Make sure you have the right bicycle seat

When I started riding again the seat on my new bike was just as uncomfortable as you can imagine.  I hated to go bike riding because of that darn seat.  It’s not supposed to be that way ladies.  You just have to choose the right bicycle seat for you, where your going to ride, how your going to ride, etc.

Keep in mind, like any new sport, you will exerience a little bit of soreness when you start out but that should go away after a few weeks of regular riding.

There are a number of different seat types but only three basic riding positions:

Upright Riding Position:  sitting completely upright, pedaling slowly, all your weight direcly on your seat.

 – Choosing a wide, cushioned seat will work best

Regular Riding Position:  leaning slightly forward, pedaling fast, some of your weight supported by the handlebars and pedals.

 – Choosing a medium-width, medium-padded seat will work best

Pro Riding Position:  very forward, pedaling very fast, weight supported by seat, handlebars and pedals.

 – Choosing a narrow, lightly padded seat will work best

When shopping for a seat if you are looking for one to suit the Upright riding style make sure you get one with lots of padding.  If you’re choose a seat for longer and/or faster rides, either regular or pro, you’ll want to pick a seat that has a little bit of padding built into the appropriate areas to relieve pressure.  You’ll find the seats with more padding for this riding style will cause numbness and pain, which is what you are trying to avoid.

Because everyone’s bottom is a different width, you’ll need to find a seat that fits your “sit bones”.  These are the two points you feel when you sit on a curb.  Your sit bones should be centered over the rear of the seat and you will probably find that on most seats there are anatomic bumps in that area for this purpose.

You may notice that some seats have a groove or hole cut in the top.  This part is the section that usually causes numbing and pain in sensative areas so they take it out.

However you ride, select a seat that feels right for you.  Try lots of seats, ask your friends, check seat height and angle, ride more (you should know within 2-3 weeks of riding if the seat is right for you), move around on the seat while riding and dress for cycling (padded bicycle shorts help).

Ride, live, have fun!  See you on the trails.

Cindy 🙂

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