We will be posting current new and used bikes here on a regular basis. The used bikes that we sell come to us as donations which we then refurbish, replacing parts where needed. Here are a few recent additions to the shop:
This one is a lovely little (53cm) Raleigh Racer converted to single speed with coaster brake ($475).
Above is a lugged steel Centurion that in it’s previous life was a ten speed and currently has become a stylish city bike with upright gentlemen’s handlebars (56cm – $425).
Here is a Schwinn Traveller that’s been stripped to the frame and rebuilt as a super classy single speed with new everything including 700c wheel conversion, Nitto bar and stem, and Brooks leather saddle (58cm – $575). (Sold)
It’s not uncommon for customers to walk into a bike shop and request the “most comfortable saddle” available. Clearly, they’ve suffered long rides perched on whatever torture device disguised as bike seat they’ve been using and have had quite enough. From a bicycle shop employee’s perspective, directing one towards the perfect saddle is an art in subtle information gathering. The Holy Grail equivalent of a bike saddle for one person could be a painful ride home for another. The main thing to consider when choosing a saddle is:
How is your body positioned on the bike?
If you are sitting in a upright position on your bike as on a cruiser, an old city bike or a hybrid, you should likely look for something adequately padded to compensate for the direct pressure you’re putting on your sit bones.
On the other hand, if you are riding more of a performance oriented bike such as a road bike, mountain bike, or road hybrid and your weight is distributed over the frame, a heavily padded saddle usually isn’t necessary. That being said, the narrow, lightweight saddles that you see on many road bikes are intended to be used in conjunction with cycling shorts that incorporate a chamois pad sewn in to protect delicate areas.
There are many saddles on the market utilizing all kinds of technology: gel padding, relief channels, carbon fiber rails, etc. There are advantages inherent to all of these but one thing is certain; the general level of quality, comfort, and aesthetics in bicycle saddles has gone up, resulting in a wide array of good saddles at affordable price points. Currently, we have a great selection of saddles in stock from the super cushy to traditional tensioned leather to ultra light performance. Stop by and check them out. We’ll be posting some of our favorites here.
Hello everyone! Well, we’ve gone and done it, Pedal Revolution has a blog. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to check out our new website if you’ve made it this far. The blog is where you will find current information about the shop, what we sell and our social mission. Updates about new products, new bikes and frames, custom bike builds, product reviews, helpful cycling tips, and general San Francisco cycling community information will be posted. New items and bikes are showing up everyday at Pedal Rev so check back often or stop by the shop to see what’s new!
Summertime is here! Ride safe!