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Do They Make An Anatomically Correct Bike Seat?
Wow... you hit me right up my alley (no pun intended) with this question. You see, about 10 years ago I worked a sit down job for about 10 hours a day. Combined with a half hour ride in the car to the train station and a two and a 1/2 hour ride each day Monday thru Friday sitting down on the train and I started to get very sore. Some doctors said it was a prostate issue while others said it involved the perineum. All I know is that I hurt something tremendously and they had no problem giving me drugs for it. About the same time my wife (she is so sweet) bought me a birthday present. She kidnapped me in the car and we ended up at our local bike shop. Up til that point I had been a road bike type of guy. Pure speed was all that I cared about. But that day in April she was buying me a mountain bike... my first.
I'm tough to fit because I'm a very small guy. Anyway, my wife did a great job picking out the bike but then something clicked in the back of my head. Sitting down for me equals pain. In my college years I had been in a bicycle club (Shawnee Wheelers), I loved to ride but between work and all the sitting, even my road bike was becoming a literal pain to ride. It actually got to the point where I didn't want to ride my bike any longer but I didn't know what to do about it. I was sure I wasn't the only guy that had this problem. So I grabbed the kid helping us out, pulled him to the side and explained my situation. It was at this very point that I found out about anatomically correct bike seats. I think in this case a picture says a thousand words.
When it comes to choosing an anatomical bike seat (or comfortable bike seat), you have to take into account what you will be riding. No use in putting a 3 lb. seat on a road bike that weighs 15 lbs.... get my drift? However the jolt that you may take while riding a mountain bike through potholes and over curbs just begs for a cushier (more comfortable) seat with plenty of padding.
I walked away from from the bike store that day with new found knowledge and respect for the 16 year old who could appreciate my issues. Whether you are a guy who suffers from prostate problems, want to ease the ride in that area, or are a woman who want to relieve the pressure in that area, an anatomically bike seat makes perfect sense. Yes, there are both universal seats that both men and women can use as well as separate male only/female only bike seats.
Planet Bike Men's A.R.S. Anatomic Relief Bicycle Saddle
Planet Bike 5021 Women's ARS Standard Anatomic Relief Saddle with Gel
|Yes ($25 minimum)|
I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoy my mountain bike thanks to what is called an anatomic relief bicycle saddle. If you are in the market for one, do a little bit of research, check out the reviews, make sure you are buying the appropriate saddle for the bike you are riding, and above all else, get out there and enjoy riding again. I know I do!!!
09 Selle SMP Evolution