How to choose a bike saddle

How to buy a new bicycle saddle

Choosing the right saddle tends to be an iterative process — most experienced riders have tried a few before settling on a favourite.

To avoid buying a succession of bike saddles, think about what it is with your current one that isn’t working for you.

If it’s just that it’s comfortable, but knackered or just a bit heavy, then choosing a new one is fairly easy. The same saddle shape is usually available in a range of prices, materials and weights, so upgrading within the same family is generally a safe bet.

A bigger challenge is replacing a saddle because it’s uncomfortable. This needs a bit of thought — try to pin down what it is that doesn’t work for you.

If you feel you have to constantly correct your seating position, why not try a seat with a more pronounced dip to keep you in one place? Maybe it’s too wide and rubs your legs or you like to sit on the nose but it’s hard and narrow? Use your observations of previous perches to narrow down your choice.

The San Marco Regale Racing and Genetic Carbon Monocoque are two lightweight racing options