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How to: Choose the Perfect Saddle

Saddle sores no more! How to find the perfect saddle

Here at TWC we understand that choosing a saddle can be an intimidating process. Trying to decipher between widths, sizes and shapes can be a nightmare. And how on earth can you tell which is the perfect match for your derriere?

So we have enlisted the help of Chris Garrison from Trek Bikes to get the low down on how to find that match made in heaven.

The saddle is THE most important element in overall bike fit. This might seem like a bold statement, but even expert bike fitters have come around to this idea. You can have everything else in your fit dialed, but if your saddle isn’t right, it can negate the benefit of having the other contact points on your bike set up exactly as you need them.

Tight for time? Check out our bite size guide to choosing a new saddle

And finding the perfect saddle is a task that should not be underestimated. For many, saddles can be a torture device, causing pain and in the worst case scenario, removing some of the joy of riding.

Finding saddle nirvana is dependent on three main factors:

  1. Cycling shorts
  2. Chamois cream
  3. Saddle

This article will try and help with number three, which is arguably the most important element.

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