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How to Find the Right Bicycle Saddle for Obese Riders

Finding the right bicycle saddle is crucial since this greatly affects the rider’s comfort and performance in their ride. Picking the right saddle is actually challenging for all riders regardless of their weight and size. For heavy riders however, the additional weight and pressure put on the seat may cause discomfort and strain. Here are a few things heavy riders may want to consider in choosing a saddle for cycling comfort.

Consider the width of the saddle. The idea of the saddle is to support the two “sit bones” to keep the rider balanced on the bike. Heavy riders may want to consider choosing a slightly wider saddle for better support and comfort on their backside but not too wide as this may cause chaffing or rubbing.

Consider the saddle pad. It is a misconception that the best saddle pads are those that are soft and thick. While these types of pads can be comfortable in the beginning, these can cause excessive heat as these absorb much pressure from the rider’s weight and movement and thus create discomfort during the ride. Experts suggest that heavy riders get a saddle seat with firmer foam since this doesn’t quickly compact compared to a foam or gel cushion. Also, experienced heavy riders agree that it is wise to choose a saddle with the least cushioning but still is comfortable for the rider to sit on. It may take some time to get used to riding a firm saddle but over time, the ride would be more pleasant.