Bicycle saddles or seats are one of those things you really need to try before you buy. Having an uncomfortable saddle can really ruin your ride, so we want you to be riding the most comfortable saddle for you, so you'll spend more time riding your bike.
That's why we've started the Omafiets saddle library. Here's how it works:
- You pay a $30 membership fee, and receive your library card.
- You can borrow as many saddles as you like (one at a time) for up to one week each.
- When you've found the saddle of your dreams, we'll give you a brand new one with a $30 discount.
It's often not enough to take a saddle for a short test ride around the block - we want you to be sure you've found the best saddle for you, which is why we let you take it for a whole week. That way you can test it on your regular commute or other long ride, and be sure you've made the right choice.
Here are the saddles in the library, available for loans:
B17, B17 "S": The most popular Brooks saddle, the B17 is designed for bikes with the handlebars at the same height or lower than the saddle. The "S" version has a shorter nose, and is recommended for women. Available in Black, Brown and Honey.
B17 Narrow: Same as the B17, but narrower.
Flyer, Flyer "S": The sprung version of the B17, it has the same leather top, but a pair of springs at the rear. Recommended for bikes where the handlebars are higher than the saddle. The "S" version has a shorter nose, and is recommended for women. Available in Black, Brown and Honey. [The Flyer is available for test rides]
Cambium C17, C17 "S": Brooks' rubber/cotton saddle is the same shape as the B17, but requires no breaking in - plus it's weatherproof. It's a firm saddle that will suit riders who don't need much padding. The "S" version has a shorter nose, and is recommended for women. Available in Slate and Natural. Vegan.
Rolls: A wide, flat saddle, with foam padding and a leather top. Available in Black Textured, White, Brown Suede, Honey, and perforated Black and White.
Regal: A wide, flat saddle, with foam padding and a leather top. Available in Black, White and Brown, with Copper or Silver rivets.
Concor Supercorsa: Leather top. Available in Vintage Black, and perforated Black and White.
Concor Supercorsa X: Microfibre top. Available in Black and White. Vegan.
Lady Gel Flow: A very popular womens-specific saddle that has a leather cover, gel padded cut-out, and a wider rear. Available in Black and White.
Diva Gel Flow: Womens-specific saddle that has a leather cover, gel padded cut-out, and a wider rear. The cutout is wider at the rear than the Lady Gel Flow. Available in Black and White.
Man Gel Flow: Has a wider rear than most mens saddles. Padded cut-out with gel inserts. Leather cover. Black only.
Microfibre Touring Saddle: A foam saddle with a microfibre cover that's weatherproof. Designed to feel similar to a Brooks B17. Available in Brown and Black. Vegan.
E-Gel Mens: A gel/plastic saddle with a fairly wide, soft top. Vegan.
E-Gel Ladies: A gel/plastic saddle with a wider, soft top. vegan.
Comfort Saddle with Cruiser Springs: A very wide gel/plastic saddle, with springs underneath. Good for larger people who are sitting upright. Vegan.
Scoop Elite Radius: A plastic/foam saddle with a narrow top. Has a more pronounced curve off to the sides, so suits more upright positions (higher handlebars). Vegan.
Scoot Elite Shallow: A plastic/foam saddle with a narrow top. Has a shallow curve off to the sides, so suits more aggressive positions (lower handlebars). Vegan.
Well: A plastic/foam saddle. Fairly narrow, lightweight. Large cutout. Vegan.
Hybrid Gel: A plastic/gel saddle. Medium width, large cutout. Vegan.
Trk Gel Medium: A plastic/gel saddle. Wider, large cutout. Vegan.
Trk Gel Large: A plastic/gel saddle. Quite wide, large cutout. Vegan.
Is there a saddle you'd ilke to see in our library? Let us know!
Ever wondered why there isn't just an undisputed comfortable saddle for everyone that would make a saddle library redundant? It's worth reading Sheldon Brown's article about choosing the most comfortable saddle for you, including a comparison between hard, soft, large and small saddles.