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Why don't people use seat covers(9 posts)

Why don't people use seat coverschazman
Feb 28, 2002 8:44 PM
Pardon the newbie question - I ride with a very thin lycra type cover protecting my leather bike seat. The cover costs about five bucks but has kept my seats in great shape for years with seemingly no adverse riding affects. How come I do not see anyone else using seat covers? Is there something I am missing?
it's the biggest secret in cyclingHardy Harhar
Mar 1, 2002 5:51 AM
The sheepskin ones are the best. People that haven't tried one don't like them because they look freddish and uncomfortable. Once they try it, they never go back!
I use oneMisJG
Mar 1, 2002 6:44 AM
I have used one ever since I started riding in the '80s. They used to be everywhere, now it's difficult to find them. The one I have now is just plain black, but I have had many different colours/patterns on my seat over the years. Even bought a plain light coloured one for RAGBRAI and wrote on it with marker during the ride. Kind-of a souvenier of sorts. But I digress, maybe you just don't notice them 'cause they are under the asses of your fellow riders. Not a very visible spot except at stops. Either that, or people don't want to hide the fancy stitching on their expensive saddles. Not to mention the "no-slip" stitching on some saddles becomes nillified by putting a cover over it.
re: Why don't people use seat coversmixinbeatz
Mar 1, 2002 7:56 AM
I don't use one because I don't really need too. I don't need the padding and always seam to destroy the seat in crashes more than usage. The cover may save the saddle in these cases, but I only have to replace it every couple of years or so which is no biggie.
Didn't know they still made 'emcory
Mar 1, 2002 8:05 AM
I used to swap them around just for the color, and a friend and I gave a pink one back and forth as a gift on Christmas and birthdays for three or four years. I still cover my Brooks when I carry the bike on top of the car, to protect the leather from the sun. Haven't ridden with one in years. Now you've got me wondering whether I should cover my saddle to keep the sweat off it, or ride bareback so the sweat soaks in and goes away...
To each his/her own.Elefantino
Mar 1, 2002 9:17 AM
If it works for you, great!

I know a guy who has to ride with underwear. (Cycling underwear.) Seriously. He says it's the best thing.

(I'm not equating using a saddle cover to wearing underwear, by the way. Just saying that what some may find weird others find necessarily enjoyable, or enjoyably necessary. Perhaps you're one of the last of an old trend, or the first of a new one.)

I remember trying one back in the days when I still was riding a Brooks. Gel cover. Hated it. (Gel is evil, but that's another thread.)

Two reasonsgrzy
Mar 1, 2002 11:26 AM
One: they make the saddle sliperry - many saddles have patterns and stitching on them to increase friction.

Two: the perverts keep stealing them for their scratch 'n' sniff collections

Question: If you've got a good leather seat why do you need a seat cover? Leather is way more durable than the lycra that's already in your shorts. Why not use two or three seat covers to really "protect" your seat. Fact of the matter is they're totally unnecessary and a good leather saddle will last for many years - it just won't look brand new. Maybe we could sell lycra saddle covers to all the people that ride horses, or drive cars with leather seats.
It's a sad day when that favorite saddle wears out thoughgreg n
Mar 1, 2002 11:45 AM
I just recently replaced an old flite saddle that I used for years. It was my favorite one, but the leather on the nose worn through in a spot, and from there, the hole just got bigger and bigger. Call me crazy, but retiring that old saddle sure made me nostalgic thinking back to when it was newer, and how many different bikes I had it on.
whatever tickles your fanny? nmSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 1, 2002 12:25 PM