How to choose a bike saddle
Choosing the right bike saddle is essential to getting the most out of your cycling outings. Whether you're an occasional cyclist or a long-distance enthusiast, the saddle plays a crucial role in your comfort and performance. An ill-fitting saddle can lead to pain, numbness and discomfort, all of which can detract from your cycling experience. That's why it's important to understand the different factors to consider when choosing a bike saddle.
Understanding the importance of morphology when choosing a bicycle saddle
Morphology plays a crucial role when choosing a bicycle saddle. Here's why.
Bone supports, from the ischial tuberosities to the pubic symphysis, are predominant. These are the areas that bear the greatest pressure when you're sitting on your bike.
The width of the pelvis varies from one individual to another. It's this measurement that will mainly determine the width of the saddle you choose.
Measuring inter-ischial distance
To determine this distance, sit on a piece of corrugated cardboard placed on a flat, hard surface. The distance between the two marks left by your ischials (the bony protuberances of your pelvis) will give you a precise idea of the saddle width you need.
A postural study can help you narrow down your choice. It takes into account your position and the type of cycling you do.
Taking cycling into account
Your riding style also influences your choice of saddle.
Depending on your riding style, you'll need different support surfaces. The more sporty your riding position, the closer together the bone surfaces are, which may require a narrower saddle.
The impact of saddle position
If your riding position is more leisure-oriented, a wider saddle may be just what you're looking for. Conversely, a more aerodynamic position will require a narrower saddle.
How to choose your bike saddle
Now that you have a better understanding of your morphology and practice, here's how to choose your saddle.
Choice of widths
Manufacturers offer different saddle widths. Consult their tables to find the model that's right for you.
The shape of the saddle is also important. You may prefer it more or less indented, flat or curved, with or without a raised rear end.
Testing and customizing
Trying out several saddles can help. Another solution is to choose a custom-made saddle. A healthcare professional can take an impression of your support surfaces under real pedaling conditions and suggest a saddle that's perfectly adapted to your needs. If you still have questions about the different types of saddles, don't hesitate to have a look at our our article dedicated to this subject!
Choosing a bicycle saddle is a crucial decision that can affect your comfort and performance. Taking into account your morphology and cycling style is essential to finding the perfect saddle. Fortunately, there are solutions like the one we offer. We can create your own custom-made bicycle saddle, designed to fit your body's anatomy perfectly.
Our manufacturing process is based on a meticulous analysis of each cyclist's anatomy. Thanks to the use of advanced technologies, we are able to create saddles that fit perfectly to each individual's morphology, whether they are leisure or professional cyclists.
We use high-quality materials to guarantee the durability and strength of our saddles. What's more, we offer a variety of colors and designs to suit every style of bike.
When you choose DEBYA®, you choose comfort, performance and style. Our aim is to enable you to enjoy your passion for cycling to the full, by providing you with a comfortable and enjoyable riding experience. So don't wait any longer, choose a DEBYA® custom saddle saddle and make every ride an unforgettable experience.
Frequently asked questions
To measure the inter-ischial distance, sit on a piece of corrugated cardboard placed on a flat, hard surface. The marks left by your ischials (the bony protuberances of your pelvis) will indicate the distance between these two points. This measurement will help you determine the saddle width you need.
Not necessarily. The width of your pelvis and the distance between your ischials are more decisive factors in your choice of saddle. However, your height and weight may affect your position on the bike and therefore indirectly influence your choice of saddle.
A scalloped saddle has a cutout in the middle to relieve pressure in the perineal area, while a domed saddle has a uniform surface. The best option depends on your personal comfort and morphology.
A custom saddle is designed specifically for your body type and cycling style. To obtain one, simply go directly to our product page to start creating your custom bike saddle.
The time it takes to adapt to a new bike saddle can vary. Some people may feel comfortable after just a few rides, while others may need several weeks. It's important to note that once you've chosen the saddle that suits your riding style, use and anatomy, there's always a neuromuscular adaptation period that takes several weeks before you feel perfectly at ease in the saddle. This is because the support zones you use will no longer be the same.
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