I really just thought about this until this past week while on the trainer and I want to figure this out to have a more comfortable ride.
On tour rides i am sitting for hours and my butt gets sore sometimes. During the rides now I will use my legs, arms, drops and weight shifts to relieve the pressure on the rear. This will strengthen my legs. The stronger legs will help power the ride. Too many times I have felt that I was spinning and rooted on the seat. I felt that pushing the pedals down with the leg muscles will add power; at least more than just the spinning the mass of my legs.
Do road riders hover over the seat, straddling the seat most of the time. Doesn't seat allow you better balance?
What do you think? I will give you my conclusion after some long spring rides.
I am feeling my way with using the fat tire bike in snow. I only went out once last winter and today was the only time this season.
What did I learn?
1. Blazing a trail uses a Lot of energy. The wider tires add stability, but you still sink into the surface.
2. It can be hard to get started once you stop. I need to stop as I work hard.
a. The slightest incline causes your feet to slip as you try to push off to move forward. My front wheels wobbled to either side
In the first month I exercised 29 out of 31 days. Due to the weather all of this was inside onan exercise bike.
I resolved to be more aggressive in my winter mileage. Last year I felt soft going into the nice weather. Staying healthy this winter is essential for me to stay on track. I believe you can only do so much to stay clear of the germs. ( Diet, sleep, wash those hands, be aware of compromising situations, vitamins & minerals)
I must attribute my great month to a friends suggestion. I previously had exercised in the basement and my friend suggested moving the bike upstairs where I could take advantage of the sunlight. GREAT SUGGESTION! I love it.
When I moved the set up I did another adjustment; I used my current touring cycle. The previous set up used a bike the was not as comfortable. Duh, why did I not do this earlier?
MY ADVICE: Listen to your complaints why you don't exercise more or whatever and figure out a solution. Share your frustration with a friend, a new perspective may provide new insight.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.