I have a bike permanently set up on my trainer. Unfortunately, I have never found a saddle that is comfortable for sessions over 45 minutes. I assume this is because I get into a training zone and stay seated for long periods. I realize that saddles are a highly personal thing, but are there specific styles that seem more suitable for a trainer? — Barry T.
Coach Fred Replies:
You’re right that riding a trainer is hard on the rear end if you sit and grind. I know of no saddle that can alleviate the pressure and irritation caused by riding that way.
So the solution isn’t so much in getting a saddle that’s softer, wider or whatever. If a certain seat works for you on the road, it should work on the trainer, too. The way to make it more comfortable is to move on it and stand frequently.
You could set a timer to beep every 2 or 3 minutes, reminding you to ride out of the saddle for 30 seconds. Or even better, you can program standing time into your workout.
Crotch discomfort can be worse on a trainer if you use aero bars. Again, stand frequently and avoid dwelling on the saddle nose.
Moving on the saddle helps comfort, too. Slide to a new location often to change pressure points.
If you’re always creeping forward onto the narrow nose, considering elevating your bike’s front wheel a couple of inches. This will encourage you to stay on the wide rear of the saddle where weight is supported by your sit bones rather than the soft tissue between them.
Tip! Use a chamois cream (I like Chamois BUTT’r) to lubricate your crotch and the shorts liner. This reduces friction and skin abrasion. Many riders don’t use a lube indoors, but it’s very helpful when shorts become wet with sweat.
Coach Fred Matheny is an RBR co-founder who has four decades of road cycling and coaching experience. He has written 14 eBooks and eArticles on cycling training, available in RBR’s eBookstore.