Everyone worries about the saddle on a bicycle. It is the sore spot for many! But finding the right saddle is not always simple.
Just simply putting a tractor saddle on a bike doesnt make it comfortable. There is a trade off on wide versus supportive. If a saddle becomes too wide, as you pedal, the back of your thighs push you forward off the seat.
Also, soft sounds great. But, if it is too soft, it will wrinkle. Wrinkles will create pressure points. The same way that loose clothing can be an issue.
We feel the best cruiser seat is from a company called GrandStar, a maker in Taiwan. We equip this saddle on every Soul Beach Cruiser we make! It features two layers of dense foam, and a quilted top which give a soft feel, but does not distort.
We use a rubber spring in our seat as well. Springs start to make noise after a while, rubber is nice and quiet! This combination of foam, quilting and rubber springs give comfortable support where it is needed.
Adjustment is always necessary. Generally, you start with the saddle level to the ground. You can take a straight edge or level, and ensure that the nose and the tail are even. If the rear springs settle too much, pointing the nose up, then readjust the saddle to have a 1/4″ nose down angle. Having the saddle relatively flat like this prevents you from sliding forward or backwards excessively.