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Stupid question: What is the nose of a saddle for?(10 posts)

Stupid question: What is the nose of a saddle for?Len J
May 30, 2003 4:46 AM
I can't find a single purpose for it.

I certainly won't/can't sit on it.
It doesn't help keep my thighs apart (not that I need that).

The only thing you need is a place to put your sit bones (OK maybe several places), but that doesn't explain the nose.

Any ideas???

It serves many purpose...biknben
May 30, 2003 5:02 AM
Alright maybe not "Many" purposes but it has some. You use it to keep youself in position on the saddle. It keeps your butt from moving side to side. Without it you'd be sliding off the seat all the time.

You also use it when cornering. You put your outside leg down and lean into the saddle with your inner thigh as you go around the turn.
re: Stupid question: What is the nose of a saddle for?Matno
May 30, 2003 5:11 AM
I use it a lot. When I'm on the drops or the aerobars, a lot of my support comes from the front part of the saddle. Also, it gives you side to side stability, although that's more of an issue when mountain biking. You could always get one of these:

Or one of these:
(My dad actually had ie if these a few years back, and it worked fine for his upright bike. Don't know how well it would work on a real road bike...
to support the rails?tarwheel
May 30, 2003 5:23 AM
Why don't you cut the nose off a saddle and see if it makes a difference?
2 purposes...philippec
May 30, 2003 5:55 AM
bunny hops and stabilising bike by clenching btwn thighs on high speed descents.


amazingly enough, what is YOUR nose for?cyclopathic
May 30, 2003 7:29 AM
I can't find a single purpose for it. 8-O


just take saddle off and ride around block for 5-10min. Riding out of saddle you'd be surprized how much control saddle /nose/ gives you.
Not my point (I think).........Len J
May 30, 2003 7:53 AM
I'm not arguing that the saddle isn't necessary, just wondering why the front half of the saddle exists (the non-seat area).

non-seat areacyclopathic
May 30, 2003 9:11 AM
you're using it to control bike, esp when you stand. Otherwise all you have is handlebar and handlebar only may be dangerous in some situations. Cornering, sprinting, controlling shimmy on downhills, etc.

I really reccomend to try bike w/o saddle. You'd see how much you use seat nose riding out of saddle.
Or just try...Matno
May 30, 2003 10:48 AM
riding with your saddle on backwards. That ought to get rid of that annoying nose part, without cutting your saddle rails in half. It's worth a try, just to see what you'd be missing...
re: Stupid question: What is the nose of a saddle for?swvegg
May 31, 2003 8:04 AM
Jesus Christ, you people sometimes....