Ride Your Mountain Bike In Comfort

Ride Your Mountain Bike In Comfort

Riding your mountain bike for a long time can be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few simple ways to alleviate an uncomfortable saddle, deal with knee, arm and hand pain. Neil shows you a few simple ways you can tweak your bike to make the position more comfortable for you.

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  1. Tasos Kouskos on June 27, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    i missed the bike games or the challenges

  2. Paul Kegeler on June 27, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I have a 11 speed hardtail

  3. Bushcraft in the garden on June 27, 2019 at 8:38 pm


  4. Costa del Artlepool on June 27, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    My skeleton must be wonky or summink. I sit with my left arm locked out which leads to elbow pain & pain on the left side of my neck

  5. Ruben Duran Art Studio on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I tend to get a shin splint, knee pain, foot and hand numbness all on my left side only. It’s the strangest thing because my entire right side, back, shoulders and neck are all pain free. I think for me it has more to do with a hip imbalance rather than bike fit, though. That imbalance tends to screw everything up

  6. Mythix2 on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    the ass pain is real

  7. ThunderStruckCoach on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    You can also roll your bars…….oh, wait.

  8. perking on June 27, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Going to show this to my dad xD

  9. smefour on June 27, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    For longer distance riders this Jones H-bar can give you many options to find the right position for comfort yet still has great control, it’s an option anyway http://www.jonesbikes.com/h-bars/

  10. Jeopardy Puddingside on June 27, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    After tumbling down volcano rocks at the bike park I’ll never, ever ride without gloves.

  11. Gadgetdad on June 27, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    What bike do you actually own as you always borrow different bikes ?

  12. Flex LCS on June 27, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Feel uncomfortable when on regular position, sitting and my weight forward, I tent to straight my back up and just use the tips of my fingers on the handle to release the pain, what am I doing wrong?

  13. cornishcactus on June 27, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    if you want to know where your sit bones are get a piece of cardboard, the stuff with the wave between two sheets.
    put it on a hard surface or chair and sit on it.
    you’ll be left with two dents ( hopefully fatty ) these are the sit bones. measure the distance and get a seat to suit.
    They will be sore the first few times you use them properly, all that soft sofa your entire life but it will improve over the first month of regular riding.
    longer rides after a break of a month or more can be a reminder you’re a lazy soft arsed sod too.

  14. Johannes Nilsen on June 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    using backpack instead of bottle would also be more comfortable for me, bending down or reaching down in a awkward way to reach a bottle is not a good idea, for control or comfort, but most backpacks are not very comfy, but I heard a lot of good things about USWE. if you absolutely want a bottle, I would use a bar mounted cage, you can get cages that two bottles. bladder i na backpack is so simple and convenient, I can drink when I need to no don’t have to wait for smooth sections or drink too much before.
    but backpacks can cause discomfort too on shoulder neck area for example, it depends on the design & weight of load, so right backpack is key, my Evoc is not perfect, I have to have perfect load in it not too heavy not too light, have adjustments perfect then it feels decent if not it will be uncomfortable.

  15. Daniel Van Dessel on June 27, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Hey gmbn nice video greetings from belgium

  16. DeathSc00p on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    5:30 "I get a pain between my shoulders and my knees."
    So pretty much your whole body then! 😂

  17. Mark Benn on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Foam grips are amazing for long days! However I love nice lock ons.

  18. Samuel Larrivée on June 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    For park days I found my hand and index get really painful from continued braking. Not all bikes come with adjustable brake lever. Any ideas on tricks to help with that issue?

  19. Migatron1 on June 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    R.I.P Headphone users!

  20. Emma Lawrence on June 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    yes!! GMBN are the best like if you like them to

  21. Josh Jos on June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Can you do a video on oval chain rings

  22. Björn Chaudron on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    This was exactly what I was looking for! Thanks a lot GMBN!

  23. lewie kendrick on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    love it

  24. C. Allgood on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Great video. What about neck pain?

  25. Дмитрий Кудош on June 27, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    What you can tell about saddle you guys use? I guess it’s a Ergon SME3? Looking for new one for my enduro bike, choosing between SqLab 611 and Ergon SME3. Any advice?

  26. FlyingMeta on June 27, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I used to get back pain doing long pedalling rides on my enduro. I changed reach by shortening stem 10mm also went to chiropractic for 1 session 😂😂

  27. Oscar Palacios on June 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I have a xc bike, it’s nice but my chain keeps skeeping even on small drops. Can you giys give me a tip to prevent that from happening… i eait shit a few times now because of that 😂 and also skeeps on my 3rd smallest gear

  28. Mark Collingwood on June 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Great tips Neil.

  29. Global Mountain Bike Network on June 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    How do you stay comfortable on long rides? Let us know in the comments below 👇

  30. Banger bikes on June 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    What happened to the audio at :48

  31. All Things General on June 27, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Great video and very informative thanks for posting!

  32. Leonardhh4 on June 27, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I’m a beginner and I got a £450 bike. It has hydraulic brakes and a 120mm fork, is this good for starting out?

  33. Flynn Read on June 27, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    thanks for the vid i’ll try this

  34. Teodor Kuběna on June 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I never understood how can someone use those foam grips… I ride XC myself and tried ony someone’s bike those grips few times, but man. I don’t trust it. I think my hand is going to slip every second. And it is also very uncomfortable.

  35. MotoErgoSum on June 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    My issue is numb hands. I’m not death-gripping the bars so I have to assume it’s the angle of my hands that’s causing the issue or I’m putting too much weight on my hands. Not sure how to resolve the issue without swapping bars to higher with more sweep.

  36. Peter Hathaway on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Can we give Neil some shit? 14 hrs for 100 miles??? Seems a bit much… Lumberjack 100 in under 10 hrs here…

  37. AjBro on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Get padded shorts. You won’t regret it
    I never have

  38. houndalism on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    sounds to me that at about 5:15 Neil is suggesting that cleats should be straight. I’ve had mine pointing outwards (slightly more on the left side) and been more comfortable since I watched one of your other videos… https://youtu.be/zFY4ZyX9RuU?t=362

  39. TheAnxiousBagel on June 27, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Y’all let the intern handle audio and framing?

  40. Esben Bø on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Shimano also has wide options

  41. Ryan Fielding on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for the great videos guys, I’ve recently got back into biking after dislocating my knee at work years ago and have learned loads from you guys

    Thanks again and keep up the great work

  42. Olly Dickinson on June 27, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Luckily, I never get riding pains

  43. Knitty Gritty on June 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I kept getting pain in my palms until I got a riser for my handlebars no pain now.

  44. bigtruck guy on June 27, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Shimano Explorer gloves have a nice palm padding on them that help. Easton thick lock on grips too.

  45. Buck Rodgers on June 27, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Nice to get a video on riding comfort, I hear so many new(er) riders complain about various / numerous aches and pains … yes when you’re first getting in to the sport (or any new sport) a lot of this comes down to body conditioning and things will improve the more your body gets used to it. Women I know particularly have difficulty finding a comfortable saddle and riding position.
    I myself have been riding for a long time (20+ years) and generally have my setup pretty dialled-in, that said it doesn’t hurt to check it from time to time … and don’t be afraid to try new things and play around with your settings, the more you do and ride the more you will understand what feels right for you.
    The other issue I find is that there’s such a huge range of different components available now that claim ‘ergonomic’ design that it’s really a shot in the dark when buying a new saddle (for example) if it’ll be a good fit or not. Regardless of claimed ergonomics it mostly comes down to an individuals body, we are all different and it’s a case of finding what works best for you. This can however prove to be a very expensive experiment, buying lots of different grips, saddles and shoes (etc.) looking for your perfect fit. I recommend visiting your local bike shops for trial fittings instead, even if you choose to pay for a ‘professional bike fit’ service (more typical with roadies) you will no doubt save money in the long term.

  46. Rimas Berzanskis on June 27, 2019 at 9:22 pm


  47. Goodman 4525 on June 27, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    You talk about stem length whilst showing a shot of a bike with no stem lol +globalmountainbikenetwork

  48. Adrian Achim on June 27, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Nice tips Neil !

  49. Peter L on June 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    What to do about the pain in your ears when you’re riding with your spouse? Make her your ex…. 🙂

  50. Riemenschneider on June 27, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Since you are partnered with Ergon, could you do a review of their Fitting Box and/or Pedal Cleat Tool?