I have had a little experience with spin bikes and spinning classes. So, here is my take on the best way to reduce the pain of sitting on your spin bike seat (especially if you are like me and sit for long periods of time). But before I talk about the actual solution I came up with, let me give you background information about spin bikes.
Spin bikes come in two basic flavors: upright and recumbent (sometimes called semi-recumbent). The upright style requires that you pedal facing forward (like an odometer) while the recumbent style has you facing toward the back (a bit like a regular bicycle except that it sits low to the ground).
Top 5 Best Spin Bike Seat Cushion
1. SBR Neoprene Seat Cushion
This is by far the best of the spin bike seat cushions on my list because it offers two different thicknesses that you can use depending on your preference. It also has a simple strap that attaches to the handlebar, which makes installation extremely easy. Like most spin bike seat cushions, all you have to do is cut off the excess strap and you’re ready to go (although some people like to keep it attached in case they need to make adjustments).
2 . Spinning Seat Cover By Vaunn Classic version of this popular spin bike seat cushion – it’s cheap but gets the job done!
The Spinning Seat Cover by Vaunn is a great solution for those that want the comfort of a spin bike seat cushion, but don’t have a lot to spend. This one is available in several colors and can be used on both recumbent and upright bikes.
3 . Butt Buster Exercise Bike Seat Cushion By Vive
This classic butt buster exercise bike seat cushion will have you spinning your way to good times! Another classic – the Butt Buster Exercise Bike Seat Cushion will prove that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
This one is slightly different than the first two because not only does this cushion come with an anti-slip grip gel pad (to prevent your seat from spinning), but it also comes with a heavy-duty anti-slip buckle strap to further ensure that your spin bike seat cushion stays in place.
4 . Exercise Bike Seat Cushion By Vive
If you need a simple solution to relieve pain from prolonged exercise, this cheap and cheerful solution will leave you smiling!
This one is very similar to the previous model with the only difference being the gel pad (this one has a memory foam pad). So if your butt needs more support than just an anti-slip grip pad can provide, give this one a try – it’ll be sure not to disappoint.
5 . Butt Buster Exercise Bike Seat Cushion With 2 Thick Pads
This thick version of their classic Butt Buster Bike Seat Cushions adds a whole new level of comfort. If the first Butt Buster cushion wasn’t thick enough for you, then try this one on for size!
This is another spin bike seat cushion that has two different thicknesses – the smaller pad is more suited for shorter riders, while the larger pad is perfect for those who are taller. There’s also a gel memory foam pad to provide extra support and comfort if needed.
As I mentioned earlier, I have had some experience with these types of bikes/cushions so my advice would be… don’t bother spending too much money on expensive cushions because chances are they’ll just break or fade after a few weeks (I have tested this). So either go cheap or go home, they’re all pretty much the same.
Both types of bikes have “moving” seats with hydraulic pistons that will adjust the seat’s height, but it is rare to find actual moving handlebars. When you use a spin bike for spinning classes, the instructor will typically tell you to put your hands in a certain position and stay there for the majority of the class. There is usually no need to move them (or even grip them) until near the end when you are feeling extremely fatigued and your form starts breaking down. You can always take hold of the stationary handles if needed though (e.g., when climbing hills).
Spin Bike vs Manual Bike Seat Cushion
I do not own a spin bike anymore; however, I do own a regular exercise bike with a moving seat (although it does not move back and forth like on a spin bike). The problem that I have with this stationary exercise bike is that the handlebars are adjustable. As often happens, I try to find an ergonomic position where my hands won’t go numb while I am riding for over an hour. Unfortunately, there isn’t one; at least not without adding yet another accessory (i.e., some sort of arm rest or grip attachment).
I’ve used a few of these bike seat cushions before and they did make for a more comfortable sitting position. However, I am not sure which cushions you are actually considering; therefore, it is difficult to say which type would be best (or if any of them would work at all).
There are several factors that go into picking out the right saddle (such as: shape, size & build material) and unless your exercise bike’s seat corresponds with that of the one listed in this article then it might prove useless. When you get down to it though… they’re just an accessory so you should give one a try and see how it goes! The worst case scenario is that sometime soon you’ll have to stop exercising due to a sore butt and it’ll be your fault for not trying to buy a seat cushion.
Manual bike seats are not adjustable like the spin bike’s. On an upright or recumbent bicycle, most of them have a fixed height and width that does not move. There will be some older models that have a spring-loaded hinge on one side to adjust the tension of the seat against your body, but it is still not as smooth as a hydraulic piston designed specifically for the purpose of rider comfort.
The cushions you’ll see being used with exercise bikes are usually thicker than those sold for road bikes because they need to provide more cushioning to compensate for harder surfaces. It is common for riders to feel discomfort after an hour has passed which generally turns out to be a problem with ergonom (or using an inappropriate tool for the job).
Things to consider before buying Best Spin Bike Seat Cushion
1. The size of the cushion.
2. The material composition of the cushion.
3. Whether or not you want a cover for your spin bike seat cushion (cover should be washable).
4. How much time you plan on spending on your spin bike (and how much comfort you need during that time).
5. Whether or not the spin bike has an adjustable seat and handlebars which can effect whether or not this type of cushion will work with it, and if so to what degree (e.g., height, distance from seat).
6. Your budget for buying Best Spin Bike Seat Cushion . No one wants to spend $100s for a saddle that they’re only to get rid of in 3 months.
Manual exercise bike seats are usually smaller and less expensive than their spin bike counterparts because there’s no hydraulics involved in changing the seat’s height and/or width (it simply moves along with you as you pedal). Depending on how it is designed, sometimes the only way to get more comfortable while riding for extended periods of time is to add a cushion to your seat.
FAQ’s for Best Spin Bike Seat Cushion
Ques. How do I select the right cushion for me?
Ans. It should be thicker than what you would probably use on a road bike to compensate for how hard an exercise bike seat can be. The cover should also be easy to keep clean, otherwise it might get stinky after months of riding.
Ques. What are some things that I should think about before buying?
Ans. How much time you plan on spending on your spin bike, and how much comfort you need during that time! Do you have an adjustable seat and handlebars? If so, does this type of cushion work with it, and to what degree (e.g., height)? Your budget! No one wants to spend $100s for a saddle that they’re only to get rid of in 3 months.
Ques. What are the most popular types of spin bike seat cushions?
Ans. There is a wide variety, but they can be categorized into two major groups: gel and air cushioning. Air cushions tend to be the cheaper option while gel cushions are more expensive but cover a larger area which make them feel better for your butt while pedaling. However, different people prefer to have different experiences with seats so it is not guaranteed that you will like one over another.
Ques. How much should I spend on a manual exercise bike seat cushion?
Ans. They vary from $30s to $100s depending on where you buy from and what brand name/material that you choose! On average, though, expect to pay somewhere around $50s to $80s.
Ques. How long should an exercise bike seat cushion last?
Ans. It all depends on the brand, materials, and how well it has been taken care of! Some can even last up to a year while others might not take more than 2 months before you have to buy another one. Generally speaking, though, expect yours to survive at least 6 months to 1 year depending on how much you are riding your spin bike each day! The heavier the user is or the longer they ride their spin bike per day/week then the shorter lifespan that the seat will have for them under normal wear conditions.