Indoor Cycling Fitness

Unique Characteristics Of An Indoor Cycling Saddle

Indoor Cycling Fitness - Comfortable Bike Seat
Indoor Training with a Comfortable Bike Seat

Indoor Training with a Comfortable Bike Seat

For the past four years I’ve been cycling 8-16 hours a week on a hard tail mountain bike with a PRS Alpha saddle.  Whether I’m cranking the time trial up Mt. Herman, crushing our 60 mile dirt road loop thru Pike Natural forest or flying down some single track, I’ve loved this saddle.

But during the worst part of our Colorado winter, I do more hiking and cross-country skiing, and ride the bike down in the basement for 3-6 hours a week on the trainer. When I move downstairs, I’ve noticed how my love for the PRS Alpha seems to fade. Invariably, I end up switching to another Koobi saddle. (Okay, so I work here and we call it R & D.) But the need for that annual switch made me consider the unique characteristics of indoor cycling.

  1. Indoor cycling is more stationary than riding outdoors, especially on a mountain bike.  
  2. The steady pressure of sitting in the same spot means that the PRS Alpha is not the ideal choice.
  3. Most cyclists will ride at a much lower volume (time/distance) when indoors.
  4. Most cyclists experience more perspiration indoors (due to the lack of evaporation of riding outside in the wind).
  5. Since the indoor bike is not on the road or trail, there’s no need for a saddle built to absorb the bumps.
  6. Since the bike is not moving, the weight of the saddle is irrelevant.

With these unique characteristics in mind Koobi set out to create a saddle that better meets the needs of this cycling application. These two Koobi Saddles meet these critieria since they perfectly fit the unique characteristics of indoor cycling

Koobi TRI with FeC rail
Koobi TRI-Stratus with FeC rail

  1. The softer foam, gel and highly flexible Lycra cover combine for a plusher cushion between the saddle base and contact points.
  2. The negative attributes of soft foam are negated because of the lower number of hours in the saddle. I’m usually anti-soft foam, but for the indoor, lower volume rides of winter, it works. (see Koobi article titled “Elements of Comfort - Bicycle Saddle Foam”).
  3. The heavy Lycra cover on these two saddles can handle the extra sweat. After all, swim suits are made of Lycra. An expensive leather saddle will wear out prematurely from the extra moisture and salt.
  4. These two saddles don’t have our state-of-the-art PRS Tunable suspension. It’s not really necessary for basement rides and makes these saddles more affordable.
  5. These two saddles are built on our highly durable but very low cost FeC rail. Indoors, there’s no need for an expensive light weight of the Ti Rail.

While riding the trainer or rollers will never be as much fun as cycling outdoors, we all know it pays off come spring. The Koobi TRI Gel with Fe C rail & the Koobi TRI Stratus with FeC rail will make your indoor cycling experience more comfortable, while you count the days until spring.

By: Phil Schweizer, Koobi Founder and Owner