My friend just bought a custom bicycles.How do I know if I need a custom bike?
Anybody can benefit from a custom bike. Not only does a custom bike fit you to a "T," it will also be built of materials which reflect your body and riding style. Most non-custom bikes are built to suit the "typical" customer, which probably isn't you. For women, this usually means "non-custom" bikes (any bike you purchase off the floor from a bike shop) are usually overbuilt, that is, they are too heavy and use huge diameter tubing which makes them too stiff. Because a big bike manufacturer doesn't know if you weigh 100 pounds or 300 pounds, they tend to build your bike for the 300 pounder. Why should you be carrying around all that extra frame weight?
Another thing to consider in determining whether you need a custom bike is your level of satisfaction with your current or past bikes. If you find yourself always wishing for a little more comfort, constantly "tweaking" the bike so that it fits better, or experience pain which goes beyond an initial "getting in cycling shape" period, you should consider a custom frame.
Dec 21, 2010 |