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Bike frame size and saddle width

Old 07-05-22, 06:04 PM
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Bike frame size and saddle width

We just got a 52cm Domane for my daughter, and she immediately took off the saddle and put her favorite one on.

The one it came with actually seems like a reasonable saddle -- they sell it for $100, so I presume it isn't like the plastic temporary pedals some bikes have.

The other thing I noticed is that the smaller-framed bikes have a wider saddle than the larger-framed bikes.

I'm completely at a loss for why they would do this.
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The one it came with actually seems like a reasonable saddle -- they sell it for $100, so I presume it isn't like the plastic temporary pedals some bikes have.
I can't make sense of this. Or is pedals suppose to be saddles?

The other thing I noticed is that the smaller-framed bikes have a wider saddle than the larger-framed bikes.
Maybe they figure more of the smaller frame bikes will be bought and ridden by women. I believe that the women typically have wider sit bones. Whether that's true or not I don't know. But even within that group, I'm sure there are those that don't need wider saddles.
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
I can't make sense of this. Or is pedals suppose to be saddles?
The analogy was "throw-away saddles" being take-off items similar to how "throw-away pedals" are take-off items.

The saddle this bike came with retails for $100, so I am inferring it isn't supposed to be, by necessity, a take-off or "throw-away" item.


Maybe they figure more of the smaller frame bikes will be bought and ridden by women. I believe that the women typically have wider sit bones. Whether that's true or not I don't know. But even within that group, I'm sure there are those that don't need wider saddles.
OK, that makes sense.

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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark View Post
The analogy was "throw-away saddles" being take-off items similar to how "throw-away pedals" are take-off items.

The saddle this bike came with retails for $100, so I am inferring it isn't supposed to be, by necessity, a take-off or "throw-away" item.
Oh, well now it makes since, but certainly I'd have needed the explanation no matter how your write that. <grin>

Saddles and wheels tend to be at the appropriate tier level for the bike and it's groupset of other components. Pedals I've never gotten with any bike that was considered a real road bike. I did get pedals with the wanna-be a road or looks-like-a-lightweight-race bike models of Schwinn and Western Auto bikes I use to get.
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