Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Differences in saddles

When I started with cycling earlier this year, it took me about 4 weeks to get used to the saddle on my mountain bike. The reason for this is because it was much more narrow than the ones you find on the Stationary bikes in the gym.

The stationary bikes in the gym was the only "bikes" I rode until my Coach told me about his passion for mountain biking and the more he talked about it, the more I got convinced that this sounds like such an exhilarating sport which I just had to try.

First I want to show you what the stationary bikes saddles look like in the gym. Notice how wide they are.


Right, now I am going to show you what my mountain bike saddle look like.


The following saddle is the one you find on Spinning bikes in the gym:


This one is the ones you find on the Wattbikes in the gym.


You see the difference in width on all these saddles. Now you can grasp why it took me about 4 weeks to get used to my saddle on my mountain bike because it's so much narrower. When I started riding, it felt as if my pubic bone wanted to fell out of my body and chaffing was the worst. 

But now that I am used to the more narrow saddle, I have discovered on Monday that I don't like the ride the normal stationary bikes with the wide saddles anymore. On Monday I warmed up for 10 minutes on the normal stationary bikes and the saddle was so uncomfortable. I immediately felt disgusted because the riding on the stationary bike just did not feel right. Felt as if I was sitting on a huge chair while riding a bike. 

Seems I am now converted ;) Love the narrow saddles on the Spinning and Wattbikes as well as my mountain bike :)

Next step is to do research on all types of saddles as I am buying myself a proper mountain bike end of November. Can't wait.