If you’re a newbie bike owner and you’re anything like I was in the very early days, you might be wondering how to make the Peloton seat more comfortable.
I’ve been there, and you’re definitely not alone if you’re experiencing this problem. If you check out any of the Facebook Groups dedicated to Peloton riders, you’ll notice that it’s a common topic of conversation!
After my first few rides, I was experiencing a fair bit of discomfort. I knew that something had to change if I were going to stick to my riding schedule,
If your Peloton bike seat hurts though, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of solutions you can try that can ease the pain and ensure that you’re riding safely and comfortably. After all, no one wants to have a sore bum.
In this guide, I’m going to walk you right through all the avenues that you should explore to eliminate Peloton sit bone pain and associated issues with your saddle.
There are a few issues that are often at play when you find that your Peloton saddle is uncomfortable, and these largely boil down to one of two things… The position in which you’re riding, and what you’re actually sitting on!
Here, we’re going to take a deep dive into several different topics, including but not limited to:
The first thing that you’ll want to consider is the height of your seat. This can be anywhere between 1 and 26.
The right setting for you is largely dependent on your height and also your torso and leg length. Unfortunately there’s no specific formula that tells you just how high your seat should be based on your height, as two people could both be 5’8″ for example but have very different leg lengths.
Peloton recommends that you position your seat so it’s aligned with your hip bone when you’re standing next to the bike. Once you’re in the saddle, your knee should have a slight bend when you’re at the bottom of your peddle stroke.
You might be surprised to discover just how much of a difference your seat height can make to the comfort of your ride, but it’s all about ensuring that you’re in the best position for supporting your body whilst in the saddle.
I personally found that getting this right took a little bit of trial and error, and based on conversations in the Peloton community, it’s common to have your seat too low when you’re first getting started.
For more guidance on positioning your seat, check out the video below.
Sharing advice on the official Peloton blog, instructor and Masters World Champion track cyclist Christine D’Ercole says, ‘If your saddle isn’t level, you will feel uncomfortable pressure on the soft tissues’.
So what’s the solution here?
Well under the saddle, you’ll find a nut and bolt on each side. These can be loosened with a wrench to adjust the angle of your seat. If you don’t have a spirit level at home, you can even download a free app to your phone to help you to do this.
Just make sure that you tighten the nuts and bolts before you jump back on your bike!
As the Peloton instructors will often remind you during your rides (I’ve noticed that Cody especially is really good at reminding you of this!), your bum should be back on the widest part of the saddle.
Perching on the front is going to cause you unnecessary problems, so be mindful of your seating position so you don’t slip into bad habits.
Mastering the Basics is a six-week programme that teaches you everything from the correct posture, to coming out of the saddle, to adding weights to your sessions. It features sessions from a wide range of instructors too, so you can discover their styles and get an insight into who you want to ride with in the future.
There are so many exciting themed rides from Peloton that you might be tempted to skip the programme so you can jump into working out to the beat of your favourite artists, but committing to completing Mastering the Basics will set you up for a happy and safe future with your bike.
Even if you have riding experience or you’ve been a spin class enthusiast in the past, I highly recommend Mastering the Basics.
Remember too that there’s absolutely no shame in sticking with the low impact and beginner rides for however you need them. Though I’ve had my Peloton for a while now and I feel comfortable trying the more intermediate and sometimes even the advanced rides, I still return to the basics sometimes to keep my form in check, or when my body needs something a little gentler.
Progress on your bike, whether that be in terms of fitness, confidence, output, or anything else, doesn’t mean pushing yourself as hard as you can. It means taking care of yourself, going slower when you need to, and cultivating a mindset of allowing yourself to improve over the longer term, rather than always trying to smash out a personal best.
The Peloton saddle is fairly hard, so buying a seat cover can really help.
I recommend the Mofred saddle cushion cover that you can buy on Amazon. It’s really easy to fit, and it’s just a case of slipping it on and pulling the drawstrings. As it’s simple to remove too, it’s a good option if you have family members who use your bike and would prefer to ride without the cover.
A Peloton bike site cushion is not essential, but it’s a small investment that can make a big difference to your comfort.
Padded bike shorts for Peloton could be a wise investment if you’re finding that the saddle is causing you pain.
Budget shorts tend to be false economy, and as the old saying goes, if you buy cheap then you’ll buy twice.
Baleaf, Souke, and Hidarling are all respected brands in the market and their products get great reviews.
Of course there are different options for men and women when it comes to Peloton cycling shorts, so take your time to browse the ranges and read all the reviews.
Should you wear underwear with cycling shorts? The answer here is usually no. They’re designed to be worn without knickers or pants, to help prevent any chafing.
It’s down to personal preference, but I much prefer cycling in leggings to shorts, and there’s a great selection of padded leggings for Peloton out there for you to choose from.
Baleaf, Beroy, and Santic are all available in the UK and make good options.
Many people report that the sizing of cycling leggings tends to run a little on the large side, so if you usually wear a large, for example, you might want to choose a medium. Be sure to check out the reviews when you’re making your decision.
You might be getting the message here… There are tons of clothing options to help you to make your Peloton seat more comfortable!
So you might not be surprised to hear that you can also buy padded cycling underwear for Peloton. This could be a good option if you already have shorts or leggings without padding that you’re happy with, but are seeking out more comfort.
Again, Baleaf has an entire range that gets rave reviews from cyclers, and you can expect to pay £15-£20 per pair.
Saddle sore is a fairly common problem for bike riders.
According to British Cycling, ‘The classic saddle sore is either an infected hair follicle, known as folliculitis or a boil, known as a furuncle. Infected follicles tend to cause fairly small sores that clear up quickly but untreated boils can quickly reach terrifying proportions and should be seen by a medical professional as they often require antibiotic therapy’.
Prevention is definitely better than cure here, and good personal hygiene can go a long way. Wear clean shorts and underwear for every ride, and don’t sit around in them once you’re finished.
You can find tons of videos and articles online that will help you to get your bike fitting just right, but this is often no replacement for having a professional assess your set up and make tailored recommendations based on your individual needs.
Many reputable cycling stores will offer this service, and will come to your home. Research what’s available in your local area.
Peloton instructor and coach Matt Wilpers also offers a 45-minute virtual bike fitting with a member of his expert team. This includes a pre-ride interview and assessment, an on the bike observation, and a follow-up report.
It costs $149, and can help you to feel more comfortable and perform better.
Chamois cream is extremely popular with cyclists, especially those who cover long distances and indoor riders who want to know how to make the Peloton seat more comfortable. It hydrates the skin, minimises friction, prevents cracking, and is known to be a great prevention of saddle sore. You might sometimes hear this being referred to simply as ‘shammy’ by those in the know!
You can use it for your indoor rides by applying a little directly to the skin or to the pad of your shorts. Be warned that it can feel slightly tingly, but that’s completely normal and to be expected!
You can buy no-frills options in most pharmacists, and there are more and more options arriving on the scene that are specifically marketed towards cyclists.
Getting out of the saddle on your Peloton rides is a whole topic in its own right, and it can certainly come with challenges for many people.
Even if you’re taking a flat ride though or you’re a beginner and you don’t feel ready to commit to lots of out of the saddle time, standing up every 10 minutes or so whilst you’re using your Peloton will give your bum a little bit of a break, and restore the blood flow.
I’ve personally found that this makes a huge difference when it comes to how to make the Peloton seat more comfortable, and it definitely keeps me going when I’m suffering from a little bit of numbness that’s negatively impacting my workout.
If your Peloton bike seat hurts, it can put you off wanting to jump in the saddle and cracking on with your workout.
If you build up slowly though, follow the advice outlined here, and commit to a schedule, you’ll find that your body soon adapts and soreness becomes a thing of the past.
The first few times I rode my Peloton, it hurt. I was worried about just how long I’d be able to keep this up, and if I’d made a mistake with my purchase.
A few weeks down the line though, with the help of better form, Mastering the Basics, and a padded seat cover, I was riding happily and comfortably. It’s absolutely possible if you’re willing to use a little trial and error, learn as you go, and commit to consistency!
Before you go, why not save this article to Pinterest so you can come back to it later? Simply pin the image below to your Peloton board!
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