Indoor saddle recommendations

Hi, on the road I don’t really get any discomfort but now I’m back into winter training on my wattbike I notice a lot more soreness after a 90min effort.
Has anyone tried one of the big padded style seats? I’m not sure if they’d get in the way with pedalling but after trying a couple of other road saddles after a few rides I’m still not that comfortable so looking for ideas on the static bike

I am just after change of saddles - before I was using Specialized Romin Evo and just bought Ergon SR Allroad - and it completely bum-changing experience.

Sitting 3h-4h on the indoor bike is no problem at all - and I am talking sitting without any breakes or standing in the pedals. It was not about padding but rather shape of the saddle - Ergon is flatter on the back and gives me better support. It was my 4th different saddle I have tried and definitely it will become my goto from now on.

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Some existing links worth a look if you haven’t seen them already.


I would suggest you take into consideration whether the discomfort is:

  1. Coming from your sit bones, IE “my butt hurts” or,
  2. Coming from your perineum, IE “My undercarriage is numb”

Sometimes it’s both, sometime it’s one or the other. I used to have both.

First thing I would do before you buy a new saddle is to prop the front of your bike up a minimum of 1-inch, and see what that does. This was the game changer for me. I think you can go as high as 2-inches without really changing the muscles you work, but @mcneese.chad could speak more to the specifics of this.

If it’s perineum specific discomfort, I’d try a triathlon/TT saddle if you’re making the switch.

Good luck … it’s a finicky problem to sort out.

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In short, since this appears to be 2 separate setups:

  1. Outside bike
  2. Wattbike inside

A key starting point is what saddle(s) are in use on either or both bikes?

  • If they are the same, move on to saddle setup.
  • If they are different, consider why and if that is appropriate.

After that, you can consider how similar the saddle height and fore-aft position are. Match within reason if possible, then move on to the front end. Ditto here with matching stuff like reach and drop to the main position on the bars (could differ a bit because components likely do not match).

Essentially, until the two bikes are setup “the same” within a few millimeters, that is a large question mark. If that is already done, the next step is considering the lack of motion between each.

  • Front end higher is a proxy for shifting weight a bit like the push-back we get from wind resistance outside.
  • Then the super rigid nature of most indoor bikes can be an issue for some riders. Hacking some foam under the feet is the super easy way to get some movement without the effort or cost of a full on rocker. It may be enough on it’s own, or enough of a taste that shows a more elaborate solution could be worthwhile (rocker plate).