You’ve bought the bike, but unless you plumped for a custom-built frame, its factory-freshness means it’s exactly the same as thousands of others. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s lots of scope for really making a bike your own.
There are two main reasons why you might want to get customising – to achieve more tailor-made comfort while you’re riding, and to make your machine stand out from the crowd. It’s up to you whether you make a few inexpensive changes, or go to town with posh upgrades and bespoke components.
Here are some ways in which you can tailor your bike and stand out from the crowd.
“The most important change I make to any new bike is the saddle. It’s important to get the right fit for me, as I’ll be spending a lot of time perched on it! It’s easy to think that a really soft spongy saddle will be most comfortable – but quite often it’s the opposite.”
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