I can remember last years #RoadtripParis at the end of every ride I could barely sit on my saddle anymore. At the start of each of the following days I battled to get comfy on my saddle. On the last day into Paris my saddle had become unbearable with 15km left of the ride I decided to stand up the whole time and power through my pedals. It gave my bum a rest but my legs a big workout. A good saddle can make you have a great ride and a poorly fitting saddle can disturb your ride, your saddle is the most important thing on a bike.
So after #RoadtripParis the big question was how could I find a good saddle again as it didn't disturb me when I was racing, it was only on long distances that it bothered me. After some testing I have find the perfect saddle again and I am able to ride many kilometers back to back. So here is some advice!
To find the right saddle don't buy a saddle on its looks and make sure you test it on a few rides. After many tests with different brands I ended up with Selle Italia as they have developed a system to choose the right saddle for you. They look to data like age, length, weight, gender, type of rider, width of the pelvis, circumference of the upper leg and the flexibility of the pelvis. Based on these data the system calculates which saddle matches your body. They found me the perfect saddle and I started testing.
Now I am riding without pain again and I don't have to stand for 15km next year during #RoadtripParis anymore (thank god!)
If you want to know which saddle is perfect for you visit a certified selle Italia idmatch center. You can look them up here
For more information about Selle Italia check out their website
Happy riding girls!
About Marit Huisman
Marit used to race when she was younger. Since stopping racing she has devoted her time to developing women’s cycling and creating projects and initiatives to get women on the bike. Her best moments on the bike are riding with friends through beautiful areas and challenging each other. In her spare time she likes to play guitar and really hopes that she can play in a band one day!
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