Personalizing your bike can be one of most rewarding and fun you’ll have with your bike, after riding it of course.
Step One : Bike fitting
One of the most important things after you pick out your new bike is to make sure it fits you well. Find a reputable bike fitter in your area, or make the trip to come see me. A good bike fit takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours, going through many questions, test and movement on the bike. You should be comfortable on the bike as well as steady when you ride.
Once you get over the 5 or 10 mile breaking point, you will quickly learn that a good saddle is going to follow close behind bike fit of importance. Actually, they go pretty hand in hand but without a good bike fit, a good saddle will be useless. Try out many saddles, and do not settle!
The easiest and most inexpensive way to make your bike unique, and yours, is changing out the handlebar tape or grips. It adds more comfort once your padding has worn down, but it also can spice up your ride with different color options.
Continuing with the color importance, pick out a couple bottle cages that match step 3.
Tires can change your performance, bike handling and comfort. A basic $20 can wear out quickly, and roll very slow. While a $60 tire can be too slick or fast wearing. Find a tire that you can trust for whatever type of riding you may be doing.