Saddle pads can make a huge difference in the comfort of your bike and it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or experienced rider. I first discovered them when my wife asked me to get her own for our daily commute. They seemed like such an unnecessary addition, but as I dug deeper I found that they can be useful tools for alleviating back pain and other body aches from prolonged hours spent sitting in traffic.
To find the best pads for your specific situation, try measuring your saddle’s seat surface area. This is a fairly simple process, as most bike stores have charts that will help you measure in inches. You want to include the top and bottom of your saddle, the underside of your saddle, and anywhere you might feel uncomfortable. Once you’ve gathered this information, you should have a good idea of which size and style of pad are right for you.
I prefer the padded ones as they provide more padding and prevent your lower back from getting sore. The main downside is that you’ll likely need to buy several to get comfortable with them. The best thing is that most companies will offer a money back guarantee so if you’re not completely happy you can simply return the saddle pad. It’s better to spend a couple dollars upfront for a saddle pad that offers great value and longevity than spend hundreds on a pad that doesn’t work right.