You won't neccessarily notice it on short rides but if you start riding more often and further then ensuring you have the right sized bike and importantly, the right seat height is absolutely the key to comfort. Having the right size bicycle frame and an adjustable seat is essential for a comfortable and safe ride.
Not only will it make your ride more enjoyable, but it can also help prevent injuries. It should fit your body size and riding style i.e. leisure, commuting, road, gravel and mountain biking. All good bicycle frame manufacturers will give height guidance online.
An improperly sized frame can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as a sore bottom. It can also affect your balance, making it harder to control the bike. When buying a bike, make sure you get one that fits your size and is the right type for your riding style.
Small/Medium: 5'2" - 5'8" height
Medium/Large: 5'6 - 6'0" height
Having an adjustable seat is also essential for a comfortable ride. The seat should be at the right height so your legs are slightly bent when the pedals are at the bottom of their rotation. As a quick guide we always suggest our guests to put their seat at the height of their hip bone.
This will help you to generate more power, reduce fatigue and can even help you to go faster. A seat that is not at the right height can lead to discomfort, pain and poor control of the bike. When adjusting the seat, make sure you are seated on the bike, then adjust the seat height until you feel comfortable.
Check out one of our easy-breezy casual rides over at our Tours page - we'll get you the right sized bike before we take off
Happy riding, ride often!