Top 7 Reasons You Have The Wrong Saddle

Top 7 Reasons You Have the Wrong Saddle

Have you ever experienced pain when cycling? Saddle discomfort takes the brunt of complaints from uncomfortable riders. And it makes sense - your saddle supports more than half your weight. It’s common for even experienced riders to tolerate saddle discomfort, believing it’s an inevitable part of the sport. On the right saddle, you’ll be able to enjoy even lengthy rides! Here are the Top 7 Reasons You Have The Wrong Saddle. 

  1. Saddle Pain
Numb genitals, compressed nerves, burning, bruised buttocks, saddle sores, or raw inflamed skin are common problems cyclists face with their saddles. It’s true that if you’re just getting into cycling, or back into cycling, you may experience a little soreness on the first few rides. Don’t let this pain or discomfort keep you from riding!
  1. Riding Style Differences

Different riding styles put different amounts of weight on your sit bones. If you’re a casual rider with a cruiser bike, most of your weight is planted directly on the seat, and a wider more padded saddle will support your weight better. A faster cycler on a road bike wants a narrow seat that won’t chafe during high-intensity sprints. More weight is placed on the hands and feet, requiring less padding in the seat.

  1. Sit Position and pressure points

Sitting on your bike saddle is not the same as sitting on a chair.  When sitting on your saddle you need to roll your hips back so you are sitting on the flatter portion of your sit bones on the wider rear part of the saddle.  This will create a larger contact area with the saddle on the sit bones allowing your weight to be dispersed better and relieving some of the pressure points. 

  1. Personal fit

No two butts are alike. The same way you’d try on sneakers and buy different shoes for different feet, you must purchase a saddle that fits your body. What’s more, and this is absolutely crucial for problem-free cycling, the seat must be expertly adjusted to fit your body.

  1. Arm/wrist pain and saddle tilt

The tilt of your saddle is a very crucial adjustment.  Most saddles are installed nose down, which causes more weight to rest on the hands and arms, causing muscle tension and pain. The goal is to tilt the nose up to take the weight off your upper body. This allows the tension and cramps to lessen, and a neutral weight balance allows for more control. 

  1. Quad/knee pain and Bike Saddle Height

Most people ride with their saddle too low, which fatigues the quads and puts pressure on the knees. Raising the saddle allows full leg extension on each pedal stroke, which makes your legs more efficient, and puts less pressure on one muscle group.

  1. Poor Posture

Also known as pelvic under-rotation or kyphosis, this “hunching” or “slouching” posture often results from improper saddle fit. While it may work for short periods of time, it encourages riders to brace and push into the back of the saddle, causing back, neck and shoulder pain and putting pressure on your wrists.

Bicycling is supposed to be fun, not painful. Don’t tolerate saddle discomfort any longer. Get Your FREE SQlab Fit Kit now and start on the path to getting a more comfortable saddle!