Buying a Racing Saddle PU Breathable Soft You need to understand that a bicycle saddle is not a chair or a stool. The saddle only takes up a fraction of the rider's weight. The rest of the load falls on the pedals and steering wheel. The exception is soft, spring-loaded saddles with a short nose. They are found on walking, folding models, or exercise bikes. They are just as comfortable to sit on as a chair (the wide shape provides a straight fit), but they are not designed for sporty riding. Narrow saddle with a long nose and bore for long rides.