So you’ve got a new bike; now what? Or maybe it’s your current bike, and that’s great, too! Whether you’re riding that bike for sport, for fun, or necessity, did you know there are so many ways to improve upon that experience? In the bike biz, they call them “touch points”; literally, they’re the spots where you actually make contact with the bike. Most are pretty obvious; like saddles, grips and tape, of course. Even a small change at these places where you interact with the bike can make a big difference in how every ride feels.
One of the biggies, of course, is your saddle. Think about it: the bulk of your body weight is suspended over your bike on a pair of rails and so on that weigh little more than a paperback book, in some cases. (Unless all your books are on the cloud!) But even the lightest, most expensive saddles are worthless to you if they don’t fit right. Recommendations from friends and riding partners are great, but brands and models vary. It’s how they’ll fit you that matters most. Ask one of the crew at Bicycle Sport about how to fit a saddle to your sit bones, and your riding style and needs. You’ll likely have plenty of options. We’ll install test models of the finalists on your bike to make the decision even easier.
Along with your professionally-fit saddle, your behind’s best friend is a good – or even great pair – of cycling shorts or bibs. And with all honesty, this is not a place to compromise or guess. Sizing varies, depending upon the brand, particularly with European labels. And within brands there may be dramatic differences or even the slightest subtleties in materials, chamois design or thickness, etc., that make one a particularly better option for you. Odds are, we’ve tested these same shorts or bibs on the roads and trails (and the weather) where you ride. Catalog descriptions or online reviews can only get you so far. You’ll want to try them on for fit and feel. Can’t do that on the internet – yet another reason to shop local.
Teamwork makes the dream work, so the saying goes. Your saddle and chamois tandem can put you on the road to a better, more comfortable, on-the-bike experience. Bicycle Sport is, of course, the place to start!