Updated: December 2017

Bicycle Seat Reviews:

If there are two words that strike fear into the hearts of the general public, they are "bike seats." Just saying them - and picturing the narrow, uncomfortable looking torture device that dares call itself a seat - is painful for those who are new to biking. What cyclists know, though, is that you can get a comfortable bike seat, and biking can be a wonderful, rewarding, and pain-free (except for those burning legs, muscles, and lungs) experience. How do you choose the right bike seat? Is wider better? Should you opt for a gel bike seat? Is more padding better? The astonishing variety of bicycle seats on the market can make your choice difficult; this guide will go through bike seat basics to help you decide which is best for you.
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How Do You Choose the Best Bike Seats? - The much-maligned bike seat has been blamed for everything from prostate problems to impotency. One of the most common reasons that novice bikers don't become experienced cyclists is that biking is a pain in the butt, literally. The first answer that many people arrive at is wider and more cushioning. It works for your couch, so why not try it on your bike? Really, though, you may be doing yourself more harm than good. The type of seat that will suit you best depends on the type of riding you do and your specific body type. If, for instance, you enjoy slowly cruising through the park, admiring the view and enjoying the sunshine, a wide, padded seat can provide you with the comfort you need as you bike in an upright position. But those who are competitive, who take long bike trips, or who commute via bike know that if you're going to be using your bike frequently and for long stretches of time, narrower is better. Ouch! Why? A narrow seat supports your sit bones, while a cushioned seat disperses the weight to other points, causing numbness and pain on longer rides. With a narrow seat, your weight is supported at the points that are designed to handle that pressure. You'll also want to examine how you ride.

Do you lean forward slightly? A sports saddle will be best. Do you lean forward aggressively, as pro racers do? You'll need a racing bike saddle. The sport of racing is competitive with both men and women - but that doesn't mean you'll want to hop on a bike seat designed for the opposite sex (though many women can get away with using men's seats). Anatomically, men and women are very different, and bike seats can accommodate for these differences. Women's seats, for instance, will typically be a bit shorter and wider than men's seats because women tend to have wider pelvises. The right fit is crucial when it comes to your bike saddle. Before you buy, take a minute to measure your sit bones. You can do this in one of two ways: if you bike frequently, take a look at your old seat. You will probably see small indentations that will show you where your sit bones rest as you ride. If you're a new rider, sit on a hard surface. You will feel where your sit bones are. Have a friend (a good one!) measure the distance between your sit bones. The nose of a bike saddle also bothers many people; today's best bike seats have design features, like cutouts or gel inserts, to relieve the irritation that many riders feel. Every body is different, and every rider has a different style of riding. The right type of nose for you will depend on what you find comfortable. When shopping for a new seat, find a good sport's store and try a bunch of different models so you can get a sense of how they feel. Take a look at the YouTube video below to get some more saddle advice. Leading brands are Schwinn, Sunlite, Bell, Planet Bike, Pacific Cycle, Ergo, and Hobson. Read reviews on bicycle seats and price compare. You can browse the best selling bicycle seats online here.

Best Bikes Seats:

Again, the right bike seat for you will depend on how you ride, how you position your body, and how your body is constructed. Having said that, let's take a look at some of the best for your style of riding. If you're a cruiser, a wider, cushier seat will be great for you. Because you are most likely riding upright and at a slower pace, your weight will be supported adequately by a wider seat. If this is your style, try the Schwinn Pillow Top Cruiser Bicycle Seat. This seat by the classic bike company receives consistently positive reviews from Amazon consumers and offers extra gel for comfort, which cruiser and casual bike riders will be grateful for. It is covered with weather-resistant Lycra for durability and lasting performance. You will see reviewers who say that pillow top is a misnomer. This customer put it best: It's not "soft" like a pillow. The seat is firm, but comfortable enough for long rides..." This is great for cruisers who want to go on longer rides. It's not like sitting on a favorite chair, but you won't dread biking either, and that is the best bike seats have to offer. You can find the Schwinn Pillow Top Cruiser for about $20.

For those who want to race or who ride more frequently or for longer durations, you can do no better than Selle Italia. This Italian company produces the best of the best. Trails.com and BicycleSeatReviews recommend the Selle Italia Gel Flow Women's Bicycle Saddle. Lesser bike saddles for women are really men's saddles with some modifications. The Selle Italia seat is the first to design the seat solely for women and their anatomical needs. It has a shaped shell, and differentiated-thickness gel inserts, and manganese rails. This seat costs from about $112 to $142. You are getting outstanding quality for your money. (all Selle Italia seats here).

Another top name in women's and men's bicycle saddles is Terry. These seats earn consistently positive reviews from consumers and are one of the top rated on BicycleSeatReviews. Let's look at the Terry Men's Fly Tri Gel Saddle. This has a center cutaway to reduce pressure, flat across top, high density support foam, black leather cover for breathability and temperature control, and sculpted gel in the nose, top, and rear. An Amazon reviewer calls it the best saddle he's tried - and he's tried over 10 saddles through 20,000 miles of biking. You can find this bike seat for just under $100. When choosing your bike seat, remember that wider and softer doesn't always equal better comfort. Take a look at how you ride; the right seat will make a tremendous difference in your enjoyment of biking. View top rated bike seats here.