How To Make Your Road Bike More Comfortable

How To Make Your Road Bike More Comfortable

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This video shows you how to maximise your comfort on your road bike.

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You might think of comfort as second to aerodynamics, stiffness, or flat-out speed, but, we’d beg to differ. If you’re not comfortable on your bike, you won’t be able to be able of those things. So, get comfortable, then get fast and aero, with the help of the tips in this video.

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50 Comments

  1. Andrew Cook on August 7, 2019 at 2:14 am

    I find road bike saddles EXCRUTIATING!!! Spesh for a new rider. Wish there was a saddle shop where u could test them all out



  2. didi dudu on August 7, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Great



  3. 100rogerduncan on August 7, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Thank you. Good advice!



  4. qmsi lainata on August 7, 2019 at 2:17 am

    nice dick



  5. RollinRat on August 7, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Ignore fashion, fit ‘rules’ and what the pros ride. Get comfortable on your bike., so you can spend lots of time on it. Be scientific about it. Dont worry about how the bike looks. You shouldnt be looking at it while you ride!
    If your ride partners make fun of you find new ones!!



  6. Concrete Head on August 7, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Good lord , Freddy Mercury would have been proud of that Lycra costume.



  7. Antoine Morin-Prévost on August 7, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Another GCN video that just convinced me I need to upgrade something on my bike that is totally fine but not 100% ergonomic for me….oh lord



  8. HOBMACHINE on August 7, 2019 at 2:23 am

    dammit, I always learn something from these excellent videos: tyre pressure pertinence here is ably described. MAGIC !



  9. Laras on August 7, 2019 at 2:24 am

    can’t focus



  10. João Carlos on August 7, 2019 at 2:25 am

    I´ll be 40 this August. So, my lower back claims some rest. I´ve shorten mine tem from 100 to 80 and I´ll change hanbdlebar or a Specialized hover. with 1,5 cm gain in height. If I nedd to go aero I´ll just fo to the drops, and I hope I still can cycle till my last days.



  11. rezaul munir on August 7, 2019 at 2:26 am

    I am 5′-11" and i am riding Specialized Tarmac Comp 2006 model. My road bike’s stock stem is 110 mm and i am no comfortable. I feel pain on my backbone and my neck while riding. I want to change my stem. Which size will be better for me.



  12. mechanic1756 on August 7, 2019 at 2:27 am

    In order to achieve mall these need  to spend a lot of time on fitting the bike with someone who understands .



  13. Alex A on August 7, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Si looks invisible camouflaged by his surrounding and his clothing



  14. Tushar Sahu on August 7, 2019 at 2:29 am

    I would really appreciate if you could suggest me hacks for a straighter and wider handlebars…..



  15. Gary Brown on August 7, 2019 at 2:31 am

    There is very little about riding hunched over, banging your belly with your thighs, with your weight on your balls, which strikes me as comfortable.



  16. DCassidy42 on August 7, 2019 at 2:32 am

    If your bike came with 23c tires, is it possible to mount 25c tire or even a 28c?



  17. Obi Wan on August 7, 2019 at 2:34 am

    I swapped my saddle out for a sofa. Bike is comfy AF now



  18. Kim Krimson on August 7, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Hey GCN guys
    Thanks again for a cool video.
    Could you please mention the pressure in Bar or Pascals in addition as most of the world doesn’t use "pounds per square inch (under normal earth gravity)".
    That would help a lot not always having to switch to a calculator.
    Thanks again for the video and maybe you will take this in consideration



  19. Jason Barizo on August 7, 2019 at 2:36 am

    better bikes, bigger ….

    nah thats gay.



  20. Jesse Davis on August 7, 2019 at 2:36 am

    How do you bring your stem down more or lower



  21. Concrete Head on August 7, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Just get a professional fitting from a sports physio specialising in bike fitting.
    It’s not just the bike that needs tweaking!!
    The things discussed on this vlog are simply finishing touches.



  22. awesomesauce666 on August 7, 2019 at 2:38 am

    some times i feel my left nut getting pushed in? any tips?



  23. Richmond Brian Villamayor on August 7, 2019 at 2:39 am

    The bulge.. lol



  24. RealMarcosMiranda on August 7, 2019 at 2:39 am

    Hey @GlobalCyclingNetwork I had my bike fit done professionally and I’ve still been having really bad upper back pain in my rhomboid muscles. Just recently I had my handlebar raised a tad. Any idea what could be causing this?



  25. John Graboski on August 7, 2019 at 2:39 am

    …didn’t know about handle bars having variables of reach and drop. Thanks GCN!



  26. John Smith on August 7, 2019 at 2:39 am

    you’ll have someone’s eye out with that if you’re not careful !!



  27. Bruce W McLaughlin on August 7, 2019 at 2:41 am

    You are still bent over holding your head up and that is supposed to be comfortable? And what is with the sock shoved into your spandex?



  28. Jo than on August 7, 2019 at 2:42 am

    hes carrying a Dynamite when cycling



  29. KROME FUZUKE on August 7, 2019 at 2:45 am

    give me a road bike!!



  30. johnd1466 on August 7, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Aero is to get more narrow not boulder shaped



  31. David Johnson on August 7, 2019 at 2:46 am

    5.31 nice suit, is this a summer gcn edition?



  32. yellowfit on August 7, 2019 at 2:47 am

    More video about bike fit please



  33. Carl Forde on August 7, 2019 at 2:47 am

    I replaced my old (cast?) aluminium seat post with a new one for lightness and appearance. I was pleasantly surprised at the dramatic improvement in road damping too.



  34. Joseph Cabalquinto on August 7, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Amazing what a few minor adjustments can do to make your ride more comfortable! Longer rides, more miles, better experience! Love it!



  35. Spill Burg on August 7, 2019 at 2:50 am

    what psi you runnin in your jockies?



  36. qazibasit on August 7, 2019 at 2:50 am

    I like my stock giant OCR 2600 road bike. I dont feel any need to customize it. Yes i adjust the saddle height, but besides that i am competeting with people having a 5 time expensive bikes with additional customization.



  37. Sergey Shorokhov on August 7, 2019 at 2:53 am

    I have compact aluminum handlebar and I’d like to change it to carbon. But. After that I also want to mount aerobars on it. Is it possible for carbon handlebars?



  38. AHMAD AHMAD FIKRI on August 7, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Good video, but do shortening a stem going to effect the handling?



  39. Holger Kretzschmar on August 7, 2019 at 2:54 am


  40. FLMKane on August 7, 2019 at 2:55 am

    I know this is an old vid but what is Simon’s shoulder width and what size stem does he run?



  41. Patrick Pagnon on August 7, 2019 at 2:57 am

    Is it possible to know what make of handlebars you are using? It is not top secret, is it?



  42. Harley Davidson Silent Vlogger on August 7, 2019 at 2:58 am

    my wife is only 5’9" she uses higher and shorter stems as well as compact handle bar and moved her seat forward by 1 inch she now has no problem with sore back and she does 100 km a day on her 2018 Giant Propel Advanced Pro Disc !



  43. spring breeze on August 7, 2019 at 2:58 am

    More suspension



  44. Kelly Forman on August 7, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Saddle is a prostate pounder.



  45. David Johnson on August 7, 2019 at 3:02 am

    3.48 nice info, never considered the rails.



  46. L on August 7, 2019 at 3:05 am

    roids shrunk yo ballz



  47. ali Saad waheed on August 7, 2019 at 3:06 am

    فدشي



  48. Keno E on August 7, 2019 at 3:09 am

    What have I to adjust when it hurts at the lower back?



  49. z1522 on August 7, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Modern brake hoods are far longer and flatter than old styles, putting hands cm farther forward; also, brands differ, older Campy being 1-2 cm shorter than Shimano. Hand ergonomics are radically improved over 45+ years back. Many modern racers don’t even wear gloves on long rough stages, helped as much by better fit than frame exotica; the old "Albatross" look must have felt awful, and eliminated only the most masochistic from bicycle racing. Bar material is largely a placebo effect; alloy bars that flex are deathtraps, and tires account for more than 95% of the damping effect attributed to carbon bars.



  50. Mario Enrique Pinilla Quiroga on August 7, 2019 at 3:12 am

    I like so much your channel, but I have a problem because i’m from Colombia so I speak spanish and I learn a littlebit of English, when I see your videos I understand almost everything but sometimes I get lost, so I want ask you guys if u can put subtitles at least in english so if I missunderstand a word you say I be able to know what did u said. Thanks