How comfortable you are on your bike largely depends on the quality of the saddle.
Whether you're cycling around town or competing, the width, design and components of your saddle should be carefully considered.
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DECATHLON's cycling brand offers handy tips to help with your cycling.
Your saddle shouldn’t just make sitting on your bike comfortable, it should make riding in the position you prefer to ride in easier.
Although the material is important – of course, a gel saddle will be more comfortable than a foam one – it’s the position of the saddle that makes the biggest difference.
For a 90° position (straight back, a position often seen around town)
Go for a very wide saddle (XL). This distributes your weight over a larger surface area so that the pressure points are less pronounced.
For a 60° position (a halfway position, for hybrid bikes)
Plenty of room on and around the saddle is best. Choose a wide saddle (L).
For a 30° position (common in racing)
Too wide a saddle can cause rubbing and make sitting down uncomfortable, so opt for a medium saddle. If you’re in a 30° position it’ll help distribute your weight between the handlebars and it.
Mini cyclists should always go for a size S saddle. There’s plenty of time to figure out how they like to ride and the best saddle for them as they grow.
All saddles sold by B’TWIN are unisex. However, you can get bike saddles designed specifically for women.
A women's saddle is generally wider and shorter than a men's saddle in order to suit their different body shapes (wider hips and more sensitive nerve endings).
If you want, you can use a saddle cover (available in four sizes: S, M, L and XL) to make things even more comfortable.