The Leather Bike Saddle
In the fast-moving world, every year some revolutionary saddle designs are introduced and these stylish saddles become popular among cycling communities and riders of different disciplines.
Still, there is one technology that served the best for ages and hasn’t changed substantially since 1880- The Hammock style, Tensioned leather saddles
Similar to a good pair of leather shoes, Leather saddles get softer with use and gradually moulds itself to fit a particular person’s anatomical shape.
Relieve The Uneven Pressure –
While peddling whatever part of your body rear end pushes hardest on the saddle causes the corresponding part of the saddle to get softer and stretches to relieve the uneven pressure.
Best For Long Rides –
Once you break in, leather saddle are particularly good for long rides, unlike plastic/syntactic saddles , Leather saddles use no insulating foam for softness, Leather is a breathable material that makes them cooler and allows perspiration to evaporate through the saddle, so they are less likely to cause chafing and saddle sores
The Bag loops –
The saddle comes with two bag loops in the rear to fix touring bag/ or any small pouch bag easily.
The tension adjusting Nut and leash on side flaps:-
The leash should be loose till the saddle breaks in, if the leader saddle gets too soft after several thousand km, you can tight the leash to get the required hardness. Tension adjustment nut is the last thing to touch. With a little twist of tension nut on clockwise direction you can see the drastic difference in hardness so only if required do it cautiously.
People who can’t do routine maintenance, should avoid as leather saddles need utmost care.
Leather saddles are Not for Everyone:-
Leather bike saddles are best choice for serious cyclist, recreational sports riders and over whelming choice for the long distance tourist.
But not recommended for those who ride a lot in rain, as excessive wetness is bad for leather.
- One definitely need to break in – new leather saddles are hard and rigid, it takes several hundred km to break one in. Regular ride and maintenance is required to fasten up the process of breaking in.
- There are colourless oils for leather are available in market, one should use such leather oil on both the side of saddle and massage on top, particularly to the area of seat bones, you can use good amount of oil for initial few weeks and wipe the excessive oil off with a cotton cloth or paper towel.
- Once the saddles gets soft and comfortable, still one has to oil it lightly every few weeks to prevent it from drying.
- With Regular maintenance the leather saddle will outshine bike, remain comfortable and last longer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Answer : The Ashwa Pro Leather Saddle is designed for exceptional comfort, making it a perfect match for most modern city bikes, hybrid bikes, and touring bikes. Riders seeking a comfortable, upright riding posture will find this saddle ideal. However, for those immersed in the world of hardcore road racing and mountain biking, where an aerodynamic riding posture often surpasses 90 degrees, the Ashwa Pro Leather Saddle may not be the most suitable choice. In such cases, a different saddle design tailored to the unique posture and riding style of those disciplines is recommended. At Ashwa Pro, we’re dedicated to providing you with comfortable, long-distance riding solutions.
Answer: Saddle sores can be an uncomfortable challenge for many riders, and we understand their impact. While a good and comfortable saddle isn’t the sole factor contributing to comfort, it plays a significant role. The Ashwa Pro Leather Saddle is designed to prioritize rider comfort, offering support and reducing pressure points, which can help minimize the risk of saddle sores. However, it’s essential to recognize that saddle comfort is influenced by various factors, including saddle position, bike fit, riding attire, and personal hygiene. Selecting the right saddle, such as the Ashwa Pro Leather Saddle, is a crucial step toward preventing saddle sores and enhancing your overall cycling experience. Ride in comfort and style with Ashwa Pro!
Answer: The break-in period for the Ashwa Pro Leather Saddle varies from rider to rider. It’s influenced by individual shape, size, weight, riding frequency, duration, weather conditions, and post-ride maintenance. Riding style and body posture also play a part. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, most regular riders experience full break-in within a few weeks or after covering approximately 500-700 kilometers. During this time, the saddle gradually adapts to your body’s contours and riding style, becoming increasingly comfortable. Ashwa Pro encourages you to embrace this journey. The more you ride, the quicker your saddle will break in, delivering the comfort and support you desire. Saddle perfection awaits you!
Answer: Proper maintenance is vital for the longevity and performance of your Ashwa Pro Leather Saddle. Follow these steps to keep your saddle in prime condition:
- Leather Dressing: Periodically apply Ashwa Pro Leather Dressing to the underside of your saddle to keep the leather supple and protected.
- Oil Application: For the initial few weeks before your saddle fully breaks in, we recommend using leather-specific oils. Alternatively, you can apply regular mustard or groundnut oil to a rough surface like a sponge or cloth. When applied under the saddle, the leather absorbs the oil, facilitating a quicker break-in process. These basic maintenance steps ensure a comfortable and long-lasting cycling experience with your Ashwa Pro Leather Saddle. Ride in style and keep your saddle looking great!
Answer: Over time and with use, the leather on your Ashwa Pro Leather Saddle naturally stretches, reducing tension. Without intervention, it can lead to sagging, discomfort, and potential damage to the saddle and frame. It’s crucial to inspect your saddle every six months for signs of stretching:
- Deep sagging of the leather when viewed from the side.
- Perceivable slackness in the saddle assembly when pressing down on the rear leather. Flex should not exceed 5-6 mm. To adjust the tension:
- Begin from the front of the saddle.
- Use the tensioning spanner.
Make a ¼ or ½ clockwise turn on the tension pin nut (90° or 180°). Ensure only the nut turns, not the pin. Avoid adjusting a wet saddle. Due to natural leather variances, we can’t provide an exact adjustment recommendation. However, don’t overlook tension adjustments, as neglect may void warranty and extended guarantee claims. Your comfort and saddle longevity are our priorities at Ashwa Pro. Regular inspections and proper tension adjustments ensure a comfortable and supportive riding experience.
Answer: Unridden Ashwa Pro Leather Saddles can be returned if defective. Please refer to our detailed return policy for more information. Ride in comfort and confidence with Ashwa Pro!
Answer: Our leather saddles are so comfortable that you can bid farewell to padded shorts, even during extended rides. The saddle’s ergonomic and hammock design provides ample cushioning.
Answer: If you’re a daily city cyclist, recreational rider, or a long-distance tourist, ashwapro leather saddle is an excellent choice. However, it may not be ideal for those who race and who frequently ride in the rain.
Answer: The comfort of a bike saddle can be highly subjective, as it depends on individual preferences and anatomy. That said, some of the most comfortable bike saddles tend to have ergonomic shapes, generous padding, and pressure-relief channels. While certain reputable brands are known for producing comfortable saddles, it’s important to note that what’s most comfortable for one person may not be the same for another.
However, one material that stands out for its comfort is leather. Leather saddles have the unique ability to gradually conform to the anatomical shape of your sit bones, creating a custom fit that feels exceptionally comfortable. This quality makes them an excellent choice for those engaged in recreational cycling, long-distance touring, or city cycling, seeking a comfortable and personalized riding experience.
Answer: The ideal MTB saddle for a heavy rider can vary based on personal preferences and body shape. However, several key factors should be considered when choosing a comfortable saddle. Look for MTB saddles that offer extra width and robust support to accommodate heavier riders. Some saddle brands provide models with reinforced rails and additional cushioning to enhance overall comfort. Among the suitable options, the Ashwa Pro leather saddle stands out for its wider design, making it a good choice for heavy riders. It’s important for heavy riders to find a saddle that allows them to sit in the center part, neither too far forward nor too far backward, to achieve the most comfortable riding experience.