Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NorCal - bay area
Bikes: giant, trek, peugeots, friday
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Such a service would be useful to me. Not sure how much I'd pay, but after all the trial and error on my recently purchased road bike, it sounds like a good idea.
I tried 6 saddles if I remember right, before finding the surprisingly affordable Forte Pro RS1 ($39 on sale!). I thought I had found the perfect saddle at one point, and bought four WTB Power V's for various bikes. I'm in the process of replacing half of them with something more comfortable, a Forte Contour.
Btw, found a great bar for my Trek touring bike recently, a On One Midge. Picked the wrong bar (an upright) for my other Trek however, and even had to buy brake levers to try it out. Even a "standard" road bar has more than just width to consider, which was all the salesman asked me about when I replaced my first one. I've discovered reach and drop to be as important to fit. And for me, the Midge is comfortable because of its unusually small reach and drop, plus and radical flair in the drops.
I think you could add pedals to your list. Bought and sold many pairs and styles of spds, and have finally given up on them. Also bought an expensive pair of Ultegras (PD-6620-G), and sold them at a loss. Have tried/owned Time and Look as well.