Tips from 3500 Miles on the GlideCycle Saddle
- Adapting the fanny to a GlideCycle seat is similar to the process of getting use to bicycle seat discomfort, but on the GlideCycle, we can all be thankful for the missing crotch pressure. Experience will also help you learn to really take charge of the seat position and comfort as small adjustments go along way to improve comfort each time you need it.
- As your posterior muscles get stronger, you will be able to run in a less aggressive position and feel powerful with the pelvic riser tube more vertical instead of in the forward tilted aggressive or hill running position. This is often more comfortable all around. This has been the biggest change I have noticed during running. There have been times on small inclines where I have not had to Shift seat position forward and I never could have done that a year ago.
- Expect days where you jump on the GlideCycle and it just feels more comfortable than usual for the whole run. Then there might be days where you fuss with the seat comfort a little more.
- Shorts with even a small amount of padding in the fanny (seamless cycling baggy shorts or lycra shorts) make a significant difference in comfort.
- Every so often, as on a bicycle seat, it helps to redistribute pressure by sliding up out of the seat a bit and then resettle back down in the seat, which you probably already do. This can be done without even slowing down or stopping once you practice a time or two but can also be done by stopping and letting the seat down a little and then sliding back into it.
- Changes in seat angle/tilt that occur when using straps to adapt to changing terrain really help to temporarily redistribute pressure each time you “shift”. Often, when changing from an incline running surface to less of an incline or flat surface, it helps to tighten the lower front strap a little to move the pelvic riser to to a more vertical vs. aggressive (forward tilt) angle which also flattens the seat position and improves comfort.