Alternate seat for BikeErg

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Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by freedom.rider » January 29th, 2018, 11:11 pm

I know the BikeErg can accommodate a range of other seats. I’m looking for one that’s a bit more cushy or comfortable for my wife. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks!

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by rakserv » January 30th, 2018, 9:05 am

i was looking for an alternate seat as well; my friend whose a long distance cyclist recommended this seat:
https://www.amazon.com/Selle-Royal-Resp ... bike+seats

i have not tried it myself, but it looks like it may be more comfortable. he said that he was having hip pain and switched all of his bike seats to this model.

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by Cant Climb » January 30th, 2018, 11:17 am

I'm a big Ergon fan.

They have a model specific for Fitness bikes.
http://www.ergon-bike.com/en/product.ht ... c-44020050

I just use the chromoly rail version of the saddle on my MTB.

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by jhbrennan » February 8th, 2018, 5:44 pm

I switched to this and it's very comfortable - reasonably priced and fast shipment too.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MA ... _i=3404931

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by Nefariousd » February 8th, 2018, 11:19 pm

I just fit the Ergon. Oddly, my MTB shop had the gel fitness seat in the right size for me, which is weird because they only had three seats total n stock.

So far so good, up to an hour I could tolerate the factory seat after that I got wiggly

While I was changing it I figured out how to change the seat angle, these things should come with instructions

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by chipman » February 9th, 2018, 12:15 am

There is a reason road bike seats are designed the way they are. Eventually you will find out. Don't get rid of the stock saddle just yet.

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by clerkp » April 10th, 2018, 10:32 am

Hi all, just ordered a bike erg after getting a Model D last month. Did a lot of researching and settled on the bikerg as the best bang for the buck exercise bike on the market. Excited to get it going. One question for those who ride is recommending a "male friendly" replacement seat. I worry abit about prostatatis and other issues from riding a bike too much. I ordered a Sell Royal Moderate (chose that over the athletic because I see myself more upright on the bike) but am wondering if horsehoe shaped seat might be an even better option. Any recommendations for reasonable priced solutions are appreciated. I know the science is fuzzy on this but I absolutely do not want to go through prostatitis again.

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by chipman » April 10th, 2018, 5:16 pm

Do yourself a favor and go to a decent bike shop that does computerized fittings. They can fit you up to the correct width seat. You can also talk to them about the length of the seat for the purpose you have intended.

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by clerkp » April 10th, 2018, 10:54 pm

Thanks. I will do that. While on the topic is it just a wrench that loosens the bolt under the seat? Someone mentioned adjusting the angle. How does one do that?

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by chipman » April 11th, 2018, 12:27 pm

I used a 15mm open end wrench. It's a real tight fit getting it from the side. (I couldn't fit a socket thru the seat opening on top) It takes a bit of work to get it off. My new seat had a wider opening and was easily able to fit a normal socket thru the seat. As far as the angle? it looks like the base of the seat has a few stepped adjustments for the angle. Once you take the seat bolt out you can adjust. I didn't do it when I changed my saddle.

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by clerkp » April 11th, 2018, 12:53 pm

Thank you.

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by Ombrax » April 20th, 2018, 8:34 pm

chipman wrote:Do yourself a favor and go to a decent bike shop that does computerized fittings. They can fit you up to the correct width seat. You can also talk to them about the length of the seat for the purpose you have intended.
+1 on this.

As a cyclist I can assure you that seat selection is a hugely individual matter. Any given saddle may be nirvana for one person and excruciating pain for another. The only method that is 100% foolproof is to keep trying until you find one that works. There are some short-cuts as Chipman mentioned above, but you have to just keep looking.

Two more comments:

1) "More cushy" in the short run (ie softer, more spongy) is not necessarily better, and is in fact over time almost always worse. You might be surprised by how comfortable a firm saddle can be.

2) It does take some time to get your sit-bone area accustomed to extended periods on a saddle. However, immediate and significant pain is bad and should not be tolerated over any time.

Good Luck

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by chipman » April 23rd, 2018, 12:26 am

I remember the days of Brooks saddles. But that was when men were men!! LOL

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by HeavyBrad » August 31st, 2018, 5:25 pm

I would like to share my experiences so that others can learn from them:

1. First I installed a saddle that would probably be great for a road bike. However, there is a big difference between a road bike where I move around a lot, and a BikeErg where I pretty much sit exactly the same for the entire length of the workout. It was quite painful.

2. My second attempt was a wide relaxed bicycle saddle. No success. It is possible to adjust the saddle angle on the BikeErg, but not in such a way that the rails point downwards towards the nose. This means that saddles where the nose points up when the saddle is placed rails down on the floor will not work. That saddle would probably not be any good for exercise anyways.

3. My third attempt was a nose-less saddle. This was a tricky saddle to adjust because it feels like I sit directly on my skeleton. I used more than an hour on figuring out the correct angle, and it seems to work best when the rails are almost horizontal, which makes the saddle look like it is pointing down.

The original BikeErg saddle is quite comfortable, and worked perfectly for me on intervals. However, it did cause a little numbness on long low-intensity workouts, probably because I have more weight on seat and less on the pedals on low intensity.

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Re: Alternate seat for BikeErg

Post by Ombrax » September 1st, 2018, 5:19 am

HeavyBrad wrote:
August 31st, 2018, 5:25 pm
However, there is a big difference between a road bike where I move around a lot, and a BikeErg where I pretty much sit exactly the same for the entire length of the workout.
Why don't you move around occasionally on the BikeErg too? It's also a good idea to stand up every now and then and do some out-of-the-saddle riding for a bit.

BTW, welcome to the forum. :)

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