I have routinely ridden for two to three hours at a time and have never been bothered by it. Case in point, I think the ISM Prologue recommended above is an absolutely horrendous saddle, and I barely made it through one ride before selling it, but lots of people raved about it, so I bought it used and sold it for nearly what I paid.
I've tried probably a dozen saddles over the year, from Sell Italian to Sell San Marcos to Specialized to ISM to Fiji to Outrage, etc., etc. Currently, I'm riding 100 gram full carbon (no padding) saddles from China.
Location: Tavern, PA (20 miles West of Philly) Do it BEFORE you notice the discomfort. Try it before you start down the rabbit hole of comfortable saddles.
Do it BEFORE you notice the discomfort. Try it before you start down the rabbit hole of comfortable saddles. Concur, BUT with the caveat that if you want to ride farther than 25 miles at a pop, you will need to go down that rabbit hole. I have noticed that the structured workouts tend to be harder on the thus than free riding, because you remain seated the whole time.
I have been using the trainer to dial in my bike fit adjustments (saddle position, etc). I never experienced too much discomfort on the road because as you suggest, you are stopping often or can more easily get out of the saddle.
People will happily name random saddles, but that means nothing. Or buy a few different shaped saddles on Amazon/eBay for cheap and try them out.
Personally, if I had no idea what to use, I would lean heavily on a local shop with test saddles. Or buy a few different shaped saddles on Amazon/eBay for cheap and try them out.
Personally, if I had no idea what to use, I would lean heavily on a local shop with test saddles. In addition to the above advice (which is all excellent), be sure to visit a shop that can measure your sit bones width in order to steer you toward a saddle of the appropriate width.
I would pay for a good, “professional”, bike fit rather going down the rabbit hole of finding the right saddle first if you haven't done so. W/O the rocker, I was getting pretty uncomfortable at the three-hour mark and had to rest the next day.
I tried the standing up approach, 45 secs every 10 minutes and that seemed to work fine. Then I want to check out some other saddles and experiment when I can get back to outdoor riding.
Zwift really kicked my a today but that’s a story for another thread. Lucky there is a pause button or I wouldn’t have made it.
Absolutely kills me on the trainer though. So I pulled the saddle off my Peloton bike to give it a try... it's still a fairly road bike shape, but with actual padding (and heavy as a brick which matters not indoors). In addition to the above advice (which is all excellent), be sure to visit a shop that can measure your sit bones width in order to steer you toward a saddle of the appropriate width.
Food for thought: STOP THE SIT BONE MADNESS! But, measuring a money landmark, that actually doesn't come in contact with the saddle, is not the solution.
But an ass-o-meter at least gives you a starting point. Even though I have narrow sit bones, I find that a wider saddle almost always feels better, as long as my inner thighs don't rub on the sides while I'm pedaling. But I do just fine on the width suggested by the Specialized system.
How the saddle is shaped as it necks down to the nose is everything, and everyone's different there. I've figured out what basic shape of saddle works well for me.
In looking for a slightly different saddle, or a very similar saddle to what I've been using, I print out plan views of various addles, scaling them to get the printed size the same, then hold them up against a window or other light to see how they differ. I can sit my current saddle for 2 hours without a problem.
I understand they do flex a little, maybe a bit of the Brooks kind of thing but a better shape? I use a Meld and SLR super flow on the road but needed to put the stock power saddle on my bike for swift.
Bikes: 2015 Felt Z75 Disc, 2008 Fuji Cross Comp, 2016 Dashiki Maricopa, 2010 Trek Navigator 1.0, 2010 Raleigh Talus 3.0 Hi- First off, Happy Holidays! My bike came with a stock saddle.
I need to lose about 15 pounds which will alleviate some weight adding to the stress. But I think I need a more comfortable saddle and I’m willing to spend some money.
Bikes: Finally Prince, Orb ea Unix, Ridley Felix Absolutely kills me on the trainer though. So I pulled the saddle off my Peloton bike to give it a try... it's still a fairly road bike shape, but with actual padding (and heavy as a brick which matters not indoors).
I was really surprised when we got a Peloton how comfortable the stock saddle is. A well-fitting saddle will put your weight on your sit-bones (or social tuberosities to give them their proper name) without pressurizing soft tissue areas such as genitals or perineum.
A badly fitting saddle will likely make itself known with discomfort at the contact point, but they can even be the cause of pains elsewhere, such as the lower back or knees. Better-specced road bike saddles often come with a host of carbon fiber, and the padding is limited to the right areas in order to save weight.
There are thousands of saddles on the market, which can make finding the right one for you a difficult and everlasting process, but thankfully Cycling news is here to help. Sell SVP has been making saddles for almost a century, and though their saddles may look a bit like medieval torture devices, the long and wide center cutout that runs the full length of the shell and sharply bent nose have gained passionate following the world over, especially from bike fitters.
Sell SVP's unique design is based on empirical studies looking into ergonomics, eliminating soft tissue pressure and maximizing genital blood flow, and if you can get past the odd aesthetic offers a supremely comfortable seat. The Well features a pretty dramatic curve, which is designed to keep you planted on the saddle but also allows you to rotate your pelvis to suit your riding position.
(Image credit: Fabric)Cost-effective comfort from this short nose saddle with a wide cutout At Rap, the Race doesn't make much sense over the Elite, because it costs an extra 25% and the only benefit is a 10-gram saving.
(Image credit: Graham Nottingham)Value for money saddle with segmented padding and a well-liked shape The segments form the MSS (multi sector system), designed in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Milano, which breaks the saddle up into independent zones.
Each area has a specific level of foam density for tailored support based on pressures that have been mapped when riding in different positions. An unscientific prodding with a thumb doesn’t seem to show any discernible difference in density between these zones although there is certainly a depth change from the front to the rear.
(Image credit: Graham Nottingham)A short nose saddle that works for both men and women Designed initially as a Women's saddle, the Power works well for both sexes, and the snub nose is ideal for those who maintain an aggressive position on the bike.
The Easton padding is made using small beads that are expanded into foam which Specialized describes as “the feeling of sitting on 1,000 miniature pillows”. Our test model uses Specialized’s level 2 padding which has a slim profile and feels very soft at the nose and progressively firmer towards the rear.
(Image credit: Graham Nottingham)Premium performance saddle with an aggressive profile that doesn’t compromise comfort It features a relatively aggressive curve profile, which locks you into a supportive powerful pedaling platform.
Shaman's answer to the short and wide saddle with a large cutout is the PRO Stealth, ideal for those who are ever searching for a low and aero position on their bike. Available in two widths, aesthetically the Stealth looks quite similar to the Power; however, the profile is flatter front to back, with a broader nose and slightly softer padding.
Fiji partnered with Carbon, a 3D printing specialist based in California, to fabricate the 3D-printed lattice structure. The Antares Adaptive saddle is a culmination of pressure mapping data collected over the last nine years which Fiji has used to identify key areas of attention.
The 3D-printing process has allowed Fiji to preside over the key areas of the saddle's cushioning and performance, tailoring such attributes as density, dampening and elasticity. Choosing the right saddle based on specifications alone might seem like a difficult task, but while the proof is very much in the sitting, the following advice will help you on your way to comfort.
Luckily, many brands offer a guarantee that allows you to try a saddle, then return it, should it fail to comply. Finding the best road bike saddle that fits starts with making sure the seat is supporting your body weight with your sit bones (social tuberosities and pubic RAM) and not the surrounding soft tissues.
However, several factors including your flexibility, how aggressive your position on the bike is, and your pedaling style will also play a significant role in the shape you choose. On the other hand, waved or curved saddles are usually preferred by riders who are more flexible or ride in a long and low, aggressive position.
Riders who don't move around much on the saddle also usually prefer a wavy or curved profile as it keeps them locked in place. Many inflexible riders have also found favor with short-nose or stub-nose saddles, as they enable a more forward position without causing discomfort.
The idea here is to eliminate soft tissue pressure by removing the material that would push on the wrong part of your undercarriage. For some, the cutout is the golden ticket; however, others may find the edge of the channel digs into or pinches sensitive areas.
Carbon shells will usually be lighter, may offer some vibration absorption and will often be more expensive, and pretty stiff. Most saddles on the market will have a cover made with synthetic leather, and some have reinforced areas or even drippy patches to keep you from sliding around.
Different models can add or subtract a few millimeters from your overall saddle height (from the bottom bracket), which can introduce a whole new set of issues.