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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