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need seat suitable for female anatomyAnnabeth
Sep 17, 2001 7:30 PM
Does anyone have any recommendations on seats for females? I just started biking, and have an entry level bike (Trek 1000). The seat that came with it is extremely painful if I go more than 10 miles, so basically every time I ride. I don't want to invest in anything that is a waste of money. Any help at all is appreciated!
re: need seat suitable for female anatomynestorl
Sep 17, 2001 7:54 PM
saddles are the most personal part of the bike...some people go through many before they find one the 'fits'. there are tons of female design saddles and you should be able to find something that meet you needs. check nashbar or performance (.com) and read about their different female saddles. Also, one thing you have to consider..if you are new to cycling, you may need to allow your body to adjust to the pressure and develop suporting muscles. This may take some time, and I suspect that some of your current pain may not be due to the saddle (although entry level bikes like the 1000 do come with some crapy saddles).
Check the sites I mentioned and see if you find something you like. cheers, Nestor
Try Selle Italia's Lady Trans AmTarzan
Sep 18, 2001 12:05 AM
I'm riding the Selle Italia's Lady Trans Am and have been able to handle 6 and 7 hour rides (see This is a high quality, well designed saddle. Do a search on Yahoo or the like using Selle Italia Lady Trans Am and you'll come up with bunches of places to buy.

My only complaint is that I think the nose of the saddle is a little too wide. This causes no problem, I just am minimalist and think they could have used less there. Since most women have thick thighs, I'm suprised they made it thicker than the men's. For this reason, I might also check out the men's although it is also narrower across the back and might not be suitable for a woman with wider hips and thus pelvic bones. Depends some on your anatomy too.

I have tried the Terry - the one with the cut out center and the seam right at the top of the cut out. The seam caused pressure and the saddle overall was too soft. It did not compare to the Trans Am well at all. Since, I believe Terry has redesigned to hide the seam but I have had no reason to try it since I'm happy with the Trans Am.

Additionally, get a good pair of shorts and make sure they are for women. Mens shorts are different in very critical ways. I do very well in Pearl Izumi's Attack.

Being comfortable in the saddle is all-important. So go for it!!
Great Advicegrzy
Sep 27, 2001 8:28 AM
My wife has been very happy with her Lady Trans Am also. Recently we did the Klimb to Kaiser with 152 miles of riding. Only other tip would be to use the Chamois Butter - it really helps keep any chaffing down (men and women). The wife sometimes rides with undies on the shorter rides, but not the longer ones. I haven't a clue on this one - it just is. Undies typically create more problems than they solve. Good inexpenisve shorts can be had online from for around $35. Quality is top notch. Pearl Izumi is great stuff, but a bit pricey.
re: go to a LBS and try a bunch of em!Fat Chance Ti Guy
Sep 18, 2001 7:38 AM
When my fiance' was presented with her first "real" bike, I put pretty much everything on it but the saddle.

We then went down to our local (and excellent) bike shop, TwoWheelTango (ann arbor, MI) and they were great with her, she tried 6-10 different seats on her bike, and toured the lot with them, before picking up a Serfas model that she fell in love with. I don't recall the model, but it's a semi race type of cut. no gell, just a minor relieved area in the middle.

I'd recommend this route. Hard to buy a comfy saddle over the web or telephone, and everybody's butt is a bit different. We are fortunate to have a wonderful local shop with great service (no I don't work there).

How do you think the rest of the bike fits?nee Spoke Wrench
Sep 18, 2001 7:40 AM
Try to get the position of your handlebars relative to the saddle, both distance and height, dialed in first. A too low handlebar position will change the angle of your torso and no saddle will feel comfortable.
Try these, but not thesespookyload
Sep 18, 2001 7:52 AM
I work partime at a bike shop, and have put people on lots of bikes. Saddle preferences are so personal, but here is a quick guide of the most common picked saddles for women. The Terry Liberator is very popular with women and men. It is a larger seat, and has great support with cut outs for the right spots. If you find you need a narrower seat, look into the sella italia womens trans am. The seats you want to stay away from are any with the large gel pads on them. the seats with small inserts are ok, but the large gel pads feel great at first, but as you ride, the gel moves to area's the are very tender, and can cause even more pain over time.
need suitable femaleWoof the dog
Sep 19, 2001 7:36 PM
Sorry, couldn't resist. :-)

You should ask a bike shop to let you try out a different saddle (if they've some in stock for women). I am sure they wouldn't really mind. Just make sure you ask a manager or even better the owner 'cause all the lowly clerks and wrenches are scared sh!tless of managers and won't make any exceptions.


Woof the dog.
re: need seat suitable for female anatomyMapei Boy
Sep 26, 2001 10:03 AM
My wife absolutely loves her Selle Italia Lady Trans Am. She has one on both her road and her mountain bike. For a while, she had a Giro Fizik Vitesse ladies' saddle, but she thought it was an absolute torture rack. I ended up trying the Vitesse and, guess what, it's now my saddle of choice. The moral? I don't really know. But whatever the situation, it seems the Lady Trans Am is the one that gets the most kudos. In any case, pay attention to the post that tells you to be properly fitted on the bike before you do any serious saddle shopping. A saddle might be comfortable when your bike is set up one way...but massively uncomfortable when it's set up another way.