Three Things to Look for in a Comfortable Bike Seat

How to get back in the saddle, without feeling sore

Figuring out the most comfortable saddle for you might involve a little trial and error. But if you want to try to minimize your chance of backside bruises, there are a few things to look out for.

Pain-Free Riding

This product includes an alert blinker underneath, powered by five LEDs. DAWAY

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Serious cyclists insist that on long rides a really padded seat actually isn’t the answer (because the padding gets compressed in some areas and gathers in others which can chafe). But if you’re only commuting on your bike or going for shorter rides, you might want something that’s a little more cushioned and forgiving.

Increased Support

Well-padded pillion with forgiving cushioning and extra width that can be adapted to fit just about any ride. YLG

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The ideal width of your bike saddle corresponds not with the size of your backside, but the distance between your sit bones. Don’t know how wide apart your sit bones are? A cycle shop should have a memory foam device that can measure this—and the ideal saddle is sit bone width plus just under an inch.

For Tough Terrain

Wear-resistant with an air vent and protection against bumpy roads. MSDADA

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One of the other factors that will affect saddle comfort is the suspension of the saddle. The better the suspension, the more it will absorb the lumps and bumps of the road, meaning you’ll feel it less when you hit a pothole. A saddle with shock-absorbing springs underneath is better than no springs at all, but for extra protection look for one that has springs set around rubber balls so you’ve got two different types of protection.