About the Different Types of Exercise Bike Seats

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Exercise bike seats range from the basic to the complex, depending on the manufacturer. Companies make a wide range of seats that screw onto an exercise bike to replace the uncomfortable seat that comes standard. This wide range of options guarantee that anyone, regardless of his body type, can find a comfortable ride.


The first exercise bikes released had a hard seat that was uncomfortable for riders, in part because there was very little padding. Later editions focused on using the same type of seat found on traditional bikes. As women became interested in exercise, changes were once again made to accommodate a female body. Changes in technology since the 1980s has led to revolutionary bike seats. These seats bend and flex with the body and can accommodate anyone, regardless of her size or shape.


The air seat is a bike seat that looks like a regular bike seat. It has a spot on the back where the buttocks rest and a coned piece in the front to hold the body. The contour seat is larger and has more padding to accommodate larger body frames. There's also the horseshoe seat and the moon seat. The moon seat only provides a spot for the buttocks to rest, while the horseshoe seat has significantly more padding. Yet another type of exercise bike seat is the Easy Seat, which bends and flexes as the body moves.


The proper exercise bike seat allows the rider to feel comfortable while exercising. Instead of feeling something prodding his backside, he can relax and enjoy the ride. Individuals have also found that having a better seat allows them to workout for extended periods of time. This leads to faster weight loss, improved self-esteem and a better body image. Those who learn more about the different types of exercise bicycle seats can make an informed choice and pick the one that will benefit her the most.


The size of a typical or traditional exercise bike seat is 8 inches: 8 inches from the front to the back and from side to side. This size fits the average body but not those with a larger or smaller frame. There are companies now selling seats lowered to 7 inches and raised to 12 inches to accommodate different-sized bodies. In addition, speciality seats such as the contour style are up to 16 inches from side to side and front to back.


The best way to identify the different types of exercise bike seats is to examine the facts carefully and try out several seats. Even exercise bikes from the same manufacturer typically range in size and comfort, depending on the price. Individuals should visit a store that sells exercise bikes and experiment on several different seats to find the right one for their bodies. There are also many more bike seats available from independent or alternative sellers that easily fit onto a bike.

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