If you think that the only way an exercise bike could be a torture device is if somebody were to pull a stunt reminiscent of something out of one of the SaW movies and chain you to it and rig the thing so that a bomb would explode if you stopped pedaling, or pedaled too slow then I'm here to tell you that I can assure you that it doesn't take Jigsaw to make a torture device out of one.
I am not a hamster, It's no secret that I'm overweight and trying to lose it. One of the things that I'm doing toward that end is to do as much time as I can tolerate on said exercise bike in an effort to both burn more calories than I consume and get my metabolism going faster so that it'll be easier to burn off the unwanted pounds. However I am at the point now where I think I'm going to dig through the shed to see if I can find one of those big outdoor cushions like you'd use on lawn furniture or something like that because the one major problem that I have found with exercise bikes is that the seats are *always* designed like they're only ever going to be used by a skinny person.
The problem is that what qualifies as a seat for those lightweight skinny minnies feels more like the jolly green giant giving a rectal examination when you weigh over 300 pounds. Not exactly what I would consider encouragement to use the effing thing is it. Oh, I know, that's a truly ugly picture but try it sometime. Strap 150 pounds of sandbags on your back and then spend 30 minutes on the bike. I promise you that you'll be walking funny when you get off of it and cursing the designer in the most colorful, creative terms you can think of.