Noseless bicycle seat--a love story

ebikemom

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#1
I started out on my ebike with a standard cruiser seat. Quickly this was not comfortable for me. I got a gel seat cover that helped some, but over 10 months and nearly 3,000 miles, I became more and more uncomfortable.

I decided to try a two-piece seat, noseless, with separation between the two seatpads. The configuration of the two seat pads was immediately better for me (and it is even adjustable!), but I wasn't sold on the noseless seat. I was used to that nose having a function in controlling the bike. I felt sort of like I was perched on a somewhat uncomfortable and insecure ledge. The seat was more comfortable in ways that mattered to me, so I decided to give it a chance despite that insecure feeling.

I now have a few hundred miles on the seat. I've fully adjusted to not having the nose, and there are things I really like about it. The main one is that with the standard seat I never really put the seat high enough. I found it cumbersome to get off quickly, and I felt insecure not being able to get my feet on the ground. With the noseless seat, this is not an issue at all. It's easy to just slide a bit down and put my feet on the ground, and just as easy to boost back the smidge needed to get back onto the seat. I love this about the seat. It's great to be able to have the leg extension I should have. Before, with my seat to low, I would stretch my legs once, or stand, in a while when I was riding. This is no longer necessary. I do stand from time to time to give my seat a break, but don't need to do it for my legs.

So, I'm a happy camper.

I read some reviews where folks with a forward lean to their riding posture may not like noseless seats because they put too much pressure on arms/hands/wrists? I don't experience this because I have an upright riding position.
 

6zfshdb

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#5
Which one did you buy exactly?
I believe ebikemom mentioned it was a Hobson Easy Seat in this thread:

https://electricbikereview.com/forum/threads/longest-rides.27478/#post-190956

Due to a circulatory issue, I wouldn't be riding today if it weren't for the noseless split seat design. I have the Hobson, which I still use occasionally. It's reasonably priced and has adjustable pads which float independently as you pedal. Hobson makes several styles. the one I have looks like this:

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There are many makes & models of noseless seats on the market including these:

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Some are pretty bizarre:

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The one I like best is the Spiderflex:

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Noseless seats require some getting used to since you are perched on top rather than straddling the seat. It's like sitting on a stool rather than a fence rail. There is some loss of thigh control of the bike when riding no hands but that is something I rarely do anymore.

Everyone's rear end is different though and unfortunately, trial & error is the only way to find one that works. Some local bike shops will let you try before you buy if you can find one.
 
#6
I started out on my ebike with a standard cruiser seat. Quickly this was not comfortable for me. I got a gel seat cover that helped some, but over 10 months and nearly 3,000 miles, I became more and more uncomfortable.

I decided to try a two-piece seat, noseless, with separation between the two seatpads. The configuration of the two seat pads was immediately better for me (and it is even adjustable!), but I wasn't sold on the noseless seat. I was used to that nose having a function in controlling the bike. I felt sort of like I was perched on a somewhat uncomfortable and insecure ledge. The seat was more comfortable in ways that mattered to me, so I decided to give it a chance despite that insecure feeling.

I now have a few hundred miles on the seat. I've fully adjusted to not having the nose, and there are things I really like about it. The main one is that with the standard seat I never really put the seat high enough. I found it cumbersome to get off quickly, and I felt insecure not being able to get my feet on the ground. With the noseless seat, this is not an issue at all. It's easy to just slide a bit down and put my feet on the ground, and just as easy to boost back the smidge needed to get back onto the seat. I love this about the seat. It's great to be able to have the leg extension I should have. Before, with my seat to low, I would stretch my legs once, or stand, in a while when I was riding. This is no longer necessary. I do stand from time to time to give my seat a break, but don't need to do it for my legs.

So, I'm a happy camper.

I read some reviews where folks with a forward lean to their riding posture may not like noseless seats because they put too much pressure on arms/hands/wrists? I don't experience this because I have an upright riding position.
Thank you for sharing your experience- I also found a cruiser seat to be very uncomfortable- it might be ok for peddling around the beach, but it didn’t work for me otherwise. Right now, I’m using a Terry woman’s touring saddle, and that’s much better but not perfect. A noseless might be worth a try.
 

ebikemom

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#7
Hi all! @6zfshdb , thanks for sharing the seat I got and thread where I also talked about this. :) Yes, I got a Hobson--I got their "Easy Seat II". It's great seeing all of your collected images.

I think it's great that some bike stores have loaner seats to try. It did, however, take me many miles to move from feelings of "tolerance" to "acceptance" to "love" of my bike seat. I'm not sure if I would have bought it based on a trial of an hour or two, though I might have since the seat did quickly eliminate my pain. But I didn't realize the other benefits (especially being able to raise the seat a good 2" higher) at first, and I also didn't realize that the hardness of the seat wouldn't be much of a problem since it hits the right places--my sit bones. A bit of a gel saddle cover took care of it. Also, it was great that I didn't need their spendy two-piece gel saddle cover set, but could use my standard gel saddle.

As for standard cruiser seats--my son and I took a trip to So CA and rented ebikes a couple of times for an hour each. I could manage an hour. The second day was a bit uncomfortable due to having had an hour on a cruiser seat the previous day.

I'm very grateful for my new seat! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
 
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I'm glad you found a comfortable seat ebikemom! It makes all the difference between an enjoyable bike ride, or a punishment. I threw my Pedego seat in the trash years ago, and never looked back.
 
#11
I believe ebikemom mentioned it was a Hobson Easy Seat in this thread:

https://electricbikereview.com/forum/threads/longest-rides.27478/#post-190956

Due to a circulatory issue, I wouldn't be riding today if it weren't for the noseless split seat design. I have the Hobson, which I still use occasionally. It's reasonably priced and has adjustable pads which float independently as you pedal. Hobson makes several styles. the one I have looks like this:

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There are many makes & models of noseless seats on the market including these:

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Some are pretty bizarre:

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The one I like best is the Spiderflex:

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Noseless seats require some getting used to since you are perched on top rather than straddling the seat. It's like sitting on a stool rather than a fence rail. There is some loss of thigh control of the bike when riding no hands but that is something I rarely do anymore.

Everyone's rear end is different though and unfortunately, trial & error is the only way to find one that works. Some local bike shops will let you try before you buy if you can find one.
I wonder I’d one of these seats with independently adjustable pads would work for someone with one leg slightly longer than the other. I think I’m having that problem with my seat height, thanks to my scoliosis.
 

ebikemom

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#12
There is independent movement, for sure, but it isn't tons of play. But as I pedal, I can feel the seat moving--as a leg pedals downward, the seat pad also tips downward a bit. There is not a feeling of instability. It's a bit of a tipping forward and back.

I think the only way to know is to try it. I don't know if stores carry these so you can try them. I bought one that was returnable, and figured I'd take it out on a ride or two and return it if it didn't work. Since it helped my pain immediately, even though it was uncomfortable (though not painful) in other ways, I kept it to give it a good try, even if it wouldn't be returnable, and, hey, it worked for me!
 
#13
I wonder I’d one of these seats with independently adjustable pads would work for someone with one leg slightly longer than the other. I think I’m having that problem with my seat height, thanks to my scoliosis.
It makes sense. One of my legs is slightly shorter due to a motorcycle accident. So i wear thicker sock in that shoe, I also use various shoe inserts like Dr Scholls, and cheap thin generic brands sometimes to help even them out.