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June 26, 2017

It should go without saying that your bike’s saddle is one of the most important bike accessories in Naples, FL. Without the proper saddle, and without setting the saddle at the proper height, you’re likely in for an uncomfortable ride, and you could wind up hurting yourself. The worst part is that injuries associated with improper saddles and poor saddle height are typically long-term problems that will plague the victim for years down the road. Keep reading to learn more about saddles and how to ensure a safe and comfortable ride.

Buy the right saddle

Although all saddles essentially serve the same purpose, they’re far from standardized accessories. For example, men’s saddles differ from women’s saddles, and road bike saddles differ from mountain bike saddles. The correct shape and size of the saddle for your body and the type of riding you do is incredibly important. There are plenty of online resources that can help you choose a saddle, but the best way to make sure you’re really buying the right one is by speaking with a bike technician at Big Momma’s Bicycles. Everyone on our team has years of experience in the industry and can help pick out the best saddle and other accessories for you.

Set the right height

After you’ve spoken with one of our staff members and purchased your saddle, you’ll obviously need to put it on your bike and set it to the right height. We’re more than happy to assist you in the process, or you can do it yourself at home using these methods:

  • Heel to pedal method: Riders new to the sport have probably all set their saddle height using the basic heel to pedal method. This method involves sitting on the saddle and setting the pedals to the 6 o’clock position. Next, place your heel on the pedal. Your knee should be completely straight. If it’s not, incrementally raise the seat height until your leg is outstretched on the pedal and your knee is straight. If your heel is no longer on the pedal, you know that you’ve gone too far and need to lower the saddle.
  • LeMond method: While heel to pedal works, and can get you off and riding quickly, more experienced riders will want to try different methods to ensure their saddle is the correct height. A method developed by three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond takes measuring proper saddle height a step further. To do this method, take your shoes off and measure your inseam. Next, multiply your inseam by 0.883 to get your proper saddle height. LeMond says that this will give you a more exact figure to go by.
  • Other factors to consider: Setting the right saddle height is just one step of the puzzle to getting a perfect ride. Speak to a professional about setting your saddle at the right position on the post rails. Setting it too far back or too far forward can make for an uncomfortable ride.

From the right saddle to new pedals and even the right clothes, Big Momma’s Bicycles carries all the bike accessories in Naples, FL you need for the best ride of your life. Come visit us today to learn more!

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