Comfortable Cycling: 5 Tips for Complete Beginners 

Cycling is one of the most popular sports. It’s loved not only among betters but also among those who want to get in shape and get healthier. However, some people give up cycling after the first walk because they feel uncomfortable. Want to avoid this? Then follow these tips.

Solve the Problem of a Chafing Saddle

Buy cycling shorts with a thick insert, wider than the saddle, that covers all the problem areas. These shorts come in Lycra and durable nylon. The insert is made of polyurethane foam or gel.

Adjust Seat Height

Some people give up cycling because after half an hour of riding, they get very tired with thigh muscles and aching knees. Most often the main reason for this is a low riding position, such that the knees do not fully straighten and bend to a dangerous acute angle. The only way out is to adjust the saddle.

Find the circular clamp at the bottom of the seat tube. Relax this clamp so that the seat can be moved up and down. Sitting on the bike, place one foot on the curb and the heel of the other foot on the pedal, lowered to the lowest point. Now fully straighten your leg on the pedal. This is the position you should be riding in! Check that the saddle is pointing straight ahead and then tighten the seatpost clamp.

Adjust Your Handlebars to a Comfortable Position

A wrong riding position can lead to lower back pain. Adjust your saddle and experiment with the handlebar height. Newbies believe that the higher the handlebar, the more comfortable it is. This is true if you don’t have lumbar problems. Otherwise, a high steering wheel will put more pressure on that area. It is better to lower the handlebars a bit and transfer some of the weight to your hands.

Protect Yourself From Bruised Buttocks

This is a common problem with road bumps on bicycles without a rear shock absorber. There are three ways to fix this problem:

  • Bicycle shorts with an insert that saves you from chafing and bruising.
  • A more comfortable saddle.
  • Changing tires, as mountain bike racing pros do. Wide, soft rubber is a great replacement for the rear shock absorber.

Distribute Large Luggage

Groceries and plaid may be needed on long trips. But don’t cram it all into your backpack: it’ll chafe your back and squeeze your shoulders. Use bicycle luggage racks.

It is better to distribute the load evenly over the entire surface of the bicycle. In front you can put a trunk in the form of a basket, hang a special narrow bag under the frame, where it is convenient to put non-broad objects. For the rear wheels a backpack with two halves hanging down on the right and left of the wheel will suit. Heavy loads are better sent to the front carrier.

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