We hope that you will be able to find the right kind of seat that matches your anatomy and bicycling lifestyle.
There are a wide variety of bike seats available for you to choose from. They are then categorized into soft, medium and firm or casual, serious and racer.
Soft Seats are normally cushioned with specialized gel, foam, or other types of cushioning. They offer the rider a comfortable ride and are best suited for the casual rider. Medium seats are generally longer than the soft type and also contain some form of cushioning for rides longer than 10 miles. The cushioning is thinner than the soft seats. Firm seats are built especially for the serious riders such as competitive cyclists and costs are higher than for other types.
For anyone wishing to purchase men’s seats, there are other points to consider.
The length of the back part of a seat should allow for the narrower bone structure of the male anatomy. This will allow for more comfortable riding. So men’s models are normally narrower than women’s models.
The casual rider will want to pick a more comfortable, spongy or softer seat in order to enjoy the scenery whilst the more serious rider will be better off, choosing a firmer and longer type model. Any bicycle ride over ten kilometers or regular distance rides will be uncomfortable or even numbing with extra padding or extra gel.
A sort of rule of thumb guide to prices would be that the more casual ones are cheaper while those used for the serious racers are more pricey.
Ways to adjust your seat
1. Height check
– Slightly loosen the seat post at the bicycle frame junction and sit on top of the seat. Stretch one foot to touch the ground with your toes and the other to fit into the peddle. If the foot on the peddle is slightly bent and the knee is slightly bent whilst the other foot is fully stretched with the tip of the toes touching the ground, that’s the right measurement. Tighten the seat post.
2. Wall or Post Measure
– Take the bicycle beside a wall or a post and then get onto the seat while leaning on wall or the post. Put both feet into the peddles and let them spin the peddles backward. One foot should be comfortably stretched and the other foot should at a higher level which means the thigh is almost horizontal. Not completely, but almost horizontal. Just as long the spin doesn’t make you stretch too uncomfortably.
3. Horizontal Levelling
– Make sure the seat is not set at a diagonal with the nose pointed upwards. In a diagonal position, the nose will make the groin and private area quite sore after awhile. They should be set at a comfortable horizontal position to allow the crotch area to “breathe”. Neither should the seat nose be pointed downwards as this will mean that the rider will continue to slide downwards and put more pressure on the arms, neck and the groin areas.