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Saddles are your main points of contact with your bike. Your saddle needs to be comfortable primarily and suitable to your sport.

There are numerous designs to alleviate pressure and ensure your riding remains healthy and comfortable, saddles are all about personal choice and your own anatomy. What suits one person may not suit another. It doesn't matter how great your bike is if you aren't sitting comfortably you won't be enjoying the ride.

Saddle designs vary slightly for different styles of cycling; you will now find that there are specific saddles for down hill and mountain biking, BMX, road and even time trial.

On the road in particular weight is a consideration and super lightweight saddles are very desirable.

Off-road saddles need to be strong to take the knocks of the terrain and riders body weight compressing into the saddle. The rear of saddles are sometimes narrower to allow riders to slide their weight backwards more easily.

The most important thing is that the saddle is supportive. You need your weight to be on your sit bones not pushing through sensitive tissue areas. Against expectation softer saddles are sometimes more uncomfortable than harder but more supportive ones.

Men's saddles will have a long and fairly narrow base generally. They may have a foam or gel insert for additional comfort and even in-built vibration damping or a pressure saving cut out section. Try different saddles until you find one that suits you and stick with it.

Women specific saddles are a must for lady riders. For a women, due to the wider pelvic bone structure, the rear of the saddle needs to be wider than the men's equivilent. Also the padding needs to be relocated to suit the female form. Women specific saddles can transform the comfort of your bike.
This story was last updated on 17/01/2012