers to find out how it fits and feels.
- Check Seat Height & Angle - A common cause of saddle sores is a seat that's adjusted wrong. Make sure yours is set level with the ground and at just the right height so that when the balls of your feet are on the pedals, you have a slight bend in your knees when they reach 6 o'clock (bottom of the pedal stroke). If the seat's angled down, set too high or low, it will cause discomfort and pain. If you need to tip the seat angle a bit, never angle it more than 3 degrees up or down. Be sure to ask if you have any questions or need help adjusting your seat. We can help and we're expert at fitting seats and bicycles.
- Ride More - You have to get used to sitting on a bicycle saddle. So, don't give up on one you think should work until you've put together a few weeks of rides. By that time, you should know if the seat's right or not.
- Move Around - Many cyclists get in the bad habit of sitting in one spot on the seat, which is a likely cause of numbness and pain. The solution is simply moving around on the saddle occasionally to change the pressure points. And to stand about every 15 minutes to take all the pressure off the seat.
- Dress For Cycling - You can get by with any old clothing if you're idling around on a cruiser with a wide, padded saddle, however, once you start riding faster and farther, proper cycling attire makes a huge difference in comfort. Here's why: street clothes, such as jeans and cut-offs include seams in the worst possible place, the crotch. When you're riding, you're essentially sitting on these bumps, which can cut off circulation and cause chafing leading to numbness, pain and problems. This is why we recommend cycling shorts, which feature flat seams and padding in the crotch area, plus moisture-wicking fabric to keep you dry and comfortable no matter how far or hard your ride. And, don't worry, there are different styles, not all are skin tight.
Come by the store to check out our wide selection of comfortable saddles!