Unisex bike, men's saddle

Garry Booth
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Unisex bike, men's saddle

Postby Garry Booth » 3 Jun 2020, 7:55pm

My partner ordered herself a Ridgeback Expedition from a well known independent bike shop in the North of England. She asked quite reasonably I thought if it could be fitted with an off the shelf women specific saddle, rather than the off the shelf men specific saddle. The shop said yes, but she would have to pay exra for the women's saddle. To me, the bike's geometry doesn't make it a 'man's bike' so why should she have to pay extra for the perch? Or am I missing something?

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Re: Unisex bike, men's saddle

Postby Paulatic » 3 Jun 2020, 7:58pm

Garry Booth wrote:My partner ordered herself a Ridgeback Expedition from a well known independent bike shop in the North of England. She asked quite reasonably I thought if it could be fitted with an off the shelf women specific saddle, rather than the off the shelf men specific saddle. The shop said yes, but she would have to pay exra for the women's saddle. To me, the bike's geometry doesn't make it a 'man's bike' so why should she have to pay extra for the perch? Or am I missing something?

You aren’t missing anything but if I was your partner then a well known independent bike shop in the North of England might easily be missing a sale.
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Re: Unisex bike, men's saddle

Postby bogmyrtle » 4 Jun 2020, 8:59am

I bought my Ridgeback Panorama from an independent shop in the North West of Englandshire. They made a few adaptations including a change of saddle for no extra cost.
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Re: Unisex bike, men's saddle

Postby pjclinch » 18 Jun 2020, 8:15pm

My guess (and it's just a guess) is that they get bikes from Brand X as they are sold, and that'll be with a standard saddle. If Brand X don't offer a saddle choice then it will cost the shop more to change it. Whether they choose (as Bogmyrtle's supplier did) to go that extra mile and cut their margin a bit is because they're a good shop, but there's nothing obliging them to do that.

Even if the well known independent bike shop in the North of England isn't missing a sale they might be missing some repeat business. Good shops understand the value of repeat business. You also might have a moan at Ridgeback about why there isn't a ladies' saddle as a standard option on any bike they sell. If enough people ask it'll happen.

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