February 1, 2011
When it comes to picking out the right saddle for your bicycle, the options can seem overwhelming. That's partly because there really isn't one correct solution. Some prefer or need something softer; others, something firmer. Some riders comfortably ride the saddles their bikes come with for thousands and thousands and thousands of miles.
A lot of us, especially those of us who tour and spend extremely long days on our bikes, have to work a little to find the saddle we're comfortable with. Women-specific saddles generally have a cutout in the middle to relieve pressure on soft tissue, and are a little wider for added "sit bones" stability. Terry makes a ton of great saddles for women (and men), and has been at the forefront of female-specific cycling gear for years.
Of course, among the standbys for touring cyclists are the saddles from Brooks, which have been on the market for more than 100 years. Not for the faint of rear-end, the popular B17 flagship model usually takes about 500 miles to break in. At that point, it starts receiving reviews like, "At the risk of sounding pedantic, I will say that I will NEVER sit on any other brand of saddle henceforth," and "easily the most comfortable saddle I have owned."
It's important to keep in mind a few little things that can make all the difference. Proper seat height is very important, and personally I like to keep my saddle tilted slightly forward to relieve a little pressure. Any other suggestions?
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