10 Tips On How To Make Your Bike More Comfortable

If you’ve just got a bike or you’ve had one for a while but you are looking for new and improved ways to increase the comfort you experience while riding the bikes, then I am happy to say you have come to the right place.

In this particular review post, you’re going to find ten of the most important tips and tricks that you can use in order to increase the comfort of your bike.

You might find that you have already tried some of these techniques and that’s okay! Chances are good that not all of this tips and tricks are going to work for everybody, but it can make a big difference if even just one works for you.

1. Fitting Your Bike

Fitting Your BikeThe first and easiest way to improve the comfort of your bike starts the moment you try to find a bike that you’re going to want to use day in and day out. When buying your bike, try and go to a professional who will fit you to your bike ad can tell you everything you need to know about your bike.

If you already have a bike, you can still go to a professional because they can measure you and address any specific issues that you might have. They can easily spot these individual issues and work to correct them for you so you can experience the most comfort when it comes to riding your bike. It might be a little costly, but the extra comfort is certainly worth it.

2. Clean Your Bike

Clean Your Bike

You might not think that keeping your bike clean and washing it often is going to help improve the comfort you experience from the bike but it can actually help to make a huge difference overall. For example, you’re going to find that how easy the bike is to ride plays a big part in the comfort of it and keeping your bike washed and clean is a great way to make sure that it always shifts smoothly.

It breaks easily and it is tuned up with all the features and specifications that it should have when you take it out. It might not seem like much, but a clean bike can heel great when you’re riding it, which is a big boost to your overall comfort while on it.

3. Change Your Cables And Housing

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This is another one that you might not notice right away, but the cables and the housing on your bike are often the first things to get dirty, greasy and grimy and that can really slow down the performance of your bike as a whole. In some cases, you’ll find that the dirty and sticky cables lead to sluggish and troublesome shifting and can cause great discomfort when you try to shit.

The smooth and clean cables you would have with new ones can help to greatly reduce the shifting effort and give you the better precision that makes the ride better. You should do everything you can to replace the cables on a regular basis and make sure everything stays clean and properly lubed.

4. Wear The Right Cleats

Wear The Right CleatsIf you’re serious about cycling and you want to get some of the best results that you’re going to find out of them all, then you need to make sure you are wearing cleats. However, you should make sure that the cleats are the right ones and work to give you better results.

If it is at all possible, make sure you have your cleats professionally adjusted because if they don’t fit right you will lose power and you can even risk injury. While you could adjust on your own if you want to, it is strongly recommended that you go to a professionally to do the adjustments for you since they know what they are doing and can ensure you get the right results at all times.

If it is at all possible, make sure you have your cleats professionally adjusted because if they don’t fit right you will lose power and you can even risk injury. While you could adjust on your own if you want to, it is strongly recommended that you go to a professionally to do the adjustments for you since they know what they are doing and can ensure you get the right results at all times.

5. Handlebars

Most people take the handlebars on their bike for granted but the truth is that they play a critical role in the quality and the comfort you experience every time you go for a ride. Luckily for bike riders everywhere, the shaped and sizes and comfort of the handlebar is second to none in the world today and it has gotten a lot better overall.

If it’s the right handlebar for you, you’re going to find that it puts your hand in the proper position to support your upper body without putting a ton of strain on your wrist, neck or shoulder. Lastly, be sure that they can balance the weight of the rider between the front and back wheels to get the best handling and results you can find.

If it’s the right handlebar for you, you’re going to find that it puts your hand in the proper position to support your upper body without putting a ton of strain on your wrist, neck or shoulder. Lastly, be sure that they can balance the weight of the rider between the front and back wheels to get the best handling and results you can find.

6. Bike Seat

Bike SeatWhen you buy a bike, one of the first complaints that you and most other people are going to make has to do with the saddle and bike seat they are sitting on for their ride.

As you already know, the bike seat is one of the more personal parts of the bike you are riding so it might take you a lot of time to find the best seat for you but it’s important to understand that odds are good the first bike seat you try isn’t going to be the best one for you.

Make sure you spend as much time as you can to get the right size for you. Your first thought will be to go for a wider saddle with a lot of padding, but that can put pressure in the wrong places and can lead to a lot of discomforts overall, so steer clear of those types of bike seats as long as you can.

Make sure you spend as much time as you can to get the right size for you. Your first thought will be to go for a wider saddle with a lot of padding, but that can put pressure in the wrong places and can lead to a lot of discomforts overall, so steer clear of those types of bike seats as long as you can.

7. Brake Levers

Brake LeversAs you have probably already noticed from the parts discussed already, we’re slowly working our way through all of the different parts of the bike and now we are going to move onto the brake and shift levers.

Most of the brake or shift levers you find are going to be positioned on the handlebar but you will find that some of them are positions at bad angles and can be very uncomfortable to use when you are on your bike. If you can choose the option of adjustable levers on your handlebars, you’re going to find it can really benefit you and provide you with more customizing options and comfort.

8. Wrap And Padding For Handlebars

Handlebars

While we mentioned the handlebars earlier, there is even more that you can and should consider when it comes to picking out the handlebars on your bike. If you happen to be stuck with the handlebars you have, don’t worry! There are still plenty of adjustments you can make to ensure you get the best handlebars with comfortable grips.

The padding on your handlebars can easily be changed or modified and you can use either regular or gel tape to tape up the handlebars and improve your comfort. If you want even more comfort, try and add two or three layers of tape to get the best results. However, I recommend starting with just one layer of tape to see how it works for you and then add on from there if you feel it is necessary to do so.

The padding on your handlebars can easily be changed or modified and you can use either regular or gel tape to tape up the handlebars and improve your comfort. If you want even more comfort, try and add two or three layers of tape to get the best results. However, I recommend starting with just one layer of tape to see how it works for you and then add on from there if you feel it is necessary to do so.

9. Reverse Your Stem

If you reverse the stem on your bike, it can work to raise the handlebars into a more comfortable position overall. Almost all stems can be flipped to give you two different handlebar angles as one is more aggressive and flat and another is angled upward more to help alleviate the stress on the lower back. If you don’t know which way is going to be more comfortable for you, then you should try both of the options to try and get a feel for which is best for you.

10. Tires

TiresThe tires of a bike are pretty important for you to keep in mind because the most common road bike tire you will find is 23mm as most people thought that the skinnier the tire was, the less roll resistance it would have.

However, the 25mm tires are becoming more popular because they have less rolling resistance and are much better in terms of aerodynamics. While you can choose between which one is the best fit for you, it’s good to know that you have the option of two different tires to determine which one is going to be best for you.

Conclusion

While you might not have realized it before, just looking at the top of this post shows you that there are a lot of things you can do to improve the comfort of your bike as a whole! Remember, not all of the things talked about above are going to be a great solution for you but it can be a great step in the right direction.

While you might be one of the lucky ones who loves the bike they ride, these particular tips can be a big help if you happen to be on the lookout for other bikes that will fit you better overall.

About the Author Matthew R. Duncan

I am proud to be the go-to guy among my circle for bike advice. I take it personally when someone I know buys a new bike without consulting me first!

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