This guide has been written by cycling review expert Alex Bristol
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Saddles and road bikes:
Road bike riding is a sport loved by millions all over the globe. May it be professional or as a hobby, you will always love it to be a part of your daily routine. People give a lot of thought to what type of road bike will be best for them, how much they should spend and what to look for when buying one. What is equally important is the saddle on the bike. It is the vital most part of the bike since you rest on it when riding. How to set up a road bike saddle position is a question asked all the time. And as simple as it may sound, you better believe it is not. And that is because most of us do not understand what angles to look for, what type of saddles work the best and how to adjust the height properly. Let’s dive into the world of saddles and find the best one for you.
Finding the perfect height for your saddle can be a little tricky and take time, but it is every bit as essential for comfort. To figure out the correct height for your saddle, you need to sit on the bike and put your heals at the centre of the axle making sure it is at the furthest point. Once this is done, check if your hips have to rock to reach the pedal. If there is some rocking movement, you are a little too high, adjust it a little, all while making sure your legs are straight. With a little bit of adjustment, you will be good to go.
Getting the right height is crucial as you need to be comfortable when riding. This will not only allow you to ride for longer durations but also enable you to push harder. There are injuries associated with the wrong saddle height that can be avoided if you adjust it properly.
What to look for in a bike saddle:
Bike saddles need to have a proper ergonomic shape. It is extremely important for you to not only find a comfortable spot to rest yourself but also for the right posture while riding. A good ergonomic shape will help in improving riding positions whether it is low when riding fast or upright when riding casually. The saddle needs to have plush and soft padding for a comfortable experience, and proper strong insides made of carbon fibre or steel for durability and longevity.
You will find many saddles online at a low, budget-friendly cost but it is important to look into what will suit you best. Some of the most well-known brands for bike saddles are Power Expert, Fizik and Terry Fly. These are some of the trusted brands when it comes to buying bike saddles.
Bike saddles are a principal part of a complete, comfortable and satisfying road bike riding experience. As to how you can set up a road bike saddle successfully, we have you covered!
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