All Mountain Bike Parts Descriptions
#23) Saddles/Seats - Seats or more technically saddles, support most of your body
weight when riding a bike.
They are padded and have springs to absorb
some of the bumps from the road. They come in super
comfy couch models that are so big and loaded with
thick coil springs that you may want to put up your
feet and grab the converter. Or, you can go the opposite
way with the super "wafer thin" saddle that
weighs less than 100 grams.
The funny thing about saddles happens
every spring when someone goes out for their fist
ride. They arrive home in agony, and experience sourus
buttus for, like a week. The first thing they do is
go buy one of those big comfy saddles because they
have sore butts. The soreness will go away eventually
anyway, so remember that the sleek little saddle that
came with the bike is probably just fine because it
is better for inner leg clearance, perspiration, and
circulation. The big comfy couch belongs on a cruiser.
Saddles are supported by steel, ti (titanium),
chromo, or alloy rails. These rails enable the seat
to be pushed forward or back about 2 to 3 inches,
to position the seat and rider for the optimum pedaling
position over the crank.
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