The Pedalshift Project 086: The best bike touring saddles for you

The best bike touring saddles for you might not be what you expect. On this week’s pod, we tackle the tricky subject of what to choose for your seat.

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Gear Talk: The best bike touring saddles for you

  • Do I need an expensive saddle? No.
  • Should I get that Brooks saddle everyone talks about? Maybe.
  • Ho you sit matters… upright? down? in between? You’ll sit on different parts of the saddle, so the saddle shape matters.
  • Gel saddles will probably give you saddle sores because your sit bones will slough all over. Believe it or not, firmer is better
  • Speaking of chafing… my solution for saddle sores has nothing to do with the saddle.
  • Saddle libraries like Gladys Bikes in PDX are great resources, but your LBS is always a good bet.
  • Saddles are *very* personal choices.
  • I like my Brooks, but I don’t find it to be a game changer. Stock saddles may be ok for you… if they’re adjusted right so your sit bones are on them right based on riding position.
  • Resource: Cycling About on saddles

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