NEED A COMFORTABLE SEAT FOR A SCHWINN AIRDYNE
January 13, 2006
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I have a beautiful Schwinn Airdyne
bike but the seat is not comfortable and I can only stand
to ride for about 10 minutes. If I had a comfortable seat
I could ride much longer. Can you help me find the right
Seats cause discomfort for a variety
of reasons. Sometimes theyve got the wrong position
for your body. Other times, they dont fit right, or
have too much or too little padding.
Lets start with the simple
stuff. Try tilting the nose of the seat up or down slightly
and see if that makes a difference. (You should find a nut
underneath the seat you to loosen it. After you tilt the
seat tighten the nut.)
If that doesnt work, you could
try a new seat. The softer the better, right? Maybe. Maybe
not. A really soft seat might hurt you cuz your soft tissue,
not your pelvic bones, ends up supporting most of your weight.
This explains why veteran long-distance cyclists like leather
saddles: Tho the saddle might feel hard at the start, over
time it molds itself so that it supports the pelviss
sit bones (actually called the ischial
An alternative to a leather saddle:
One that flares up slightly in the back to support your
sit bones, and has some kind of groove or hole in the center
to keep your soft tissue from supporting your weight (e.g.,
the Cloud Nine Lady Gf).
But if you dont sit on that
seat for more than, say, 30 minutes at a time, a plain old
gel-padded seat might just work out in the end (ha ha).
Note, tho, that saddles come in different widths; too narrow
a seat might have your sit bones sort of falling off the
edges, leaving your soft tissue to do most of the support.
I recommend you visit your local bike shop and find a seat
that seems to fit. Make sure you can exchange the seat in
case it doesnt feel right over time.
You can find more tips and pictures
of different seat types in my book, Urban
Bikers Tricks & Tips.