10 best ways to make your bike more comfortable

Don't suffer in silence, there are plenty of ways to improve the comfort of your bike

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Discomfort on the bike is one of the biggest barriers to cycling. Beginners are often intimidated by the small and hard-looking saddles, the thin bike shorts, and aggressive riding positions. And it’s true - with the wrong setup, you can end up with saddle sores, numbness, back pain, neck knots, and more. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

In fact, cycling should be pleasurable. After all, you are exercising on the bike, escaping the business of life, and maybe even getting to take in some sweet sunshine. We have plenty of reasons to experience pain while cycling, whether it is the lactate in our legs or the burning sensation in our lungs - sitting on the bike should not be one of them. 

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 Zach is a freelance writer, the owner of ZNehr Coaching, and an elite-level rider in road, track, and Zwift racing. He writes about everything related to bikes, from product reviews and advertorials, to feature articles and pro data analytics in Power Analysis articles. You can find his articles everywhere from Cyclingnews and TrainingPeaks, to Velonews, CyclingTips, and Bicycle Guider. 

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Marian University-Indianapolis, Zach discovered a passion for writing that soon turned into a full-fledged career. In between articles, Zach spends his time working with endurance athletes of all levels at ZNehr Coaching. After entering cycling at age 17, Zach went on to have a wonderful road racing career that included a Collegiate National Time Trial Championship and a 9th place finish at the US Pro National Time Trial Championships. Nowadays, Zach spends most of his ride time indoors, where he races for NeXT eSport pb Enshored in the Zwift Racing League – Premier Division.