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Old 03-08-21, 09:16 AM
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New to biking

Hello all!

I have just bought a mountain bike to commute to work, ( Carrera Kraken ) idk if bike I've ordered is any good
I was wondering recommendations on bike locks and also a new bike saddle, I'm a 20 stone guy so something that's not gonna be uncomfortable as the stock seat probably will be.

Also I went for a medium size frame because I got short legs, it's completely different to what the size guide on Halfords suggested, is it a big deal?

Anyother advice would be welcomed!

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Welcome! I'm assuming you're in the UK so unfortunately I don't have any suggestions other than the saddle. If you can afford it, look into Charge saddles. They're from over there.
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Saddles are very personal, but I've always had excellent service from WTB, even their lowest priced models. There probably are a plethora of YouTube videos on how to adjust your seat height, but for getting pretty close, put your heels on the pedals and pedal backwards (you need to be stationary with your bike propped against a wall or moving along to do this); when your knee is straight at the bottom of the pedal stroke (actually when it's parallel with the seat tube, but bottom of stroke is close enough), the seat height is fine. Then, you need to adjust the bar/stem combination until it's comfortable (there's a way to use a plumb bob to set this up, but read about it).
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The cush on your tush is not going to have much impact on the saddle that fits you comfortably, the spacing of your 'sit bones' dictates that. Don't rule out the saddle that comes with the bike until you've tried it for a few rides. I've had saddles that on first impression I just wanted to throw in the tip, but after a couple of rides they feel great. Good luck with your new bike,
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I have three versions of the Serfas RX series as replacement saddles. I've liked each of them, and one may fit your requirements. I like the newer road model in particular, though I am an under-14-stone guy myself.
My custom BMC Fourstroke has a WTB, and I like that too. Take your time shopping and good luck finding your match.

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