Is a bigger bike seat better?

Megan Smith
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Is a bigger bike seat better? Bigger isn’t always better, and in this case, it depends on the type of riding you’ll be doing.

is a bigger bike seat betterYou won’t enjoy your riding experience if your seat is too wide.

Your seat is not only meant to be a place to sit down.

It is the point where your weight is distributed uniformly across your bike and will help you achieve an appropriate balance.

If you’ve got that bit sorted out, you can comfortably concentrate on hitting the pedals.

Is a bigger bike seat better? Introduction

No, a bigger bike seat is not always better. Bike seats can be too large!

A bike saddle can be too large either because it came with your bike or wasn’t appropriately modified.

Due to the latter, we suggest that you don’t rush out back to the shop, tossing the seat in the trash as you go. Try to fix it first.

How large or wide should my bike saddle be?

For maximum enjoyment and to get the most out of your ride, it is vital to get your bike seat sizing right.

Each individual seat needs to consider the rider’s ‘sit width’, which is the space that falls in between the rider’s sit bones.

Chafing is something every rider wants to avoid, and too large a seat means that your inner thighs will rub against the seat. This means chafing, especially in hot weather.

On the other hand, if your seat is too narrow, your sit bones will spill over the sides, and instead, soft tissue will be bearing your weight, something you certainly want to avoid.

It’s only at a later stage after encountering such difficulties do riders realize it’s all due to an incorrect seat modification.

Don’t throw it away if your seat feels uncomfortable and doesn’t fit well.

Go to someone experienced and you may well save yourself some money.

Knowing the width of your sit bones is essential

There are a couple of various ways to examine one’s sit bone width and then match that measurement to the proper saddle width.

Finding out your sit bone is relatively easy, but you will need to know a couple of things to understand your results and we’ve got you covered.

As surprising as it may be, your sit bones do not work as a single measurement.

They are usually 30-40mm longer and narrower towards the front area of the bike seat.

Your measurement will be dependent on several factors: the way you sit while being measured, for example.

We suggest combining the bone measurement with your stance while riding and where you generally sit on a bike.

For example, if your hips are somewhat upright, you may need to get a wider seat with a less defined anterior tilt.

You’ll find it easier to get the best fit you need by taking the above into account.

Final tip: Don’t forget to take your weight into account. Choose a saddle with sufficient carrying capacity. Read more about it in the article Do bike seats have weight limits?

Conclusion: Is a bigger bike seat better?

We cannot stress this too strongly:

Throwing away a seat that you think is too uncomfortable is often a waste of your hard-earned cash.

Make sure that you have your bike seat set by an expert, and from there, you can determine whether your discomfort and pain are coming from there.

If you’ve done that and still feel that things aren’t right, then it’s time to open the purse strings, but not before.

Tip: Explore our list of the best bicycle saddles for bigger behinds if you’re planning to invest in a new bike saddle.

Last but not least: Read Is cycling good for losing weight? and find out how to lose weight on a bike.

About Megan Smith

Megan has been fighting overweight and her plus size since her teenage years. After trying all types of remedies without success, she started doing her own research. Megan founded Plus Size Zeal to share her findings. She also developed various detailed buying guides for plus-size people in order to make their lives easier and more comfortable. Read More