How to Select a Comfortable Bicycle Seat for a Ride
Many people decide to take up bicycling but then give up because it is just not comfortable sitting on a bike for a long period of time. This doesn't have to be the case, however. A comfortable bicycle seat can make all the difference. When a rider chooses the right seat, it can completely change the bicycling experience, resulting in longer bike rides and making bicycling more enjoyable for riders of all skill levels.
When shopping for a new seat for your bike, you need to consider the type of riding you want to do. If you are a casual rider with a hybrid or cruising bike and you like to ride around town or on paved trails, a cushioning saddle like the Lumintrail 10.5" Wide Cruiser might be the best choice for you. It features a wide seat and gel padding which provide a nice comfortable place to sit for a casual ride. The gel cushion will mold to your body to provide maximum comfort ride after ride and the suspension will keep your ride smooth. If a ventilated seat sounds good to you, there is also the Lumintrail Vented Comfort Cruiser Bike Saddle that features ventilation in the middle of the seat for added cooling and comfort.
If you are more of a speed or distance rider, you might want to go with a sport bike seat like the Lumintrail Performance Sport Bike Seat. The shape and design of this seat helps to reduce road vibration and it also features the ventilated middle section. This comfortable bicycle seat features foam padding, which is good for long distance riders as it provides a more firm surface than a gel cushion, which helps with support during long rides but does not sacrifice comfort. This type of seat would also be a good choice for mountain bikers, as the firmness of the seat provides a nice surface during adventurous, off road rides.
Women riders may also want to consider bicycle seats that are specifically designed for the different shapes and contours of a woman's body. Many seats offer a women's design in addition to a unisex design for those women who find a gender specific seat more to their liking. These seats can often provide comfort for wider hips and lighter body weight and many women find them preferable to unisex seats. One other feature that many riders swear by when it comes to comfort and long lasting is a built-in water dust resistant seat cover extends the life of the bike saddle by protecting it against the elements. These seats can be long-lasting and will only cost less than $35.00, but the long life could make it money well spent for riders who plan to get a lot of mileage out of their seat.
Regardless of the type of rider you are and the features you prioritize in a seat, there is a comfortable bike seat out there for you that will improve the quality of your bike rides.