This is a problem primarily experienced by women as the female tailbone is more flexible and commonly also more sensitive than the male tailbone. When in a very upright position, the tailbone can be very close to the saddle. In combination with a too soft or too narrow saddle this can lead to discomfort and pain.
The pelvis is held together by ligaments. When there is tension in the pelvis, these ligaments can excert a high strain to the tailbone
Causes of tailbone pressure
Too narrow saddle
When in a very upright position, the tailbone can be very close to the saddle. In combination with a too soft or too narrow saddle this can lead to discomfort and pain.
A SQlab steppe saddle is recommended to avoid a painful coccyx, especially in women. The SQlab saddle in the correct saddle width provides the sit bones with the perfect support so that the tailbone does not come in contact with the saddle.
Too soft saddle
Cause - too soft saddle
leads to sinking sit bones
SQlab saddle models in different saddle firmnesses adapted to riding duration and area of use
A too soft saddle usually becomes very uncomfortable after approx. 30 – 45 minutes on the bike.
The sit bones sink in so far, that sensitive soft tissue such as muscle and tendons are aggravated. After approx. 30 – 40 minutes a dull deep pressing pain sets in.
The sinking in of the sit bones also causes the perineal area in men and the lower positioned pubic bone arch in women to be subjected to higher pressure. Specifically, soft padding will effectively stop the blood flow. It is rare that the padding is so soft that the saddle shell causes the discomfort.
Soft saddles are generally only suitable for short distances!