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05-01-07, 07:43 AM
Hello, I've been flipping through the topics on this board and they look pretty interesting and potantially useful! I'm starting up riding again after a summer off (had an accident last summer that kept me out of riding). I tend to go for low-impact rides locally on side roads, maybe for an a hour or so. I use a road bike with mountain tires that was assembled from a kit.
I initially came here to find advice about getting a new saddle, but it seems I'll need to form my own opinion. Has anyone been able to buy a saddle locally and return it for another one until you find the right saddle?
05-01-07, 07:52 AM
Hello Neil, yes, saddles are highly individual :D .
Good luck in getting one that fits you properly--it'll happen eventually. In the meantime, there are many Jerseyites here on the board, so stop by the regional forums and say hello!
Welcome to BF!
Has anyone been able to buy a saddle locally and return it for another one until you find the right saddle?
Some shops will allow a trial period. I found one that does, but I have a good relationship with them, and I'm not sure if this is typical.
05-01-07, 08:18 AM
Welcome to BikeForums and hope you enjoy your time here!
~ Blue Jays ~
05-03-07, 08:14 AM
Thanks! Just bring my bike into the shop yesterday and found a saddle that seemed decent. I'll know more when I try it installed after pick9ing up the bike (getting a tuneup). Thanks for the kind words.
05-03-07, 08:22 AM
Give it some miles (around 50 or so), and about a week just in case, but I know at least one saddle I've gotten was perfect right away, and I knew it.
05-05-07, 01:33 AM
Thanks for the kind words! The new saddle feels pretty good, but yeah, I'm gonna give it a week or so to see how I like it. The only problem is that it turns a little from side to side, but that's an installation issue, not the seat itself.
Since I didn't buy this bike (my Dad won it in a contest, true story) I'm not exactly sure what kind of bike this is. The frame says "BCA USA", "Glacier18", and I just notices that near the bottom it also says "Shimano ride light". Did some searching and found the company's website (http://www.glacierbikes.com/).
The bike shop guy told me it's a very nice mountain bike (I wasn;t sure if it was a mountain boke or a road bike with mountain tires), and he seemed pretty on the level. But the welding seems a little sloppy.
(That's my wife's bike in the background. I'm trying to convince her to ride more!)
Next step is installing the reflectors I have and getting some sort of saddlebag.
Urr. Looking at the pics, I need to clean it off!
05-05-07, 02:12 AM
Not familiar with that brand of bicycle, so I'll have to let others chime-in to help. Secondly, don't bother installing the reflectors. Plastic relectors are a waste of weight and they only do a mediocre job. There are MUCH better ways to ride safe and make you noticeable out on the streets. Superior methods are lightweight, battery-powered LED blinkies and reflective tape. Keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up! :)
~ Blue Jays ~
05-05-07, 02:41 AM
Plastic relectors are a waste of weight and they only do a mediocre job.
~ Blue Jays ~
I already have reflectors (just found them), so I'll use them until I can get something better. I'll look into reflective tape, though.
Edit: I emailed the company to ask if this is one of their bikes.
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