I (Cindie) learned the hard and painful way that bicycle saddles
designed for men are not appropriate or uncomfortable for women. Men and women have very
different rear ends so it only makes since that they would have different
looking bike seats. Women's bicycle seats have many differences compared
to men's but mainly they are wider to accommodate a woman's wider hips and
shorter to fit our smaller bodies. If you are a woman reading this and are currently
riding a bike saddle designed by a man for men please read on. Comfortable
cycling demands a well fitting bicycle touring saddle.
I ride a Terry saddles especially made for a woman's anatomy. In
my early days of biking I was constantly in pain while riding my bicycles. I changed bike
seats often looking for a solution. I bought so many different bicycle
saddles it was getting expensive and Tim complained about installing them. Then I found Terry
specific bicycle saddles. These comfortable bike seats are designed by a woman for women.
She came up with the unique design of
cutting out the center of the saddle where it presses against a women’s
sensitive area. Soon I had a Terry saddle on my mountain bike, road bike,
touring bicycle, and
tandem. When I was getting ready to leave on our around the world bike tour I
called Terry Bicycles in a panic asking what saddle should I use for a long
tour. She had a very simple answer for me. Use the one you are using now so I
left with a Terry Liberator Ti racer. She was right! I was comfortable and had
very few saddle sores or cycling discomforts. I now ride a Terry Ti Race
Saddle and it works just as well. Personally, I would not ride a bike without a
Terry saddle or designed specifically for a woman.
Great for lengthy rides and touring where body position is slightly more
upright. The Liberator is wider and contoured in the rear for additional
support and has a larger cutaway for relief and increased ventilation. Made
in Italy. Cromoly Rails. Leather cover with kevlar edges. 9.8/6.5 in. 371g.
The ultimate bike seat for women, ridden and universally loved around the
world. For 14 years, Terry has been designing and testing saddles with
female athletes, distance riders and recreational cyclists. Introduced in
1999, the Italian-made Butterfly represents the best in all that research
and development. Wider in the rear than typical race saddles for good
support of a woman's sit bones; completely cut away through the nose and
mid-section, making it flexible and comfortable against soft tissues; low
profile, flat top with multi-density injection molded foam that's a bit
stiffer in the rear for more power while pedaling; lightest weight titanium
rails attach to the shell in an integral suspension bridge design that
minimizes road shock; textured leather wears beautifully over time and keeps
you in position. Black with embroidered butterfly. Titanox rails. 274g.