Bike Seat Comfort
Take a moment to look at your bike and your bike seat. You need to sit on that seat, your weight will be transferred through your tissues and structures that make contact with the seat for reasonably long periods. It shouldn’t really surprise us that finding comfort on your bike seat may be challenging. What this tells me is to create a level of comfort you need to do ‘comfort on your bike seat’ really well – with a lot of precision. One of components you need to consider, is how are you pedaling
For a complete list on how to help yourself please see Comfort on your Bike Seat… What are your options?
Pedalling and Bike Seat Comfort
A good pedalling technique will help support comfort on the seat.. see Pedalling Technique .
There are 3 key considerations around pedalling and your comfort on your bike seat.
Alignment when you pedal.
We need your hip knee and ankle to be in alignment when you pedal. The most common issue is the knee falling slightly inwards. Without this correct alignment you can cause chaffing between your bike seat and your inner thigh.
Good pedaling alignment.
Isolate the movement to the legs.
You want your pedalling action to occur only at your hip, knee and ankle. We want to eliminate any movement of the spine and pelvis This is only possible if you have a strong and stable ‘A ‘ riding position and your bike saddle is positioned correctly. Isolating your pedalling to your legs reduces any pressure on structures in and around the bike seat
Smooth action – your left and right leg are equal
Again we are wanting to reduce any areas of increased pressure on and around the bike seat. Having a smooth pedalling technique that focuses on precision and control through the movement will support your bike seat comfort. The left and right side should contribute equally to the pedalling action.
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