Indoor cycling seats can be more comfortable by adjusting the handlebar and proper positioning of the bike seat. A fine pair of padded shorts, chafing cream and comfortable seat cover can greatly reduce your seat pain.
Exercise bikes are like road bikes in some features but they are more sophisticated machines for workout. With exercise bikes you can surely reduce weight and burn some calories but at the same time you also feel some seat pain.
Tips to Make Exercise Bike Seat More Comfortable for You
Having seat pain after some ride on an exercise bike is an unavoidable truth like life and death but with some precautions and adjustments you can minimize it at a greater level.
Adjust Your Seat
Experts believe that one of the most common and often overlooked reasons for indoor bike seat pain is that the bike seat is too low or too high. If both of the above conditions occur, your legs cannot fully support your weight when you step on the pedals.
To avoid seat pain you can adjust your seats on comfort level. Bike seat at an uncomfortable height can exert pressure on some bones around the pelvis which can cause some serious pain.’
Set Up Handlebar Properly
If the handlebars are set lower, we can feel more sporty or faster. However, you actually want to keep the handlebars in a higher position when cycling indoors. It will help you maintain better posture, increase your physical strength, and prevent back pain.
Some experts recommend sitting in the saddle with a pedal at the lower end of the spin (at the 6 o’clock position on the clock face). You should be able to keep your feet flat, place your heels on the pedals, and bend your knees slightly.
Fine Pair Of Padded Shorts
You may sometimes wear worn leggings for certain exercises, such as Pilates or yoga. However, experts say indoor cycling requires special shorts. One of the best short is Bib short which is used by most experienced riders. They are much more comfortable to wear for long periods regardless of whether you are riding or doing any other workout.
Experts say using Bib shorts riders don’t cut off blood flow in the intestines. But it is a fact that not everyone feels comfortable wearing tights. It is recommended to wear basketball shorts in that case. Just make sure they have a belt or a good belt to keep basketball shorts from falling.
Certified personal trainer Danielle Girdano recommends investing in a pair of gel shorts. â€œDue to sweat and pressure, the foam will break down easily and quickly. But the gel will last longer and provide a more comfortable riding experience,â€ she added.
Use Anti-Chafing Cream
A common complaint among stationary cyclists is abrasions on the inside of the thigh.
This is due to the friction of the skin on your thighs when you step on the pedal and as your legs move up and down. If you have experienced it before, it will be very painful. Your skin may be red and you may feel like you are burning.
Many cycling professionals recommend chamois cream as anti-chafing cream. A small amount of this cream can drastically reduce the friction that can occur when having a bowel movement.
Anti-chafing cream is ideally paired with cycling shorts, you can also pair it with underwear and regular fitness equipment but make sure they are soft enough for prevent friction. Although experts recommend cycling shorts.
You can apply the cream directly to the liner with your fingers, preferably in the middle of most rubbing. Or, you can apply it directly to your lower area.
Comfortable Seat Cover
If you experience severe pain when cycling indoors, you can choose to purchase removable bike seat covers from many stores and online retailers. These covers reduce pressure exerted on butts directly and soften your seat.
These covers not only cushion your seat but also widen it. It is possible to buy online but it is recommended to check out the different brands and varieties in the store before purchasing online.
Exercise bikes are the best way to burn some calories and reduce your weight, especially in a pandemic where you canâ€™t go outside sometimes. Riding an exercise bike is not that easy as it can cause some serious seat pain.
Above we discuss different ways to minimize pain while doing indoor cycling. We should take account of these things to get rid of pain. You should at least wear proper shorts and adjust your seats before indoor cycling.