Here is the general rule. The further and faster you plan to ride your bike, the harder and narrower you would like the saddle to be. You should know that the saddles on many racy road bikes are often hard and narrow. This is because:
- You are expected to and should wear high-quality padded Lycra bike shorts while riding these bikes
- Your hands and feet will carry more of your body weight due to the riding position as well as pedaling effort involved
On the other hand, an upright roadster benefits considerably from a wider saddle that is either softer or sprung, as that is where the weight goes. This is why you can comfortably and easily ride a roadster in jeans.
Here is another thing you should consider. Many newer bike riders tend to set their seat a bit too low. This is because they are more comfortable and at ease standing with 2 feet on the ground. However, keep in mind that to enhance your cycling comfort and bike performance, it is best to set up your electric bike for pedaling.
Do you have sharp knee pain, especially at the front of the knee? If yes, your saddle might be too far forward or too low. In contrast, pain in your hamstring or at the back of the knee can mean that your bike saddle is too high.
Always remember that a comfortable bike saddle has to properly support your sitting bones. These are the small bony protuberances or swelling at the bottom of the pelvis. And these bones are wider in women compared to men. This also means that comfortable electric bike saddles for men will be quite different from comfortable saddles for women.
You should know that many cyclists usually try several different bike saddles at different angles. The good news is that when you find the saddle that works for you, it will definitely transform your e-bike ride.
Note that some bikes come with a useful feature, and it allows bikers to easily move the saddle backward or forward and adjust its angle. You should adjust your saddle, so your legs push vertically down on your pedals. And if you would like to slide backward or forward as you ride, simply adjust the bike saddle to suit.