The mountain bike saddle arrived a bit later

Casual and Recreational riders never give their bike saddle a second thought. They just peddle away with the seat that came with the bike, assuming that if it's a good bike it has a good seat. Professional riders know this is sadly not true. A good bike saddle is an important choice for performance and comfort. Much like any other sporting goods, there are different models for different types of use. Some riders Another rider may be a fan of the innovative WTB bicycle saddle. Cyclist feel it is always a personal choice.

When shopping for a bike you will find a lot of different brands of bike saddles available today. This is a far cry from the early days of mountain biking and racing when seats were blamed for all sorts of problems from numbness to infections. Truth be known the early models may have been responsible for putting pressure in the wrong places and causing more than their fair share of discomfort. Now at least we have many more choices to satisfy the requirements of comfort.

Women who ride competitively will most likely find Terry saddles the right choice for a comfortable ride. In 1992, founder Georgena Terry revolutionized the industry by patenting a seat designed specifically for women. The Terry bicycle saddle is made in four different lines, each with several different models. The company has diversified by producing many different Terry saddles made just for men, too.

Brooks saddles had an earlier patent that belongs to Brooks saddles. When forced to commute to work on a bicycle, due to his lack of a horse, John Boultbee Brooks found the experience so unpleasant he created his own version. He soon was known for his exemplary leather saddles. With its nearly 150 years of tradition, this company is able to offer a product of exceptional old world craftsmanship combined with today's technological advances. No matter where you are riding Brooks England makes a saddle for the occasion.

There are other bike saddles that that old world feeling. This company was established in 1897. It has seen seats evolve from steel to modern carbon and continues to look for new and better ways of reinventing the seat. This company pioneered the use of gel inserts to relive pressure points and provide a more comfortable ride. This revolutionary new advancement allowed these seats to absorb the various bumps and vibrations from the road without weighing down the bike.

The mountain bike saddle arrived a bit later, around 1982. A new generation of bikers enjoyed a new sport: mountain biking. Riding on dirt trails over rough terrain required a much different approach to the construction of a seat. WTB has evolved to encompass racing and performance seats in addition to their recreations line. All of their saddles incorporate the company's "anatomically friendly" approach to the saddle.

The Fizik company is also concerned with the anatomy of their riders. This company has designed an unusual approach to fitting a rider with the proper seat. They call it "The Spine Concept". These saddles saddles are divided into categories for three types of riders, depending on how the rider prefers to sit and thus distribute his body weight. The categories are the Snake, the Chameleon and the Bull. Once a rider finds his designation, there is a range of Fizik saddles from which he can choose.

Only the cyclist can find the perfect seat for himself. Since every person's body is different there is "no one size fits all" option. Riders should take into account how the seat will be used as well as the preferences of the body. Proper padding and support of the ischail tuberosities (more commonly known as the "sit bones") will prevent numbness and chafing and a host of other cycle-related complaints. Finding a saddle is just as personal and individual a choice as a shoe. Cyclists need to shop around to find just the right fit.