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Female Specific Bike Saddle

KTK2010-12-12 16:57:22 +0000 #1
This is my first time posting on a cycling forum. I am currently studying Product Design at a University in London and for my final project I am designing a road bicycle saddle that is specific to women rather than a male saddle that is adapted to women that are currently on the market.

Do you find your comfortable saddle comfortable?

What model of saddle do you have (if it is comfortable)?

If it is uncomfortable, where does it hurt most when you ride?

How long can you ride for before your saddle starts causing you discomfort?

Your feedback and comments would be greatly appreciated! I would like to create a saddle that all ages and sizes of women would find comfortable! The more feedback I can get from real women who have a passion for cycling, the better!

Thanks for reading and look forward to hearing from you!
OakLeaf2010-12-12 17:01:40 +0000 #2
Read the threads on saddle fitting and get back to us.
KTK2010-12-12 17:37:49 +0000 #3
Thanks for getting back to me but I can't seem to find the thread for saddle fitting...where should I be looking?

Any comments on your opinions on your saddle or a saddle you would recommend would be really useful!
Trek4202010-12-12 17:58:17 +0000 #4
And the entire section "favorite saddles" and "most hated saddles" (which are often the same saddle

) and read nearly everyone's footer.

Also a hearty welcome to TE.
Cataboo2010-12-12 18:45:45 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by KTK

Thanks for getting back to me but I can't seem to find the thread for saddle fitting...where should I be looking?

Any comments on your opinions on your saddle or a saddle you would recommend would be really useful!

Most of us in our signatures have a list of bikes with what saddles we use - and really, what you're going to find is that the mystical saddle you want to create that is okay for all women doesn't exist.

Saddle fit is very personal, some prefer T shaped, some prefer pear shaped, some prefer a cut out, and definitely most of us prefer different widths.

I can use almost any specialized saddle in a 155mm width, and can tolerate a 143 mm width.

Without bike shorts, I'll ride a specialized ariel no problem.

with bike shorts, it drives me nuts. The beginning of a bike season, I swap a specialized jett saddle on my road bikes - and within a month or so, I switch to the specialized ruby because I don't like padding. I've ridden like 300 miles in 5 days on the specialized ruby with only a reasonable amount of discomfort - bearable, but not terrible.

The type of bike shorts people are wearing varies for what saddles they like, wheter or not they're using body glide or chamois butter, or...

If you go to this section, it starts off with favorite saddles and most hated saddles.

REad more and you'll find out more.

Use the search function on this site - we've all spent however many years spouting what we find comfortable in a saddle on here, and regurgitating it for you 'cause you don't want to use the search is just gonna make people grumpy

That's meant in the nicest possible way, of course.

forums.teamestrogen....orumdisplay.php?f=72
moonfroggy2010-12-12 17:56:37 +0000 #6
also do a search for sit bones! that can have a lot to do with what saddle is comfortable for what person
KTK2010-12-12 17:17:10 +0000 #7
Thank you so much for this information... its really useful!

I totally understand that all women are different and I think this is the perfect place to find out women's opinions!!

I did try to search but I think I underestimated how large this forum is! Its huge! Really useful however and I will check out the suggested searches to find out recommendations and saddles to watch out for!

Thanks again for feedback!
ny biker2010-12-12 19:38:21 +0000 #8
Quote:

Originally Posted by KTK

Thank you so much for this information... its really useful!

I totally understand that all women are different and I think this is the perfect place to find out women's opinions!!

I did try to search but I think I underestimated how large this forum is! Its huge! Really useful however and I will check out the suggested searches to find out recommendations and saddles to watch out for!

Thanks again for feedback!

Sometimes I find it useful to use google to search this forum. For example, putting "teamestrogen.com sit bones" in a google search will give you links to threads on measuring sit bones, among others.

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