Everyone worries about the saddle on a bicycle. It is the sore spot for many! But finding the right saddle is not always simple.

Just simply putting a tractor saddle on a bike doesnt make it comfortable. There is a trade off on wide versus supportive.  If a saddle becomes too wide, as you pedal, the back of your thighs push you forward off the seat.

Also, soft sounds great. But, if it is too soft, it will wrinkle. Wrinkles will create pressure points. The same way that loose clothing can be an issue.

We feel the best cruiser seat is from a company called GrandStar, a maker in Taiwan. We equip this saddle on every Soul Beach Cruiser we make!  It features two layers of dense foam, and a quilted top which give a soft feel, but does not distort.

We use a rubber spring in our seat as well. Springs start to make noise after a while, rubber is nice and quiet! This combination of foam, quilting and rubber springs give comfortable support where it is needed.

Adjustment is always necessary.  Generally, you start with the saddle level to the ground. You can take a straight edge or level, and ensure that the nose and the tail are even. If the rear springs settle too much, pointing the nose up, then readjust the saddle to have a 1/4″ nose down angle. Having the saddle relatively flat like this prevents you from sliding forward or backwards excessively.

There will always be a ton of debate about which bike parts are right, or wrong. But we have to separate looks over functionality.  Many people are hung up on looks, and think that something can function rather than understanding how things work.

We have been riding bikes since the 1970’s. Hundreds of thousands of miles actually. We have experienced just about every bike design ever generated. And, while not everyone is the same, there are a few things that are pretty universal.

Handlebars need to be strong. If your bars are slipping, they flex, or could bend easily, you lack control. Flat out. Thus, we are not be proponents of ape hanger bars.  With 15″ of rise, on just a 7/8th inch or 22.2 diameter tube, there isnt much strength there. With the added leverage we actually see stems bend and fail.

Traditional cruiser bars are awesome. Until you have to turn, then you will see the issue.  It is also why you see sweep bars turned up at a 45 degree angle. If you turn sharp, you stab yourself in the thigh, and probably end up having an issue. Also, we dont think a sweep bar is all that great ergonomically.  Generally, you push with your palms, so steering is makes more sense if your hands are perpendicular to the ground in front of you.

We designed a mid rise BMX style bar for our bikes.  We add the crossbar for strength as well.  The bar has 7″ of rise, and paired with a reasonable stem height most riders will feel well balance ergonomically.  If you get your hands too high, the blood will flow out of them, and your arms get tired easier.