Finding The Right Bicycle Seat
We hope that you will be able to find the right kind of seat that matches your anatomy and bicycling
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
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
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.
Check Out These Models
Serfas Men's RX Bicycle Saddle - RX-921
According to Amazon, this is part of the family of seats that started the low pressure revolution. One of it's main points would be that it greatly improves any numbness problems.
Customer reviews have been positive and with a relatively medium price tag, this is a great choice for almost all types of riders.
This model has the patented dual density and also ICS Technology. It has grooves cutout in the middle to ensure that men have optimal comfort for any kind of riding.
4.5 stars out of 5.Price:$37.00 to $55.00
Amazon best Prices here...
Selle Royal Premium Dardo Gel Athletic Bicycle Saddle
This is a high performance seat that is slimmer and lighter than your average model. One of it's benefits is the gel under the seat cover that eliminates pressure points and keeps the rider comfortable, even for long rides. The cover keeps the seat cool in hot weather. This is anatomically designed specially for men.
It boasts of being 20 percent lighter than normal due to it's design and manufacture.
Price:$40.00 to $50.00
Avenir Men's Comfy Soft Top Saddle (Black)
A great product from Raleigh Bicycles. It would more suit short distance rides as it is built for comfort and maybe for larger people. If you are large built, then this model would be suitable.
The center has a recess to allow relief whilst riding. The foam is extra strong and really soft so that it is long lasting
Price:$25.00 to $30.00
Planet Bike 5020 Men's ARS Standard Anatomic Relief Saddle with Gel
This seat has full length center recess for anatomic relief. This seat has received raving reviews for it's excellent relief design and overall performance. With the price at a medium, this seat among others is an excellent choice for everyone.
Price:$33.00 to $45.00
Selle Italia Flite TI Men's Bicycle Saddle (Titanium Rails, Black)
This saddle comes with a new sculpted look. It has a long length that indicates that it is more designed for the serious racer. It is firm with closed cell foam padding and leather cover. This is a light bike seat with only 180 grams.
Price:$128.00 to $200.00
Once again we recommend that you check our full catalogue at our online store