How long has it been since you rode a bicycle? If you can’t remember the last time you were on two wheels, maybe it is time you give it another try.
I know, maybe the last experience you had with a bicycle was not a great one. Maybe you dismounted with your hind end so sore you swore you would never get on again. Believe me, as someone who has had a broken tailbone since my preteen years, I have had a love-hate relationship with bicycles for a long time.
I like spending time in the outdoors, and I love moving faster than my own two legs will carry me, but I hate the pressure on my coccyx and the pain that comes with bicycling. That is why I was excited to read about all the new seats available on the market today. Maybe, if saddle pain is what keeps you from enjoying the sport of bicycling, you will be tempted to try a new seat and give riding just one more chance.
The first replacement seat I tried on my bike was a gel seat in a conventional mountain bike saddle shape. The gel felt comfortable at first, but after a while it really did not provide any relief from my riding pain. Gel seats are reportedly better for casual riders than for serious long-distance riders, and provide little comfort for heavier riders over any distance.
An alternative to simple gel seats is the cut-out seat. This type of saddle, which may come with gel or not, has cutouts to relieve pressure on sensitive areas. Cut-out seats are available in a range of styles and sizes to fit many riders’ needs.
If the pointed front end of the saddle is what irritates you the most, you may have better luck with a noseless seat. These also come in a variety of shapes. One option is a rounded, solid seat shaped almost like a small stool. This style gets mixed reviews on Amazon, with some customers praising the way it distributes pressure evenly and others complaining that the seat cuts into the backs of their legs. Another option is a dual-pad seat with open space between the pads. This design also gets mixed reviews, with some customers raving about how pain-free their ride is and others noting that it causes a loss of control while mountain biking.
Extra wide seats
You can find extra wide seats, similar to those you might see on an exercise bike at the gym, and adapters to help them fit any bicycle. Some even come with a backrest for lumbar support. I tried an extra wide seat on my bike, and it did ease the pressure on my tailbone by moving the pressure points further out from the center of my body. My only complaint is that my seat sometimes squeaks when I ride.
Check out your local bicycle shop for more options. There are almost as many saddles on the market as there are types of riders, and many shops will allow you to try a seat for a while and exchange it if it is not right for you. If a pain in your behind is all that is keeping you off the bike trails, maybe a new seat is all you need to get back out there again.
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Tavia worked as a naturalist and recreation specialist at an Oklahoma lake during her college years. She enjoys using what she learned as an outdoor educator in her work with children today.