Women should think very carefully about choosing the right saddle for them when riding their bicycle. An uncomfortable saddle can make a long bike ride agony. A lot of women make do with the saddle which comes with the cycle. This does not necessarily have to be the case.
Foam padded saddles appear very comfy at first. After a while, the woman may have to constantly stand up in order to relieve pressure and are therefore not suitable for long journeys.
There are so many different types of womens bike saddle to choose from. A long road journey involves leaning forward in an aerodynamic position, meaning putting pressure on the nose of the saddle. Off road cycling is often more aggressive and the rider sits in a more upright position, using the bones of the seat. Saddles differ in width in order to suit women of all sizes. Racers tend to choose minimalist saddles in order to save weight.
Selle Italia is one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to a womens bike saddle. A Selle Italia ladies saddle comes in a variety of colours and differing shapes and length of nose. The Selle Italia gel flow ladies saddle is a performance saddle, meaning that it is narrower than models which have been designed for short ride comfort. The emphasis here is on the rider to put their weight on their hands and feet, merely using the saddle as support.
When choosing a ladies bike saddle, do not rely solely on someone else's recommendation. Some shops have a "try before you buy" offer. It is a good idea to take up this offer where possible.