|Pad Type||Memory Foam|
|Bike Type||Road Bike|
|Item Package Dimensions L x W x H||11.85 x 6.81 x 4.88 inches|
|Package Weight||0.53 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.49 Kilograms|
|Model Name||Sport Foam PU Saddle|
|Manufacturer||Pacific Cycle, Inc|
|Included Components||Bike Seat|
Schwinn Comfort Bike Seat
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|Pad Type||Memory Foam|
About this item
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- Bike saddle designed for sport and road performance
- Super soft foam throughout entire saddle for maximum comfort
- Soft PU cover material provides weather resistance and comfortable riding
- Lightweight design won’t weigh you down
- Compatible with most adult bikes.
From the manufacturer
Schwinn is the original American bike brand. Over the years, Schwinn has empowered millions of people, earning a special place in the hearts and minds of generations of riders. We have spent over a century building the bicycle industry into what it is today, and we’re not done yet.
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2022
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I'm happy with this Schwinn Pillow Top Cruiser Bicycle Seat, I'm 60 years old, 6'3", and 285 lb. I recently began bike riding for exercise and am riding a 34.5 lb front-fork-suspension mountain bike [Diamondback Response XE] for exercise on mostly asphalt bike trails with slight to moderate grades. I'm currently riding up to 6 miles at a time and would like to get up to at least 20 miles, including gentle dirt trails, and was concerned with how often the original saddle caused me discomfort and rattled me at bumps. My guess -and I'll update this as I progress- is that this cheap seat will rectify the problem just fine.
This seat is relatively small for padded seats, which should be most people's goal because less contact = more comfort [a tip I learned from expert cyclists in the bike trail parking lots]. It's got more cushioning built in than the comes-with-the-bike saddle, and the shock absorbers under the seat make bumps MUCH less painful for me.
With the basic saddle that came with the bike, I found myself standing up on the pedals every 1/2 mile or so to relieve my aching rear end. With this saddle it's more like every 2 1/2 miles, which is much more tolerable and hopefully will become even less frequent as I get into shape. Additionally, when I travel over bumps (curbs, etc.) I no longer feel like I'm being spanked.
The rest of this review is about installing the seat, since it doesn't come with much information about installation. Here's a basic NON-EXPERT outline of how I did it. Note that there are lots of short YouTube videos about how to replace saddles and you should also watch a couple of them if you've never done it before. I watched them and got the assembler at the store in which I bought the bike to give me a quick demonstration before I did it.
If you're not used to installing things like this you should have no problem if you have the tools required, take your time, and work in an area where you won't lose anything small if you drop it. To mount it I removed and stored away the seat post clamp. Most people won't need it because there's a permanent support for a rail clamp at the top of most bike's seat posts. You can tell if you need it simply by checking to see if your current saddle is mounted by such a post clamp. Otherwise it's mounted by a rail clamp. The post clamp has 1/2" nuts on each end: it should be only hand-tightened when you get it and easy to take off if you don't need it. You should use a 1/2" open end, box or socket wrench if you do need it.
I noted with a ruler the height of the top of the existing saddle above the point where the seat post slides out from the seat tube so that I could adjust the new saddle to it after mounting it. I noted the position where the rails of my previous saddle were clamped [this mainly affects the "tilt" of the saddle] and how the pieces of the bike's existing rail clamp were positioned (which side up!). Since my seat post isn't extended out of the seat stem very much, I raised the seat post several inches to allow me to work on it and temporarily tightened the seat post at the high position.
I removed the old seat by removing the bolt that passes through the seat post's clamp-support and rail clamp (it may be possible to simply loosen it) and used that rail clamp to clamp this saddle in the same position. I needed a 6 mm Allen wrench to loosen/tighten the the bolt holding the clamps together. Make sure the rails are resting in the lower clamp's slots and that the upper clamp is centered over it. Note there's usually a washer on the base of the bolt and an oblong nut above the top clamp - don't lose them!
After tightening the seat and with the seat post still temporarily tightened, hold the top (horizontal) tube with one hand and with the other and give the seat a good, semi-violent shake to make sure it holds and that the clamp pieces are properly aligned - otherwise you'll hit a bump and the seat will pop loose.
Loosen the seat post, lower it to desired height, loosely tighten the seat post, then stand at the back of the bike and eyeball the line from the rear tire (or fender if you have one) through the horizontal "top tube." Line the seat up so it's in line with the bike then finish tightening the seat post (which often requires simply flipping a lever!)
Align things attached to the seat post like reflectors and rear racks by eyeballing the rear tire or fender and the now-aligned new seat and centering the reflector, rack, etc. as needed.
Note that I also needed a Phillips screwdriver to loosen/tighten the reflector on the seat stem so I could get to the bolt holding the rail clamps. I splurged on a Topeak Alien II 26-function bike tool so I've got all the needed tools from allen wrenches to screwdrivers to tire levers to chain tools in a compact package.
As others have pointed out there are no shock absorber springs in the back like pictured but I don't find a need for those. Cannot speak for use with a road bike
This seat is comfortable to sit on. Very comfortable. Like an office chair or better. If all we did on bikes was sit, this would be the best seat money can buy. However, we also pedal on bikes, and that creates a bit of a problem. Specifically, as you pedal your legs push down on the front edge of the seat on the downstroke and after a while it hurts. Normal bikes (not the cruiser kind) have the center of the pedals right under the seat. That's fine if your seat is a narrow ridge that is squashing your man parts and your legs are dangling off the sides, but if you are sitting on a nice comfy office chair seat, your legs come out in front. So the situation is not optimal. That's why most other prostate protecting comfort seats look really scary: the pads are out behind the seat post, so the post is precariously positioned between your legs. I haven't really tried them, so I won't comment more on them.
Anyway, if you have a bike with a comparatively upright natural position (high handle bars and the like) and especially if you have a bike that has the pedals out in front of the seat, then you are going to absolutely love this seat. When you just sit in it, there really is no pressure. It's shaped like your backside. It's padded. It's really nice.
But I don't have one of those bikes. I have a trek 4500 mountain bike. So here's how I handled it...
At first I lowered the seat, but it feels funny because your knees go out in front and then bend almost underneath you, putting an undue proportion of the work on your thighs. So I raised it up to normal seat height (about the height of the handlebars). Then we run into the upper leg pain from the front edge of the seat. The manual says to keep the seat level, but what do they know? so I angled the seat forward. Ahhh, very comfortable to pedal. And if I want to just sit and coast, I can sit just a bit farther back, almost on the back edge. Not as comfy as an office chair, but pretty good still. I can sit or pedal on this forever (from a soft tissue point of view). Pain between my legs? Zero. Worries for my future sexual prowess? Zero. I love this seat and this setup. When I see a bump on the road, I don't worry about lifting myself off to prevent nasty shocks being transmitted to my most delicate areas. I just sit down and relax. Shocks are spread throughout your bottom. Ahhhh. Makes me want to invest in a recumbent bike next time.
But is there a downside? Oh yes, having the seat angled forward puts a lot of your weight on your handlebars. Result: a crazy workout for your arms. I don't think I have sufficient arm strength to ride this all day long. I never really ride more than my 5 mile commute anyway, so I don't mind a bit. In fact, it's kind of nice. Now riding my bike gives me wicked triceps as well as amazing leg muscles.
So what I'm saying here is, you need to adjust adjust adjust this seat until it's right. Try crazy positions. You might end up very happy like me. Or maybe not.
There's some talk here about trouble controlling the bike. I haven't noticed any significant changes from a horned seat. I guess I wasn't using the horn between my legs much for control. I tend to keep my hands on the handlebars. One time I do notice things a little funny is when I get up to pedal hard for some reason. That's fine, but then when I go to sit back down, my backside has to feel around quite a bit more before I find the seat than it did when I used horned seats. It's not a big deal. Certainly it won't make me want to trade this seat in for anything else.
What would I tell the schwinn people if I was giving them feedback? Well, they should probably address the issue of the seat positioning the rider too far forward on the bike. I wouldn't go to an extreme and start changing fundamentals, but they could have the little bars under the seat that attach to the post come forward just a bit more than they do. That would probably open up this seat to a lot of people. Other than that the design is pretty great.
This seat has eliminated all my backside and between-the-legs pain, which was seriously hindering my enjoyment of cycling. Forget all those people saying you should wear special biking shorts (yeah right), get your seat professionally microfit (doesn't help), or just wait out the pain. This seat takes some adjustment and a bit of getting used to, but I would never go back. In fact, without this seat I won't cycle.
One other small peeve: there is a velvety fake suede surface to this seat. It's fine (in fact it kind of grips your backside) except when you leave your bike in the rain or snow...it holds water and snow more than the usual fake leather stuff.
======== Update November 2012 =====================
I've been using this saddle for several years now and I have finally become annoyed enough with its shortcomings to replace it. Specifically, at normal angles, if you ride for a while, the front edge of the seat digs in to the back of your legs and it's uncomfortable. You can angle it up higher but then it doesn't support much of your weight and you are constantly sliding off. Not to mention, the bars underneath don't come very far forward, so the seat is always a little too far forward on my bike (it would be better if my frame was bigger).
I bought the Hobson Easyseat dual pad bicycle seat to replace it and it is much, much better for the following reasons:
* The two seat pads rotate somewhat as your legs move, so they can support you all through the stroke.
* They do an even better job of keeping pressure off your junk than this seat does.
* The surface does not absorb water, has higher friction (so you don't slide off) and overall has a better build quality.
It's a bit heavier and a little bit more expensive than this saddle, but I would definitely suggest using the Hobeson instead of this one unless you have a very upright-style bike with pedals out in front of you and a very upright posture.
TL;DR version: Get the Hobeson Easyseat instead.
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I bought a bike for necessity as I got a new job that was further from my house and as I can't afford to keep a car my only option was to get a bike.
So I started to ride about 2 miles to go and 2 miles to come back everyday and after a couple of weeks I really started to have pain in my groin area, like serious pain and I even started to get some piles growing from my butt! (which luckily went away after using this seat).
So I started to look for some alternatives and I came across this! It literally saved me. I can't believe is almost the only alternative of noseless seat on the market!
So when you install it on your bike the first thing you notice is that does change your posture on the bike: you feel like the pedals are right underneath your seat and lots of the weight is transferred to your arms so for a moment you may find yourself thinking it's an uncomfortable way to ride but let me tell you that you just need a few rides and you will get used to. It may take a bit longer to strengthen your arms and get used to the new weight that goes to them but I can tell you is absolutely worth it as when you sit you feel like sitting on a normal chair; you feel like sitting the way it's supposed to be! Don't even fear holes and other irregularities on the road because the way you're sitting is the natural way and your cheeks will amortize the impacts.
So if you're one of those person that find impossible to ride a bike because they experience pain in their groin area but you still really need to use a bike this seat is absolutely perfect!
The only small issue I encountered was in the installation. There were no instructions on how to install it. I live in uk and maybe in america the bike attachment are slightly different. I found myself having to remove a piece on the attachment that I didn't understand the use but at the end with a bit of difficulty I was able to attach it to my bike.
Overall for me this seat is gold because without I would not be able to ride a bike.
This is the best bike seat ever made for me; ZERO numbness, ZERO soreness once set up properly (for me that is).
I read Leonard V's review and was impressed by his photo of seat position and took a gamble and bought it. He is totally right, if mounted farther back as his photo shows, it's a perfect fit. I really can't say enough good about this seat. I too am bigger (won't say how big) and this seat is fantastic.
I'm looking forward to lots of riding once the weather improves but until then I'll ride my bike on my trainer with this seat and enjoy the time riding and waiting for spring.