Bike shopping from home
Despite social distancing and other changes in our day-to-day routines, finding the perfect bike is as important as ever. Maybe even more so!
Sidesaddle's goal has always been to match you with a bike that will be comfortable, fun, and meet your needs in the long term. By moving parts of the bike shopping process from in-store to online, we can meet those goals with minimal social contact.
Tell us your hopes, dreams, must-haves, and deal-breakers by taking the New Bike Survey. The survey also includes your basic body measurements. Feel free to skip any sections you aren't sure about yet.
With that info we can narrow your search down to two or three best options and email you a shortlist of bikes that are right for your body, budget, and cycling style.
Take your time with those options, ask us any questions that come up, and when you're ready, book an appointment to come back for some test rides.
What body measurements do you need, and how do I take them?
We only need your inseam, sternal notch height, arm, and foot length. Taking these measurements at home is easy. View instructions here.
How will I know which bike is right for me without trying all the options?
Road testing is important, but there are many factors that determine if a bicycle will suit you in the long term. We'd rather eliminate bikes that won't meet your riding needs, proportions or budget ahead of time so that when you come in for test rides, we can be ready with a small custom selection of bikes we know you'll like. All you have to do is decide which one you love! Think of it as the difference between a personalized matchmaking service and speed dating.
But how will YOU know which bikes are right for me?
We're bike nerds! We love bikes, and love getting people on bikes they love, so our approach is more "scientific process" than "trial-and-error."
More specifically: we enter your measurements into our bike fit software to calculate the frame size and geometry that's ideal for your proportions. We use that data, info from the New Bike Survey, and our knowledge and experience as bicycle matchmakers to help determine which models to recommend.
Have a question that isn't answered here? Contact us with any further inquiries about our bikes or shopping from home!