Cycling Hand Numbness – Handlebar Tape Matters

Hand numbness, pain or soreness. We hear it frequently! You have 5 key points of contact on the road and gravel bike. With your hands being two of those we want to make sure that you are comfortable and to do that it is important to pay attention to the details! 

One of the details that many manufacturers and your LBS may not pay attention to is the way that the handlebars are wrapped. It sounds silly but when looking at the hoods on your bike a few millimeters of deviation from the original design of a part can lead to discomfort.

This new bike with SRAM Force AXS is a perfect example of how the details can improve comfort. Our rider came in with excess pressure on the ulnar (pinky) side of their palm. Upon closer inspection we noticed that the handlebars came improperly wrapped from the manufacturer. 

By rewrapping the handlebars it allowed the hood covers to properly seat with the hoods. This simple adjustment smoothed the transition of the hoods into the handlebar and reduced a number that went 1/4 of the way up the hood. 

If you have any questions about your fit contact us at! If you are looking for comfort and efficiency on your bike, book a virtual fit with us.

How do I Measure Bike Saddle Width?

It may sound silly but one of the greatest starting points in selecting a saddle is to find the proper bicycle saddle width.

YEP! You measure your BUTT! Don’t worry though, you can keep your pants on. Follow this quick video tutorial on how to measure saddle width and let’s get you riding more comfortably ASAP.

Alright, now that you know what to do you can go out and get your saddle width supplies or you can order one directly from our us and have them shipped directly to your door.

Then, find that saddle that fits your width needs!

If you have any questions or need any help please contact us we would love to see you more comfortable on your next ride!

Do I need to have a bike fit for my Peloton?

Some Peloton riders may be unaware of what a bicycle fit is. If you are here it is likely you have heard of a bike fit and you are wondering, “Do I need a bike fit for my Peloton?” We believe that once you purchase your Peloton a bike fit is one of the best investments you can make to your riding enjoyment and your longevity in riding. 

You bought an amazing piece of equipment to help improve your fitness and your overall health and we LOVE it! Let’s pair the great benefits of indoor cycling with a fit and you will see the added benefits of increased pedaling efficiency, a reduced risk of overuse injury, improved overall comfort and subsequently you will enjoy riding your Peloton more and because of this are likely to want to to so more often!

How do you get a bike fit on a bike in your home? There are two ways to go about it. You can find a local bike fit specialist in your area and they can come to your home and fit you on your bike or you can book a virtual fitting with us! We send you a package with the key elements that allow us to take measurements while you pedal and then during our allotted time we will virtually meet with you and help you set your Peloton up for your specific cycling needs.

Schedule and appointment now or contact us with any questions you may have.

Why does the proper width saddle still hurt?

Have you visited your LBS and been measured for your saddle width? Did you follow the instructions in our video that walks you through how to measure your sit bone width at home instead? If you have done one of these steps and are still experience numbness or saddle pain it is time to turn that one dimensional saddle width approach into a 3-dimensional perspective!

We have found over the years that saddle width, even though is a great place to begin, does not always determine that your saddle will or will not be the perfect fit for you.

Watch our our video to see what considerations you may need to factor in to find the saddle that you are comfortable on for the long haul!

So, you have watched the video now it is time to assess your saddle!

Is the profile of your saddle flat or does it have more of a hammocked shape?

Do you notice a significant amount of curvature of the saddle or is it a pretty flat saddle from side to side?

Each of these aspects can impact your comfort. Often times, beginning with the curvature of the saddle is a good place to start and you will find that by changing to the other shape may just be the way to resolve your discomfort. Don’t feel that you have to live with pain. You can demo sdaddles from us or even purchase direct from our site!

What bicycle saddle size do I need?

Bicycle saddle width has become an industry standard for a method of selecting which bicycle seat will be the best fit for your riding needs. In this video you can learn how to use a bicycle saddle width kit. If you do not have the supplies for a saddle width measurement kit you can order one from us and have the supplies shipped directly to your do!

Once you have taken that measurement you can head over to our Saddle Width Calculator and find out which width range you should be looking at for your bicycle saddle as well as what saddle choices may be best for you!

What Size Road Bike Should I Get?

For many people new to riding a road bike it can be rather overwhelming as to which one to get. Not only are we looking at the color and the components but more importantly, we want our investment to fit and be comfortable. There are SO many options though, where do you start? Endurance, Climbing and Aero. Small, Medium or Large. 52, 54, 56. Not to mention that each manufacturer has different geometry that can slightly impact the fit of the bike. There are SO many options and each of them means something different to each rider.

First and foremost, let’s keep it basic and help guide you along the way.  Here is a simple chart that can help you roughly find the size of bike that you should be looking for if you are in the market. Many people will find one size bike that fits and feels best to them, but for some you can go between two different sizes of bikes and make slight adjustments to parts that will make that bike fit you like a glove. So, if you are looking for a quick reference here is one for you:

48cmX-SMALL4’10”5’ 2”
50cmSMALL5’ 1”5’ 5”
52cmSMALL/MEDIUM5’ 5”5’ 7”
54cmMEDIUM5’ 7”5’ 10”
56cmLARGE5’ 10”6’ 1”
58CMLARGE/XL6’ 0”6’ 3”
60CMXL6’ 3”6’ 5”

Is Inseam Length a Good Way to Set Seat Height?

There are several fit methods that exist where either inseam length or leg length is used to determine seat height based off an equation.  While inseam could help you determine a reasonable seat height we do not feel it is an optimal or even a viable option for finding your seat height.

When initially hearing the thought behind these methods, they make sense.  Your leg extension is the primary factor in the equation of saddle height and based on a fraction of this you could feasibly create an accurate saddle height.

Though, upon greater inspection and comparison with motion capture of how individuals interact with a bicycle, it has become evident that there are many factors not able to be considered when solely using inseam length/leg length.  These factors include the three key angles (ankle, knee & hip) that vary from one cyclist to the next. Plus, you must consider where you sit on the saddle as well as pelvic rotation.

For these reasons, we find it very difficult to believe that one simple measurement could take all of these factors into consideration.

5 Reasons You Need A Bicycle Fit

Too often, we hear stories of athletes who have been dealing with debilitating pain, recurring injuries, or other symptoms that sound more like they are riding a medieval torture device than a bicycle.

Our goal at Bike Fit Box is to provide athletes with the fit they need to enjoy a lifetime of cycling.  Here are five signs that it’s time to see how a bike fit can be beneficial to your cycling longevity:

Joint Pain

Cycling is a minimal weight-bearing form of exercise and any joint pain should be immediately assessed. If you’re feeling discomfort in your joints during and after your ride, it’s time to schedule a fit.

Saddle Pain

Saddle sores, excessive soft tissue pressure, and numbness are all factors that are indicative of an improper fitting.  These symptoms quite often immediately lead to the assumption that the incorrect saddle has been picked. This however is not always correct and saddle comfort can be improved by bicycle fit!


When you hear the two words “cycling” and “numbness” in the same sentence, what comes to mind? More than likely, you thought of groin numbness.  That can be a terrible sensation, and it is a concerning one. Numbness can arise is the hands and feet as well. No matter where you may experience numbness, it is indicative of nerve trauma and should be resolved as quickly as possible. A bike fit can help you avoid irreparable damage.


Cycling is a repetitive sport that occurs predominantly in one plane of motion.  At 90 RPM, you are asking your body to repeat the same motion 5,400 times in an hour of cycling.  That repetitive movement is asking a lot of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. If your bicycle fit is not correct, you are placing the tendons, which connect your muscles to your bones and provide the needed leverage to pedal, under greater strain than necessary.

Cycling Economy

The body is a series of levers and hinges. In order to make them function effectively and efficiently, each of those hinges needs to perform in optimal ranges.  A fit is the optimization of these movements to improve your efficiency. It is an amazing sensation when your bike fit is perfected. You can’t beat the feel of the wind in your face and the smoothness in your pedal stroke as you glide with less effort!

Ready to schedule your bike fit? If you desire an at-home fitting anywhere in the US, try Bike Fit Box!

Take A Seat

One of the most frequent questions our expert bike fitters get asked is, “Where should I be sitting on the bike saddle?”

The short answer: there is no one right place for a rider to sit on their bike saddle.

Why? To achieve the best performance and comfort, you’ll find that your position on the bike seat changes throughout each and every ride. It’s all about adaptability. Your riding style, your bike’s saddle, and your own body will determine how your posterior meets the seat. Understanding how these affect placement will help you find the sweet spot.

First, consider the way that you ride. For example, when a road cyclist is riding in the hoods, their pelvis will be rotated more anteriorly or more backward. Due to this, they’re going to gravitate to a wider portion of the saddle as they’re on the ischial tuberosity (AKA the sit bones.) However, as the position becomes more aggressive (as the ride becomes more intense,) that same rider will rotate their pelvis more forward. At that point, the saddle pressure goes to a narrower spot in the ischium causing them to shift forward on the saddle.

Second, take a look at your own saddle! Is it designed to match your riding style? Is it a traditional road bike saddle designed for multiple positions, a noseless saddle geared towards a more “aggressive” riding style, or maybe you are riding a more cushioned saddle designed for fitness riding and a more upright posture?

Finally, listen to your body on the ride. Try out different positions. Get to know what feels more sensitive and what positions offer you more longevity. Do those positions that feel the best support your ability to maintain your desired posture? 

If you’re still struggling, it’s probably time for a professional bike fit. Your saddle is just one element of creating the right angles and positioning for a comfortable and efficient ride.

Is A Noseless Saddle Right For You?

In the last ten years, we have seen an increasing trend in saddle manufacturers to create a short or no nose saddle.  These saddles originated in Pro Tour TTs as athletes began cutting the nose of saddles off to make their seat fore/aft position meet UCI regulations. It later caught traction in triathlon due to the improved comfort and is now prominent in the road and off-road scenes.

Many cyclists wonder, “Will a noseless saddle work for me?” Here are some changes you might see if you switch to this saddle style.

Aggressive position

In this situation, the wider front of a noseless saddle provides greater support of the ischial rami and helps to alleviate numbness in many circumstances.

Further forward saddle position

Most riders sit further forward on a noseless saddle. This naturally moves the rider forward in relation to the saddle rails and provides an increased forward placement of the rider.

No more irritation from the saddle nose

For some cyclists the longer nose of a traditional saddle has a tendency to get in the way. By switching to a noseless saddle you can reduce chaffing in both the thigh and groin.

Curious about your bike saddle and how it affects the way you ride your bike? Learn more about our bike fitting services where we can dial in your saddle, cleats and cockpit for the ultimate riding experience.