3 Women’s Saddle Recommendations
The question of “What is your favorite saddle?” is a very popular question in tweets, emails and in shop conversation. It is also probably one of the most user specific question around bike fit. My bits are not built like your bits, my seat bones are not the same width as your seat bones but I can give some generic feedback of my “go-to” saddles for women.
Pro advice: Make sure you check your saddle measurements prior to swapping out any of these seats! This includes height, and the distance of where your sit bones are most comfortable on the seat to the handlebars. Every seat will be different but these are good x/y starting points to measure off!
The Most Popular Women’s Saddles I Recommend
If you don’t know where to start with a new seat, start with this one.
When swapping out bike seat during a women’s bike fit this is normally the first seat I try. The channel through the middle section allows some relief on your girly parts and the wider sit bone area on the back of the seat keeps you well supported. This saddle was once on 100% of my bikes but as my handlebars went lower I had to switch to something with a flatter front to back profile and not a drop in the middle.
Tip: Make sure the area where your sit bones hit is level!
Specialized Ruby Pro
If your handlebar is lower than your saddle height than try out the Specialized Ruby. The relatively flat back area of the saddle and flexy middle section allow for a leaned over position. This saddle doesn’t have a ton of padding some if you are relatively upright it may be a bit too tough for your sit bones.
Tip: This saddle does come in different widths, so make sure to get your butt properly sized!
This seat is a bit narrow so if you are on a super upright hybrid or mountain bike the saddle may not support you properly. Saying that, this saddle has been a goto for cyclocross season for many years due gel inserts in the firm and pretty flat surface.
Tip: This saddle is not as tall as many others. You may need to move your seat up significantly.
(Yes, I like white saddles. It always makes a bike look faster in my humble opinion!)
Saddle Talk : Adamo Saddles
About 3 months ago, my shop started carrying the Ideal Saddle Modification (ISM) Adamo saddles. These saddles, at first, look very goofy. There is no nose on the front of the seat and often are referred to as the tuning forks. Flash forward the last three months and these saddles have themselves on more bikes than I originally thought they would.
Originally I really thought the saddles were a joke, we would try them out on a few bikes and see what happens. The women and triathletes fell in love. All the pressure from the frontal soft tissue was separated back into your two sit bones, where the weight belongs! Women were able to get into the aero position or drops of the handlebars without cutting off circulation.
This saddle is still towards the end of the saddles I automatically go through in my fit process. I think there is a need for them, but find they can be too wide and long term will be modifying the shell of the saddle so not to hit the groin or tendons of the inside leg. Soon the saddle will go on a personal bike of mine so I can give you a true review.
Do you know any women using this seat? If so, what are their thoughts and feelings? Where do they feel pressure, if any?
Let’s Talk Saddles : Types of Saddles
Here at Bike Shop Girl we realized long ago that finding the right saddle is a very personal, unique and often the hardest part of bike riding. This is Part I of our on going Saddle Talk, I welcome all comments, questions and feedback on this subject. Our Intro was a short and sweet piece from about two weeks back, now let’s get talking!