WANT CUSTOM-FIT HYBRID WITH ERGONOMIC SEAT
November 17, 2005
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Last summer you researched bike
seats for me and this year I purchased the seat you suggested,
Seat. I put in on my Trek 950 mountain bike which I
have turned into a cross trainer, and would highly recommend
it to anyone who has problems with pressure on their pelvic
Since the seat works so well I plan
on replacing my cross trainer bike with a new, high-end
cross trainer/hybrid. I was thinking of getting one built
or especially fit for me. Do you have any recommendations
as to brand or model, fit specialist, etc. that might help
me accomplish this goal? Thanks.
Glad that seat worked for you.
I generally dont recommend
bike brands, and probably wont until lots more bike
manufacturers give me free samples. But I do have a couple
of ideas about the question of fit.
You wanna choose between getting
a bike custom-built or getting an existing bike to fit you.
I dont have a preference, and I think price will end
up as your main criterion; one option will cost much more
than the other. Ill let you guess which.
I think youll find fewer sources
locally for custom-made bikes. If you dont already
know a reliable source, try a simple Web search. I did one
for custom-built and bicycles and
Illinois; it yielded a pretty narrow field of
merchants, and one cropped up repeatedly. How do you choose?
Again, pricebut, just as important, credentials. Ask
prospective builders to give you references to satisfied
customers (and ones thatd willingly talk with you).
If you opt to get an existing bike
that fits you properly: Who should you get to fit you? One
way: Pick three to five bike shops and interview them. Because
you live in the north, youll find theyve more
time for a chat this time of year than usualand if
they wont find time (or tell you when to come back)
you dont wanna buy from them anyway.
So what should you ask? Tell em
what kind of bike you want, say you must have it
with the seat youve chosen, and ask how theyd
fit you. Pay close attention to that last part, so you can
compare different shops practices. I wont recommend
a particular fitting methodpeople have written books
about thatbut check that they have a method
other than simply having you stand over the bike. After
a couple of these conversations I believe youll get
the drift, and youll ably judge who to use.