How to Choose the Best Bike Seat: A Guide for All Riders

Whether you ride your bike for the thrill of the mountain trails or you’re using your bicycle for your daily commute, the saddle you choose can make a huge difference between a painful journey and a smooth ride. Now you may wonder, how do I find the best bike seat?

The short answer is that there is no perfect seat, but there is for your situation.

In this article, we’re going to shed some light on which factors go into determining the ideal saddle for you, like the width and shape, materials used, and amount of cushioning. Whatever type of riding you do, there is a bike seat that will give you comfort and performance without saddle sores.

woman cyclist in a city

What to consider when choosing a bike saddle

The right bike saddle is a crucial factor in helping you get the most out of your ride. Here are some key things you should think about when choosing your bike saddle:

  • Gender - Anatomically speaking, men and women have differences in their structure, so bicycle saddles need to reflect those. Most comfortable bike seats for women are broad and short, have female-specific padding to help support the pelvis, and are designed with cut-outs (openings that minimize contact with the genital area). In contrast, perfect bike seats for men will be narrow and long with a hollow core and deep center cutout to match with their unique anatomy.
  • Type of cycling - Bike seats also differ based on discipline, so choosing the perfect one will depend on the type of cycling you do: road cycling, recreational cycling, mountain biking, bike touring, bike commuting, and so on. For example, mountain bike seats usually have a larger platform and offer more padding than road bike saddles as trail terrain is often very rough. Unlike others, mountain bike seats typically come with reinforced shells and covers to prevent damage. On the other hand, road bike saddles are slightly narrower with more flexibility. They often have less padding and thinner bodies. Recreational cycling saddles are often wide with plush padding for extra comfort, whereas the best choice for commuting will be a saddle with not too much padding. If you prefer bike touring, you’ll want a saddle that falls just between a road and a mountain saddle.
  • Size - Bike saddles come in different sizes that answer to different body types. The key factor in finding your right size mostly has to do with the width of the saddle and how well it supports your sit bones. Generally speaking, a wide saddle will be the best choice, but not too wide to the point that it causes rubbing or interferes with the motion of your pedaling. This can vary between men and women, as we talked about earlier.
  • Seat cushioning type - The best way to achieve comfort in riding is to have a saddle that provides good cushioning support. The two most common bike seat cushion types are gel and foam. These cushioning materials react differently under your weight. Gel naturally molds to your body, and it’s the recreational rider’s favorite. Its downside is that it tends to get compacted more quickly than the other option, foam. On the other hand, foam cushioning springs back to shape, and it is a road rider’s favorite because of the added support.
  • Materials - Saddle material is also an essential factor to consider when shopping for your bike seat. This is where durability comes into play. Leather molds to your weight and shape but doesn’t respond well to getting rained on, while synthetic materials are more weather resistant and lightweight, but that means they can be less breathable. Besides leather and synthetics, you can also find cotton saddle covers. Cotton doesn’t require a lot of breaking in like leather does and offers excellent comfort while pedaling.
  • Saddle rails - The rails on a bike saddle are the connection points to the bike. You can find steel, alloy, titanium, and carbon rails on the market that differ in weight, strength, and flexibility. Carbon is the lightest and stiffest out of all the materials, which is great for staying connected to smooth roads at fast speeds. Titanium, on the other hand, is excellent for stable performances on rougher terrains.

cyclist on trail

Comfort vs. Performance. Can you actually have both?

When we think of outstanding cycling performance, the first thing that comes to our mind is tiny seats that weigh nothing and offer zero support. The saddles we think of as comfortable are big, wide, and made out of memory foam to provide you with enough support. You may be thinking that you need to choose between performance or comfort, but at Bikeroo, you can have the best of both worlds. The saddles are designed explicitly for long-distance travel without the need to sacrifice comfort (or your posterior). You'll look forward to your ride every time.

Five steps to improve the comfort of your bike saddle

Regardless of the type of cycling or the saddle that you have, there are some proven steps you can take to improve the comfort of your riding experience. With these tips, it’ll be easier than ever to hit the road pain-free:

  1. Adjust the position of your saddle - Even with the best saddle, setting the right height for your body is crucial. You want to avoid too low or too high seats since it can compromise your pedaling efficiency. There should be a slight bend in your knee at the bottom of your pedal stroke. In addition, a very slight downward tilt of your bike seat is generally best for comfort and performance.
  2. Maintain proper cycling posture - Maintaining good posture is essential for lack of injuries and comfort. Keep your shoulders relaxed to stay more alert. Your elbows should be tucked into your sides rather than out, and focus on keeping your knee in line with and over the ball of your foot as you ride.
  3. Stretch often and stand more - Cycling for long periods can take its toll on your body. So stand up briefly on your pedals every 10 minutes or so. This relieves the pressure on the sit bones and allows normal blood flow.
  4. Find the proper attire - Get yourself a pair of padded bike shorts. They provide a protective barrier between your delicate areas and the bike seat while minimizing friction and cushion bumps. Plus, the right gear will have you riding in style.
  5. Emollient/Chamois cream will be your best friend - This cream reduces friction, hydrates the skin, and prevents cracking. It is best to apply it directly to the pad in your shorts and your perineum before riding.

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Finding the best bike saddle to fit your needs

Imagine you bought a bike only to find that the original seat does not fit your needs. That’s one of the reasons why you should do your research before shopping for the right one. Below, you can find some of the Bikeroo Bike Saddles and choose the correct one for you.

Bikeroo Cruiser Bike Saddle

Like we mentioned earlier, when choosing a bike saddle, one of the key factors refers to the type of cycling you do. No doubt, cruiser bikes are one of the most comfortable and popular in that area. The Bikeroo Cruiser Bike Saddle offers a laid-back design and dual-spring suspension. With chrome-plated dual-rail mounts, tough faux leather, and other premium details, you'll enjoy long-lasting comfort mile after mile.

Bikeroo Performance and Road Cycling Bike Saddle

Here is another great bike saddle with upgraded cushioning and a design that reduces your soreness and pressure points. It is specifically designed for men's unique anatomy, with a hollow core and deep center cutout.

Bikeroo Memory Foam Bike Saddle

If you are looking for a wide comfy bike saddle with soft padding and dual spring suspension, we recommend the Bikeroo Memory Foam Bike Saddle. With the combination of its thick seat padding and double shock suspension spring, this seat is super comfy. It’s waterproof, plus it comes with tools for installing.

Bikeroo Oversized Bike Saddle

The best thing about cycling is that it is one of the most popular exercises no matter the age. Especially for seniors, as it’s a great way to stay active and healthy while enhancing overall well-being. So, choosing a saddle specifically designed for seniors is key to ensuring long, comfortable rides. At Bikeroo, you can find the Oversized Bike Saddle with an extra-wide profile that cushions and distributes weight evenly. Tough artificial leather, extra memory foam padding, and shock-absorbing springs will ensure superior comfort without soreness.

To Conclude

The bike seat plays a massive role since you need the right one to ride comfortably for hours on end. If you use our guidelines in choosing the best bike seat, we’re sure you’re going to love your new saddle just as much as your two-wheeled friend.

Contributing Writer: Milica Ivanović

TOP Difference between men and women cycling needs.

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Narrower saddles negatively affect saddle pressures in female cyclists.

The studies evaluating the long-term effects of saddle pressure on the integrity of the pudenda nerve, pelvic floor and sexual function are warranted.

Because of the differences in the structural bodies of men and women, bicycle saddles must reflect these differences.

A man’s seat is usually narrow and long, while that of a woman's is wide and short.

A woman’s seat (like Bikeroo's universal saddle) is wide to reflect their generally wide hips. Women have their pelvic bones set wider apart than men, hence the wide seats.

A major concern for both men and women is too much pressure that can affect the flow of blood to the genitals.

This means that the design of a seat is important.

You are unique, and also it is your saddle!

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Some brands that have carried out research into soft tissue discomfort in women have come to the conclusion it’s your body shape that determines the ideal saddle for you.

Those who have more ‘pronounced’ or less ‘protected’ genitals, they suggest, will need a wider cut-out or relief channel, than those who are more ‘petite’ down there – so do consider your own personal anatomy when saddle shopping.

 

Each rider is completely different and the saddle should be sized to match your position and anatomy.

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First set your position then look towards the correct saddle.

Most professional bicycle fitters are trained to determine proper placement and width of saddles.  This is done visually while you are riding your bike on a stationary trainer.

Your position on the bike has a lot to do with your saddle comfort. For example: if you ride a triathlon specific bike and it is set up properly, your pelvis will have a slight forward rotation.

Without the correct bike saddle there will be tremendous pressure on sensitive areas. If you are on a road bike with a fairly upright position you will be supported by the widest part of your sit bones and will need a wider seat. Before you go shopping for a new saddle make sure that your position has been properly set up by a professional bicycle fitter.

There are also unisex seats in the market which can be used by both women and men and it also can fit you perfectly, of course. So as taller women tend to fit on men’s bike seats and shorter men often prefer women’s seats as their posture on the bicycle tends to be similar.

Do you believe that there is no identical body to yours?

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The conclusion is that you should not ride in pain ever again!

Secondly, don’t worry if a bike seat does not fit you but it fitted your best friend.

Thirdly, the pain is not your fault, you didn’t do anything wrong, is about our unique anatomy and finding the perfect match.

What to buy as a Christmas gift for a biker

 Ho, ho, ho, cyclists, biker’s lovers, people in searching for the PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT!

We might not be great in everything, but, at least in cycling we know what we are talking about! We all know so well what we would love to find under the Christmas tree.

You’re in the right place to find that cool something that will make your biker feel excited! Your loved one will appreciate that you know him so well and don’t’ worry, we won’t tell anybody that you had a little help from Santa Claus.

 

1. New saddle feels like a new bike! 

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Maybe, you know or you don’t that the saddle is one of the most important things, it can bring you a great ride or a painfully one, really. If you heard your boyfriend complaining about pain, that’s the saddle’s fault.

From the most fashionable to the most technically personalized, you can choose from hundreds of good saddles to make him a surprise.

If you don’t know how to choose the perfect one, write an email to the shop’s owner, send a picture with the bike and he will advice you, because most of them are cyclists themselves and cycling lovers.

 

2. Your bike, your style!

Rain Cover

Let’s say the saddle is great, but many times you feel like you need a change and something special to describe more your style.

An urban personalized saddle cover is the perfect choice! Some chic-urban or fluorescent-daring cover will change the whole appearance of the bike.

The design is not the only benefit you will have from it because the cover protects the saddle’s leather of humidity during the long rides and changing whether conditions. Useful, chic and very YOU!   

 

3. New Year resolution helper

Padded Shorts

This year, you don’t have any excuse to delay indefinitely your spinning classes, because you can pedal for hours 100% comfortably.

The women's cycling padded shorts are from breathable fabric wicks quickly away moisture and keeps you dry reducing irritation caused by chafing. Triangle-shaped gusset helps avoid ride-up when you're bending and stretching and wide waistband adds great comfort.

Fulfill your New Year resolution!

 

4. Wild saddle magician

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If the saddle has more personality than you desire, cool it down with the gel seat cover trick.

That’s no use to suffer during or after cycling. Due to a soft gel construction the bike seat cover will bring back the fun on your bike rides or cycling class. You will stay on your bike for longer 100% comfortably and the non slip back ensures that the cover does not slide from side to side.

The pleasures have to be painless to remain pleasures!

 

5. Like father, like son

Cruzee Child Bike

If you are a cyclist, no doubt your kid will follow the family tradition. Why not starting with a Christmas gift for a fresh start in cycling? The Cruzee Ultralite Balance bike (4.4 lbs) suits great the children between 1.5 to 5 years. Skip tricycles and training wheels. On a no-pedal Cruzee the children learn to balance first on two wheels.

Pedaling on a traditional bike the following year will seem like a piece of cake after learning on a Cruzee.

 

6. Fun for the whole family

Double Bicycle Trailer

Instep-Take 2 double bicycle trailer is the most fun gift for any child.

They will be delighted to step in and start the recreational adventure with you.

Be prepared to pedal longer rides!

 

7. Never too little for cycling!

Child Bike Seat

Your child is not even on the age to walk on his own feet, but this does not mean he would not enjoy to ride by your side as a passenger.

Take him on a new adventure and buy the child bike seat for this spring rides. Dual Beam suspension system absorbs road shock to ensure a smooth, comfortable ride for the child and the easy and quick one-hand tilt function of up to 20 degree, allows for five different reclining options.

Universal quick release bracket allows seat to mount/dismount from bike in seconds. Have fun you both!

 

8. Uber cool and uber uber comfortable

high quality bike gloves

Who doesn’t want a warm, relaxing ride all the time?

Many times a year the whether can make your ride uncomfortable if you don’t have the proper accessories. The gel cycling gloves are the perfect gift for any cyclist.

Santa Claus will bring exactly what you need! An extra padding with 5 mm gel cycling gloves at palm part, non-slip silicone, super shock absorption! Relieve entirely the pain and fatigue, guaranteeing men or women cyclist a more relaxed and easy ride.

 

9. I forgot to say how great you are

Bikeroo T Shirt

That’s no biker without a big biker ego!

So, as a wife, child, grandpa or family dog, you can be sure that a t-shirt with a love/appreciate message will make his day…or the whole year.

 

10. Looks good, feels even better

headband for cycling protection

 

Multi-functional 12 in 1 headband – sport & casual – comfort & UV protection protects and provides a quick drying during sweaty bike rides or spinning training. Made of lightweight and breathable microfiber material, this resistant elastic bandanna is ideal for daily use.

Mava Scarf will protect you against hot weather, sun's ultraviolet radiation, dust & wind on your MTB Rides and other daily outdoor activities.

Headband, sun-guard for cycling & running, face mask, neck warmer, yoga wear, hairband, neck gaiter, wristband, cap, pirate bandanna! You name it!

 

Did you found what you were looking for in the bag of Santa Claus?

Share with us what is you favorite Christmas gift!

How to Stay fit on holidays

 

Hi, there, guys!

You’ve been extraordinary good for a while, you workout regularly, you finally lost the last 5 pounds you needed, you did your best to enjoy quinoa (no, is not a fish), and now you look panicked to all those goodies on the table.

How much will cost your effort?

An extra 3 pounds in a weekend? Come on, take a break, you’re human, like the rest of us, the night chocolate eaters. Holidays should be enjoyed with everything it means, and yes with food too.

christmas sweets muffins

If you follow few tips, you will have the same weight and physical shape or even better.

First thing first!

1. The quantity is everything.

Not what you eat, but how much you eat. So, do it ¼!

Eat everything you want but only a quarter from a regular portion. Don’t enlarge them first to have where to cut from. If you can’t keep this rule, negotiate a little with yourself. If you like the chocolate pudding and the meringue cake, either you eat a quarter of both, or choose between them for the present meal. The next one, you are allowed to indulge the one you refused. It’s not a big deal.

Ok, let’s say you wanted both and now you’re full of meringue, cheesecake, chocolate pudding bla bla bla. No problem, my friend. You only have to get up from the couch.

stay fit on holidays

2. Take your bike for a leisure ride, or walk your dog for an hour (it is satiated too).

You would say that being so easy it is also pretty useless. This is not true. For a 130-pound person, walking at a moderate pace -such as walking the dog - burns 60 to 70 calories per half-hour or 120 to 140 calories per hour.

As for cycling, the things are even better!!! Bicycling, leisurely, slow, with light effort consume 340 calories. Exactly the portion of pudding you wanted not to eat.

biking in the snow

 

3. If you’re not in the mood to go outside, you can make some light exercises in the house. For example, you can do some indoor cycling, yoga or Pilates moves to regain your energy after a excessive meal. Choose some tutorials on YouTube, pick different trainers and have some fun for 15-20 minutes daily.

indoor cycling winter

4. Keep moving!

You want to make sure that you keep moving and avoid TV binges for hours at a time. Something as simple as monitoring your steps and making sure you get to at least 10,000 a day can go a long way when it comes to staying on track.

Do your best to keep moving, even if that means being active at home by doing some house cleaning, turning up the music and dancing, or doing a short body weight circuit in your living room.

indoor exercise winter

 

 

5. Another trick is to install one of the calories apps (My Fitness Pal many of our colleagues use it), note all you eat in the daily journal and simply stop when you have the number of calories settled for a day.

women spending time outdoor

Apps, meals reduction or just moving around guarantee you will be in great shape even after the grandma’s holiday delights!

 

 

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN FLORIDA BY BIKE

Never been in Florida before? You don’t know what you’re missing! Make your passion famous and visit the “land of flowers”, the name given to Florida by the explorer Juan Ponce when Europeans made the first contact in 1513.

You’re definitely in a very good company here and this charming place continues up to these days to attract celebrities, athletes, being internationally known for golf, tennis, auto racing and water sports. And…cycling, of course!

Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams found it really inspirational and you will see for yourself that they were right!

1. Orlando

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Orlando is also known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World" and in 2014 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 62 million visitors.

From the classic Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, there's a world for everyone to escape into! Experience a wonderland of ocean animals at SeaWorld Orlando. 

Discover the fun for the whole family at Legoland Florida, one of Orlando's newest theme parks.

Ride Safe... Over 150 Miles of Paved 'Off-Street' Biking!

  • 10 Paved Bicycle Trails in Orange County you really have to try!
  1. Baldwin Park, 2. Cady Way Trail, 3. Lake Nona, 4. Lake Underhill Path, 5. Little Econ Greenway, 6. Maitland Bike Route, 7. Orlando Urban Trail, 8. Shingle Creek Trail, 9.Walt Disney World, 10. West Orange Trail

 

2. Miami

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Every cyclist loves Miami! In 2010, Miami was ranked as the 44th-most bike-friendly city in the US and every month, the city hosts "Bike Miami", where major streets in Downtown and Brickell are closed to automobiles, but left open for pedestrians and bicyclists. Carefully, please, because you can easily come across some celebrities too!

First, you have to choose the cycling accessories, comfortable, efficient …and “IN”!

Don’t miss Virginia Key Mountain-Bike Trails, open from Sunrise to Sunset, 7 days a week, probably the best park down here with regards to variety, and the perfect combination between a relaxing – challenging trail.

If you are more into a challenging ride, then choose Oleta State Park, which is the most technical mountain-bike trail in South Florida. But, the trails are fairly easy to identify, so beginners can stick to their trails, and advanced riders who want some challenge can find their trails.

Watch out: Alligators! Yes, this is Shark Valley!

There are alligators everywhere, and as the day gets warmer, the alligators end up on the walkway or bike path. We suppose, somehow the paths are designed not to expose you to the fierce reptiles.

If you just decided to just run away, don’t forget can easily rent a new bike from here, then come back later to save your bike. We’re just kidding!

 

3. Tampa

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Tampa was ranked as the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes in 2008 and also ranks as the fifth most popular American city, based on where people want to live, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.

Where to start your trip here?

In Flatwoods Park you can find loop road that gives bicyclists a woods experience.

Off-road cyclists can enjoy the Wilderness Park Off Road Trails System.

But, if you are in the mood for a cinematographic experience, you have to take a ride on Ballast Point Park or Bayshore Boulevard (7,2 km) and be prepared to stop from time to time to really enjoy the shore’s pictorial view.

 

4. Florida Keys

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What do you say about a ride within a tropical scenery of an uninterrupted  106-mile-long cycling trail? In Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail …it’s almost possible. Now there are 80 or 90 miles of that trail completed, with new sections opening every year.

Don’t come alone, because this is a ride you’ll want to share: 37 endless bridges over the blue water embraced by the shore wind and surrounded by everywhere beauty.

It’s more than worthwhile! Make a lifetime escape with your best friend If you two are well-prepared cyclists, you will make it in two days, but count on at least three days for the rest of us, not in such a perfect shape as you are. 

 

5. St. George Island

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What to do here? Beach it, bike it!

The island is known for being quiet and tranquil due to its small size, and if you love to discover wild solitary beaches, you are in the perfect place.

The island has 17 miles of paved bike paths and lots of off-roads for exploring. You can ride a bike from one side of the island! If you come here, don’t miss Cape St. George Light, a historic treasure on Florida's forgotten coast.

 

6. Sanibel Island 

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Escape the city, embrace the wildlife’s savor!

Due to easy causeway access, Sanibel is a popular tourist destination known for its shell beaches and wildlife refuges. More than half of the island is made up of wildlife refuges, the largest being J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge for the birds lovers.

With 25 miles of high-quality paved trails, few places make biking as carefree as this. Then there’s Sanibel Island, a designated Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, with its more than 25 miles of easily accessible bike paths that stretch and thread through subtropical hammocks, preserved wetlands and along main thoroughfares like Periwinkle Way and more.

You don’t have to own a bike, because here you will find it very easy to rent one. I know you are a passionate cyclist, but you will more enjoy the trip if you will decide to rent a kayak and collect the marvelous seashells found here.

Before you get back to your bicycle ride, take some whole wheat granola or whole wheat blueberry pancakes at the Lighthouse Café.

 

7. Fort Meyers Beach

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Covered with sugar-sand, Fort Myers Beach is a popular destination for visitors eager to engage in water sports such as parasailing and kayaking – or just as eager to simply relax on the inviting beach.

If you decided to mix between beach days and your hobby, you will feel more than awarded by the breezy rides at sunset.

And that’s not all by far!

Mountain bikers in search of tougher trails should check out the Caloosahatchee Regional Park. Made up of pine flatwoods, and oak hammocks, this landscape is far from a walk in the park, but with more than 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, it’s an exhilarating way to experience the area and its wildlife.

 

 

8. St Petersburg

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Enjoy 38 miles of continuous biking within the Pinellas Trail, a major highlight of St. Petersburg.

And…don’t miss the perfect landscape of Beach Walk in Clearwater Beach that invites you to pedal along and see for yourself why it was named No. 1 in the U.S. on TripAdvisor's list of Top Beaches for 2016 and No. 4 in 2017.

In parks like Fort De Soto, over area bridges or through downtown St. Pete, you will be more than happy that you have your bike with you, because there is lot to see. Ah, though, park your bicycle for few hours and visit Dali Museum and Chihuly Collection.

It worth it!

 

9. St. Augustine 

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An eclectic place, with so many impressive influences, given by the fact that it is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement. The city offers many options for the passionate cyclists. For example, The Stokes Landing Conservation Area  which has trails accessible to cyclists on the 274-acre parcel of land.

Moses Creek Conservation Area has bicycle trails in an undeveloped tidal creek region on the Matanzas River. Here, you will admire species of the wildlife such as snow egrets, gopher tortoises and great blue herons. Dirt trails are canopied by grand live oaks that lead to sandy bluffs looking over Moses Creek. Several separate trails are designated by colors of white, yellow and red, leading to campsites, observations points and picnic areas.

Then, you can take your bike and ride to Anastasia State Park, a historic region, on the other side of the Intracoastal Waterway, not far from Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

The 1600 – acre park will captivate you after you cross the Bridge of Lions over the water and enter the ancient sand dunes on the way to the beaches. 

For a more longer and challenging trip, choose Mala Compra Plantation Greenway Trail (5.5 miles), recommended for mountain bikes and a pretty good shape, because it has some more difficult sections.

Not to miss: Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Light, Flagler College, Lightner Museum, statue near the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, Old St. Johns County Jail.

 

10. We usually try to do ten recommendations but for Florida we'll ask you to recommend us the tenth. If you are a bike rider or been to Florida with your bike, what was your favorite thing to do?

Do you have a photo/video/tips&tricks? 

Send us your experiences at happytohelp@bikeroo.net and you can win:

One of our 3 Light Weight Bike Saddles

or 

One of our 3 Gel Seat Covers  

 


On to the next one! Stay tuned! 

 

 

 

Is riding good for you?

No wonder, but we'll gonna answer: YES. Riding is great for you! You should ride more if you can and it will be even better! That's it, thanks for reading, see you next time.


...Just kidding, just kidding. I mean what can you expect a bike gear shop to tell you? Happily for us and you, if you love biking just as much as we do, biking really has a great number of benefits but also certain very specific advantages. Let's see what those are.

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Of course, it gets your heart pumping so it's good for your cardiovascular health, like any sport really but what is really great about it is that you can do it ar your own pace. You can go easy and enjoy a nice ride without losing breath or you can go brutally hard and really enjoy a leg-burning ride! Two type of workouts, same bike. That's the beauty of riding and because it's very low impact compared to, say, running you can do it more often and for longer without pain or fear of injury. Great success!

It's also a great workout for your muscles and flexibility. Riding works almost all your muscles and it does it while you do one simple move: pedal, pedal, pedal. The fact that it's so easy to learn and then do it anywhere it's a great benefit of cycling. You can go to work on a bike, you can go on a trip on a bike and you can do it without losing much time at all. Running errands and working on your muscles, all in one go. Cycling is really the smart men's productivity habit, isn't it?!

And lastly, we must talk about the distressing and mental health benefits. Because again, studies find that it's a great activity for distressing, relieving anxiety, depression and lifting your mood. That's maybe the best benefit of them all, if you smile when you get on your bike, all the rest is extra (hint:it's impossible not smile when you have "most comfortable saddle" :D.

It's not for nothing to remember that while riding adds years to your life, we ride to add life to our years.

Riding your bike during winter: a game of layers!

Everyone knows by now: Winter is COMING!

In fact, winter is already here for us and the thought of leaving the bike at home is making us sad...

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Good thing we don't have to!

In the great battle with cold, we will be victorious!

No reason you can't beat cold too. Read on to find out how to keep warm on your bike no matter the weather.

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It's true that the winter cold can be daunting and uninviting.

Even the most passionate of riders would think twice before getting on the bike. But then you might remember how cycling in the cold is better for you, your health and your immune system and decide to do it anyway.

Yey for that!

We are here to help with a few practical advice. Yes, it's a bit more complicated to dress up for cold, but once you get the hang of it...well, it will still be a little more complicated.

We'll focus on how to STAY WARM.

That's what we all want during winter. It's essential and to do just that you need to focus on layering! Once you find the right combination of layers, any temperature can be conquered.

1. Start with a base layer, something that keeps you warm but does not keep the moisture in.

Believe it or not, you will sweat even when it is freezing outside. Oh, the wonders of the human body! The best base layers are sport-specific, made of futuristic materials and can be easily found in any sports store. Just look around until you find something that fits you well.Look for short or long-sleeved jersey and compression shorts. 
They also tend to feel very nice on the body!

2. HANDS.The extremities tend to get cold first .

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Protecting them is most important. A pair of good warm gloves are worth their weight in gold. Go waterproof to be safe, you really won't like soaked gloves when there's much to ride.

 

2. Keep your head warm!

Even with the helmet, your head is exposed to the cold air so you need a skullcap, headband, cap or beanie.

It's your choice, just keep your head warm!

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3. Winter jersey / fleeced-sweater or windbreaker.

The decision to go for something that is water-proof but less breathable versus choosing something that can get wet but let the air passes through is all yours. The best idea is to go and try what works for you best.

This layer could be the last one if it's not very very cold but if the conditions are really atrocious then you really need...

4.  JACKET!

A jacket is best to protect you again the elements like rain and snow but also to provide additional warmth if needed.

At first you might think that a jacket is always necessary but don't forget that you will always be a little cod when you start your ride and warm up as you go. You might even discover that you are too warm!

That's why, you might have a lightweight waterproof jacket with you in case it stars raining or it is easy to take off if you get too cold.

For the coldest of colds, a gore-tex type of jacket might be best. As always, go out and see what works best for you.

 

5. Shoe Covers

Invest in a high quality pair of shoe covers to slip over your boots and you will be able to ride more and not worry about the cold.

That's about it! It does not need to be expensive or stuffy to ride during the winter, once you have a few items, you have the bases covered and it's easy to mix. match and adapt to any weather out there. Trust us, the satisfaction to get home after riding in the cold is something else!

See you later!

Biking side effect: lose some weight!


Who does not want to lose a few pounds this year, please skip to the next blog post.
For the rest (all) of us... Hello and welcome!

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To get philosophical, weight loss is simple but not at all easy. Studies after studies have shown that it's a simple mathematical formula: calories in vs calories out. To lose weight you have two options:
Option A - lower the "calories in" which... sadly ... means eating less.
Option B: increase "calories out". Here's where biking can really help.

A lot of people go directly to Route A, the dreaded “dieting ". Ugh, just writing the word make me shudder. But honestly, we've all done it. With so many diet fads coming in and out of fashion, one must have captured our imagination and dietary habits - my sin was: low fat. Don’t judge me - only to have reality crushing our dreams. It's hard to keep a diet when you're hungry and all your favorite foods seems too outlawed.

That's suspicious if you ask me! But maybe there's a better way in trying a different route. And getting there by bike. The idea here is that at the moment you are not gaining weight but just want to lose a few, even a small bump into the "calories out" column will make a difference. Adding some exercise into your life will do just that.

Biking is one of the best exercise you can add because it can fit seamlessly into any lifestyle.

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Plus it is fun, practical, environmental-friendly and pretty fast. You need to make time for going to the gym, for running or anything else but you can bike to places you usually go by car. You can bike in weekends and you can go on all kinds of adventures by bike. Another thing that I like about it is that is very good for your body. It is easy to learn, easy to go for longer distances and easy on the joints. So how much weight can you lose by biking, really? Generally, to lose 1 pounds of fat you need to burn about 3500 calories knowing that, let's see how much can you burn by biking say 30 minutes to work.

We played around with this calculator [ http://www.bicycling.com/training/weight-loss/cycling-calories-burned-calculator ] and for example, a 50 kg person, going at a moderate-slow pace can burn up to 300 calories per hour.

That's pretty good! And if you add in the fact that the metabolism tends to burn even more after exercise - the so called "after burn effect - it's even a better deal. I like this math! One word of advice though: don't do that thing where you think that just because you biked somewhere you now deserve a triple chocolate lava cake with a side of ice-cream.

The whole idea is to keep everything else the same and just add some biking. As they say: you can't outbike a very large and yummy cake. I hope this helps and next time we're going to talk about more benefits to biking, outside and in the gym!

Luiza,
Creative Solutionist @ Bikeroo

How to Choose the Correct Bike Saddle

When you buy a bike, there is a chance that the original bike seat will not have enough padding. That means that you will feel all the shock through your lower back when riding your bike. This is the reason why you should make a research and choose the right saddle for you and your riding style. 

Find bellow some of the Bike Saddles that you'll find on the market and choose the correct one for you.

 

Racing saddles

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    These are long and narrow saddles, built for road riding and racing. Suitable for fast and continuous pedaling. Allow your body for full motion and prevent chaffing. These racing saddles are developed overtime to protect male’s sensitive areas. 

    Comfortable Bike Saddles

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    Extra wide and extra padded saddle that is designed for moderate pedaling on short-medium rides. Designed to allow easy pedaling and absorb shock vibrations from rough roads. 

    Cruiser Saddles

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    These are wider, padded saddles, suitable for leisure rides while sitting upright on the bike. These provide a lot of comfort due to support on both ends. The handlebar nature on cruiser bikes makes the rider sit upright which means the weight will be directly on the seat. The word cruising means you’ll ride on cruise so no need to pedal too quickly. Often use for children bikes.

     

    Gender specific bike saddles:

    Women

     Due to thick padding and dual spring suspension, this wider bike saddle design make it the best choice fort women anatomy in order to provide more comfort.

     

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    Men

    Designed for men's unique anatomy, with the hollow core and deep center cutout, this narrower saddle will provide you the comfort you need when road riding. You will feel no pressure on your prostate making sure that in time your sensitive area will not be affected 

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    Types of saddle cushioning

    Gel

    It usually molds to your body and provides you great comfort. If you choose to ride more on recreational or more casual, this type of cushion is well recommended. The only downside is that the gel tends to become compacted much easier than foam cushion.

    Foam

    It provides you flexible feel that can easily spring backs to shape. Road riders often uses it as it gives them much more support. For longer rides, firmer foams is much advisable to choose as it won’t compact easily compared to gel cushion.

     Some misconceptions about Bike Saddles 

    If you’re into biking, one of the most common complains you’ll hear are back aches and pains from sensitive areas of a rider’s body. It is not the fault of the saddle itself but rather because the saddle isn’t suitable in the cyclist’s physical structure or not properly adjusted. These are some of the factors and it’s essential to get knowledgeable how to set up your bike accordingly.

    Another misconception is that the seat is created to bear your entire weight, however, a saddle is designed to carry you but not entire weight. That’s the difference. Softer saddles don’t necessarily mean will provide you good comfort, as they usually are not required to use for long rides because it has lesser support for the body, makes you even more tired especially during longer rides.

    In the images bellow you will also find how the pressure points are applied based on your riding position.