Seat / Saddle advice or opinions.... ?

CSH

Active Member
As I begin looking into the possibility of a New bike seat, I wanted to get Opinions, and/or advice, from your experience.

My Issue is, periodic numbness ("down there" 🙄).
Sometimes within 3 or 4 miles of riding.
I understand getting a proper "set-up" / "fit", but in general I would like to get ideas from (youz guyz) your trials & errors regarding seats.
I've read about "Step" seat design, Firmer seats, sitting back further, etc.
But I'm always curious as to what the Forum has to say...........

My riding style is Upright/Relaxed
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My current seat is the stock Giant seat on the LaFree E+1
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Thank You,

Craig 😎
 

J.R.

Well-Known Member
As I begin looking into the possibility of a New bike seat, I wanted to get Opinions, and/or advice, from your experience.

My Issue is, periodic numbness ("down there" 🙄).
Sometimes within 3 or 4 miles of riding.
I understand getting a proper "set-up" / "fit", but in general I would like to get ideas from (youz guyz) your trials & errors regarding seats.
I've read about "Step" seat design, Firmer seats, sitting back further, etc.
But I'm always curious as to what the Forum has to say...........

My riding style is Upright/Relaxed
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My current seat is the stock Giant seat on the LaFree E+1
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Thank You,

Craig 😎
Large, soft saddles can cause numbness 'down there' for me too. Firm saddles that fit my sit bones are very comfortable. I'm 6'-2" and 172 lbs, probably a fairly boney butt. With less fleshy tissue my sit bones are what hold me up off the saddle to keep pressure off the perineum and those nerve endings 'down there'. I find a proper fitting firm saddle is the best defense against pain.

Sit bones are essentially the base of your pelvic bone, the massive bone structure that encompasses the hips and base of the spine. I know that's a simplistic description. That base (sit-bones) is able to support you very well and will hold your body up keeping pressure from creating nerve pain. That nerve pain can do bizarre things like tingling and numbness in your extremities. Hands, fingers, feet and toes... and yes men that extremity too!

There are a great many articles on why firm saddles are comfortable. My saddle for the last four years is the Brooks B17 Imperial. It has the relief cutout to keep pressure off and allow airflow.


I purchased mine here (on sale):


It's a very popular saddle. Takes awhile to break in, but will last a long time. I've tried many saddles, as a matter of fact I own the Serfas e-boy posted above. Quality saddle, just didn't work for me. Saddles are such a personal accessory, no one size fits all. Just my personal experience.
 
As I begin looking into the possibility of a New bike seat, I wanted to get Opinions, and/or advice, from your experience.

My Issue is, periodic numbness ("down there" 🙄).
Sometimes within 3 or 4 miles of riding.
I understand getting a proper "set-up" / "fit", but in general I would like to get ideas from (youz guyz) your trials & errors regarding seats.
I've read about "Step" seat design, Firmer seats, sitting back further, etc.
But I'm always curious as to what the Forum has to say...........

My riding style is Upright/Relaxed
View attachment 41128
My current seat is the stock Giant seat on the LaFree E+1
View attachment 41129

Thank You,

Craig 😎
Hello, I'm far from saddle expert. I've heard similar comments to what JR posted and I agree... "Large, soft saddles can cause numbness 'down there' for me too.
Firm saddles that fit my sit bones are very comfortable. With less fleshy tissue my sit bones are what hold me up off the saddle to keep pressure off the
perineum and those nerve endings 'down there'. I find a proper fitting firm saddle is the best defense against pain."

It appears from your photo your bike has a large soft saddle ? When I bought my bikes I had professional fit done and I think it's was worth the money.
My saddle is sized to match my sit-bones and I have Kinekt 2.1 suspension seat posts which I love.



With the combination of the Kinekt seat post and an anatomically correct saddle, I can ride for several hours with no discomfort.
I must admit when Spring rolls around and I return to cycling I need a couple of hour long rides to 'toughen up'
 

indianajo

Well-Known Member
The brooks B-17 would be too narrow to engage my pelvic bones. And I am a fairly small male, 68" high, 33" waist (28" when i was age 20), slight bones.
I do tip the saddle forwards to where my pelvis flares are sitting on it, and not right between my legs or in front. The back of my favorite saddle is about 8" wide. I had a 5.5" wide Brooks when I was in my 40's and had fat on my hips, but it all melted off age 62-66. I can't stand that any more. The purpose of the front of the saddle is IMHO to allow my legs to hold the bike up when I am standing or starting off. I don't sit on the front of the saddle.
I don't get skin irritation or chafing. I've ridden up to 6 hours due to headwinds, & sore filler under the back pelvic bones was the problem.
Uh, CSH, I'd tip your saddle forwards quite a bit if I was riding your bike. I might try that saddle to see if I could make it work. Looks about the right width.
Those skinny saddles are for IMHO people that stand up all the time & support their weight with their hands. My hands go to sleep if I put too much weight on them.
 
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BTfl

Member
I was able to fix the problem that you’re having with the Brooks C19 all weather saddle , no more numbness and I can ride about 36 miles before I have to get off and take a break
 

Alaskan

Well-Known Member
I ride an average of 700 miles a month. At 6'1" 215 lbs, I am a bigger rider than most. I ride a Selle Anatomica H2 saddle (firm leather with cutout), on a Kinekt body float while wearing gel padded shorts. Works well for me.

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DouglasB

Active Member
As much as having the proper saddle, having it adjusted properly is just as important, if not more so. Check out some saddle fitting videos on YouTube. I like mine about level. If it's tilted up ever so slightly, I get the numb thing going on. My e-bike seat is fairly large compared to my road bike seat.
 
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6zfshdb

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There is no easy answer to your question. Every rider is different and what works for some may not for all. In any case, you're sure to get many knowledgeable comments & suggestions.

In my case, I've had numbness "down there" for over 30 years. At one point, my doctor advised me to give up riding. I've tried just about every kind of seat on the market and the only ones that work for me are the hornless types. You give up some control, especially when riding no hands, since you are perched on top of the seat rather than straddling it. It's like sitting on a bar stool rather than a fence rail.

My current favorite is the Spiderflex :

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Another one that works for me is the Hobson Easy Seat:

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An interesting article on the subject with other suggested products: