Sick of spending hours picking out a saddle that just ends up hurting your back or chafing your bits anyway? Then check out Bike Fit Box’s new Bike Saddle Box feature. The first-of-its-kind program lets you choose a few saddles to try and then sends them to your door for you to test on your own bike.
And it’s all relatively risk-free. You’re on the hook for a rental fee, and of course, damaged units are your responsibility. On the other hand, you’ll get a discounted rate if you decide to keep any of them.
“Cyclists can test ride these saddles at home on their own bike for as many rides as they like,” said Bike Fit Box Founder Brady Irwin. “[K]eep what you love, send back what you don’t. It’s that simple — and should always be this simple — to make your next ride more comfortable.”
What You Get: Bike Saddle Box Terms
Riders can cherry-pick from over 40 saddle choices with Bike Saddle Box. A wide range of fits, widths, and styles are available along a pricing scale up to the neighborhood of MSRP $300. Represented brands include Selle Italia, Fitzik, Prologo, ISM, Origin8, and more.
To get started with the box program, choose at least two saddles from the product catalog. Then, select the rental option during checkout. The process lets you pick your dates, then determines a rate and voilà — a stable of test units appear at your door.
Rental prices can vary depending on the saddle. For instance, the relatively rudimentary Origin8 Throne goes for $25, but the titanium-and-carbon Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Superflow rents for $75.
Either way, pricing is straightforward and no-nonsense. All you do is pick your units and your dates, load up your cart and wait.
At the moment, Bike Saddle Box gives you the best control over your saddle spec. Sure, you’ll need some extra coin for rental fees, but doesn’t it seem worth cutting out the hassle and/or return costs for gear that doesn’t work?
Check out its web page for more details and full user terms.