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Cycledrome Bicycle Shop
Mon - Wed: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thu, Fri: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 4:00pm
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  • Specialized Roll Sport - 2018
    $550.00
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    There's a feeling people get when everything just clicks on a ride—we usually call it "joy", and the Specialized Roll Sport is sure to deliver. Hop on the bike path—dirt… [more]

  • Mirrycle Incredibell Jellibell
    $12.99
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    The Mirrycle Jellibell is a fun way to let pedestrians and other riders know you're coming! The Jellibell has a see-through top so you can see the gears spin as it… [more]

  • Specialized Boy's Hotrock 20 (6-Speed) - 2017
    $335.00 - $340.00
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (6 Reviews)

    Someone has to have the coolest bike on the block; it might as well be your budding cycling superstar. Specialized's Boy's Hotrock 20 boasts a super-strong aluminum… [more]

  • Specialized Girl's Hotrock 12 Coaster - 2017
    $190.00

    A great first bike, Specialized's Girl’s Hotrock 12 Coaster is a cool way to get kids started. Its lightweight aluminum frame makes pedaling easy and the quality… [more]

  • Specialized Girl's Hotrock 24 (7-Speed) - 2016/2017
    $355.00
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (3 Reviews)

    Your 24/7 ball of energy can tackle any terrain with ease on Specialized's Girl's Hotrock 24! This cool ride features an agile and durable aluminum frame, a… [more]

  • Specialized Riprock 24 - 2018
    $500.00

    Remember when riding bikes was all about having fun? So does Specialized. For the Riprock, they strove to create the bike that any of us would have drooled over as a… [more]

  • Saris Sentinel 3-Bike
    $89.99
    Product Rating
     
    3.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    Saris’ Sentinel 3-Bike rack is ready to go right out of the box, easy to mount, and, thanks to its narrow arm spread, securely holds three bikes. The frame adjusts to… [more]

  • Greenfield Stabilizer Rear-Mount Kickstand (Powdercoat Black) (285mm)
    $25.99

    Greenfield's Stabilizer Rear-Mount Kickstand attaches to the rear of the bicycle so it's perfect for bikes that won't accept regular kickstands. It's also durable, light… [more]

  • SRAM PC-991 9-Speed Chain
    $34.99
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    SRAM’s PC-991 Chain delivers light weight, strength, quick shifting and smoothness to your drivetrain. It boasts chrome-hardened pins and inner and outer sideplates… [more]

  • Specialized Roll - 2017
    $490.00

    Specialized's Roll has everything you need to help you along your journey to a fitter, happier you. Hop on the bike path—dirt or paved—and enjoy the smooth, efficient… [more]

  • Specialized Riprock Coaster 20 - 2018
    $250.00

    Specialized's Riprock Coaster 20 packs big-time fun into a pint-sized package. This great bike features a lightweight aluminum frame and fork that will withstand the… [more]

  • Park Tool Mini Chain Brute Chain Tool
    $16.99
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    Park's Mini Chain Brute Chain Tool goes anywhere and features a V-shaped handle, a super-strong replaceable pin, and fine threads to make chain removal and installation… [more]

  • Park Tool Bottom Bracket Wrench (External Bearing)
    $21.99

    The Bottom Bracket Wrench removes and installs Shimano Hollowtech II, Race Face X-type, FSA MegaExo, Campagnolo Ultra-Torque and TruVativ Giga X-pipe bottom brackets.… [more]

  • Specialized Girl's Hotwalk - 2016/2018
    $160.00
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (4 Reviews)

    Your little princess will learn balance quicker than ever with Specialized's Girl's Hotwalk. It uses a lightweight, aluminum frame with an extremely low standover height… [more]

  • Specialized Roll Elite - 2017
    $650.00

    There’s a feeling people get when everything just clicks on a ride, and the Specialized Roll Elite is a bike that pulls it all together for you. Take it out on a bike… [more]

  • Specialized Fatboy 20 - 2018
    $770.00

    Get your kids in on the fatbike fun with the Specialized Fatboy 20. It features a lightweight aluminum frame with gigantic 4.0-inch wide Ground Control tires to devour… [more]

  • Specialized Boy's Hotrock 12 Coaster - 2017
    $190.00
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (4 Reviews)

    A great first bike, Specialized's Boy’s Hotrock 12 Coaster is a cool way to get kids started. Its lightweight aluminum frame makes pedaling easy and the quality… [more]

  • Park Tool Fixed-Gear Lockring Wrench
    $16.95

    Park's Fixed-Gear Lockring Wrench features 2 different radius hooked spanners for a precise fit, and easy removal and tightening of most fixed-gear lockrings. The HCW-17… [more]

 

Buyer's Guide To Bicycle Seat Types

Selle Italia Man Gel Flow
$144.99

Selle Italia's Man Gel Flow saddle has the men's-specific shape and… [more]

Fizik Aliante VS K:ium Saddle
$149.99

Fizik Versus is a complete range of saddles that combines Spine Concept… [more]

Brooks B67 S - Women's
$150.00

Among Brooks' most loved products, the B67 S women's saddle has inspired… [more]

Brooks Cambium C13
$220.00

The Brooks C13 utilizes the same vulcanized natural rubber and organic… [more]

When you have the right bicycle saddle, a world of fun awaits!

Bicycling is supposed to be fun, not painful. Yet, it's quite common for even somewhat-experienced cyclists to tolerate saddle discomfort believing it's simply an inevitable part of the sport. Wrong! On the right saddle, you'll be able to enjoy even lengthy rides while hardly noticing your seat at all.

It is true that most brand-new riders or those getting back into cycling, experience a little soreness on the first rides, yet that feeling normally goes away after a few weeks of regular riding as your body gets used to this new activity.

If it doesn't, and if you're suffering every time you hit the road or trail, it's very likely that you're riding on a seat that's not right for you. To help, we explain here what seat types are appropriate for the common types of cycling, and how to choose the right features. Plus, we offer suggestions and tips that have helped our customers solve their seat problems and enjoy truly pain-free rides.

The first step, is ensuring that you're on the right type of saddle for how you ride. There are three basic riding positions, with three corresponding seat types:

 

    Upright Riding Position

Here's the upright riding position.

Upright Riding Position
-sitting completely upright, pedaling slowly
-all your weight directly on the seat
-a wide, cushioned seat works best 


 

Ideal Saddle Type: Cruiser saddle

Features: Very wide, fully padded, may include springs or gel

Ideal Bike Types: Cruiser bikes; some comfort and hybrid bikes

Ideal Riding Style: Casual, leisurely, slow pedaling cadence

Notes: Notice how the rider has almost all of his weight resting over the seat. This makes the wide saddle shown perfect because it offers an ample platform for support and includes plush padding to cushion most of his body weight. Plus, this cyclist pedals at a leisurely to slow pace with his feet slightly ahead of his body, so a little extra seat width doesn't interfere with leg movement.

    Regular Riding Position

Here's the regular riding position.

Regular Riding Position
-leaning forward slightly, pedaling fast
-some of your weight supported by handlebars and pedals
-a medium-width, medium-padded seat works best

Ideal Saddle Type: Sport Men's and Women's models

Features: Anatomic/ergonomic design, may have cutout in top, medium padding (maybe gel), narrow nose, width of rear should match your sit-bone width

Ideal Bike Types: Flat-bar road bike; mountain bike; hybrid bike; city bike; etc.

Ideal Riding Style: Fitness, commuting, pledge rides, touring, all-around road and trail use, medium to fast pedaling cadence

Notes: For recreational riding where you sit upright and lean slightly forward transferring some of your weight to the pedals and handlebars, a medium to narrow saddle with an ergonomic design and a moderate amount of padding is usually best. Riding this type of bicycle you maintain a fast pedal rate and appreciate less width in the nose so it won't interfere with your thighs.

 

    Pro Riding Position

 

Here's the pro riding position.

Pro Riding Position
-very forward, pedaling very fast
-weight supported by seat, bars and pedals
-a narrow, lightly padded seat works best

Ideal Saddle Type: Racing Men's or Women's models

Features: The narrowest and lightest seats, lightly padded, sometimes feature cutouts in the tops, rear width matches your sit bones, may be anatomic/ergonomic

Ideal Bike Types: Road bikes; road-racing bikes; tri bikes; racing mountain bikes

Ideal Riding Style: Fast, fitness, fun, century, race, fast pedaling cadence

Notes: Cyclists who ride fast and hard or for competition require seats suited to their forward position and rapid pedal cadence. Notice how the rider has much of her weight over the handlebars and pedals. She's so far forward you can see that she's resting near the middle of the saddle, too. This means less weight is on the seat, which is why these riders can get by with such minimal designs. Also, it's the perfect position for fast pedaling, for which a narrow saddle like this is ideal.

Padding Pointers
One common "test" that often leads to selecting the wrong saddle is the "thumb" test, where you base your purchase on how soft the seat is when you press your thumb into it. If the saddle is for the upright riding position, such as on a cruiser, this test usually works. If you're choosing a seat for longer rides, however, lots of padding probably isn't what you want.

As you ride longer distances, you pedal at a higher pedal rate and remain on the seat more. For this, it's more important that a saddle support your weight than it is for the seat to absorb it. In fact, heavily padded seats usually become uncomfortable the longer you ride because the padding begins to put extra pressure right where you don't want it, which can cause the numbness and pain you were hoping to avoid.

In short, a little padding built into the saddle in the appropriate areas to relieve pressure on sensitive areas works. Squishy, bulky padding that's impressive to the touch usually causes problems if you ride for exercise or distance.

Width Watch
People come in different widths, and saddles do, too. Ideally you'll find a seat with a rear shape that fits the width of your ischial tuberosities, a $50 word for your sit bones. These are the 2 points you feel when sitting on a curb. The right saddle will support and cushion you in just the right spots.

If your sit bones are too wide or narrow for a certain seat, you won't benefit from any of its features because it doesn't fit you correctly. If you have a saddle you've been riding, you can usually see the slight indentations or marks formed right where your sit bones rest, and this gives you a gauge in selecting a new saddle to make sure it's the right width. It's also possible to measure your sit bone width with a ruler and use the measurement to select the right-width saddle.

Your sit bones should be centered over the rear of the saddle. Often there are anatomic bumps in the area for this purpose.

Cutouts & Cutaways
An interesting and effective innovation you'll see in many modern saddles is a cutout or cutaway in the top, which looks like a groove or hole has been cut out of the top of the saddle. The idea is to remove the part of the saddle that's usually responsible for pressuring sensitive tissues and causing numbness and pain.

Different saddle makers have different ideas about the best shape of the cutout and whether it should go all the way through, be a deep groove or maybe just a slight recess. What's important is that you select a saddle that feels right to you. If the cutout is in the wrong spot for your anatomy, it won't do any good. So, it's important to sit on a seat and get a feel for which design works best.


Our Top
Tips For Ending Saddle Sores

  • Try Lots Of Seats - Within each saddle category there's a great variety of models, designs and features. To select the right one may require visiting our store and sitting on some different models. We can also point out our most popular models for the type of riding you do.
  • Ask Your Friends - If you ride with friends, ask them what they recommend, too. While everyone's anatomy is a little different, you might find that the seat your buddy loves works for you, too. Plus, she'll probably let you take a spin on hers to find out how it fits and feels.
  • Check Seat Height & Angle - A common cause of saddle sores is a seat that's adjusted wrong. Make sure yours is set level with the ground and at just the right height so that when the balls of your feet are on the pedals, you have a slight bend in your knees when they reach 6 o'clock (bottom of the pedal stroke). If the seat's angled down, set too high or low, it will cause discomfort and pain. If you need to tip the seat angle a bit, never angle it more than 3 degrees up or down. Be sure to ask if you have any questions or need help adjusting your seat. We can help and we're expert at fitting seats and bicycles.
  • Ride More - You have to get used to sitting on a bicycle saddle. So, don't give up on one you think should work until you've put together a few weeks of rides. By that time, you should know if the seat's right or not.
  • Move Around - Many cyclists get in the bad habit of sitting in one spot on the seat, which is a likely cause of numbness and pain. The solution is simply moving around on the saddle occasionally to change the pressure points. And to stand about every 15 minutes to take all the pressure off the seat.
  • Dress For Cycling - You can get by with any old clothing if you're idling around on a cruiser with a wide, padded saddle, however, once you start riding faster and farther, proper cycling attire makes a huge difference in comfort. Here's why: street clothes, such as jeans and cut-offs include seams in the worst possible place, the crotch. When you're riding, you're essentially sitting on these bumps, which can cut off circulation and cause chafing leading to numbness, pain and problems. This is why we recommend cycling shorts, which feature flat seams and padding in the crotch area, plus moisture-wicking fabric to keep you dry and comfortable no matter how far or hard your ride. And, don't worry, there are different styles, not all are skin tight.

Come by the store to check out our wide selection of comfortable saddles!




 

Cycledrome Bicycle Shop

Cycledrome Bicycle Shop | 8150 Hamilton Blvd, Breinigsville, PA 18031

Phone: (610) 398-6631

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