Once you are in the correct position on the bike, the saddle is one of the final pieces of the puzzle. The right saddle can be critical to your success on the bike.
Besides comfort, it is important to find balance and power on the saddle, since the majority of your body weight is on it. If you are uncomfortable, or not in balance, your legs will start to shift your butt around looking for a better spot to sit. This will begin to cause fatigue, aches, foot issues, cramping, muscle imbalances, and more. If you are trying to balance yourself on the bike with your feet and arms because you don’t like your saddle, it can be a recipe for disaster.
Aero position on a bike can be even more intrusive. With your pelvis rotating and tilting forward, you begin to put more weight on the front parts of your body. If the saddle (cut-out, width, length) are not right, you will be uncomfortable, numb, loose circulation, decrease aerodynamics (because you sit out of the saddle for comfort); and ultimately power and speed.
Never assume that you should just be uncomfortable and deal with pain and that it’s part of riding a bike. That is the furthest from the truth. When thinking about a saddle, always first ensure that your fit is correct. If you are not fit on a bike correctly, no saddle substitution will solve the issue. Get the correct bike fit first and then start your quest for a new saddle that fits best for you!
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