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post #1 of 28 Old 12-26-2017, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Bead Seat -- Is ceramic worth the price?

I've talked to a few people that have really good things to say about bead seats, especially to help with cooling in hot weather. I'm ready to pull the trigger on getting one for the Wee.

On one MC podcast I listen to, the host strongly recommended getting one with ceramic beads, but didn't really give any details as to why. Checking out Amazon, I see you can get a model with wood beads for around $11, while a similarly sized ceramic model is $70.

I'm all for buying quality when it's warranted, but it's hard for me to justify paying 6-7 times more in this case. Can anyone convince me otherwise?

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Have never had the seat troubles of most because I move around so much and still can ride all day for a number of days with no trouble in old age.Rode my wee on a 900+ day at age 69 and still rode every day after that for weeks. Eat less,drink more water, and move,move,and move some more. I did have a bead seat lay over as a gift and used it a little but when a string broke gave it to a friend.I do pack some stuff with old bubble wrap sometimes and it can be used it you become tender.Give most of it away on trips to ones with tender rears. Unless splinters?can see no reason what they were made of would matter but I ain't the smartest man in the world.
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You cannot get a Beadrider for $11.

The difference is $20 or so
https://www.beadrider.com/product/ul...ont-seat-only/

The Ceramic Beadrider will likely outlast you and your bike.
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You cannot get a Beadrider for $11.

The difference is $20 or so
https://www.beadrider.com/product/ul...ont-seat-only/

The Ceramic Beadrider will likely outlast you and your bike.
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The Beadrider is the $70 ceramic option (via Amazon).

The ones with the wood beads can be had for as little as $11.
https://www.amazon.com/Zento-Deals-D...ycle+bead+seat

I guess this is the heart of my question -- do I need a bead seat that will outlast me and my bike? Or do I get the less expensive option and simply replace it if necessary down the line?

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Have you considered a Sit&Fly seat cover. Much better than beads in my book. Search for threads here about them and pro/ con discussions.

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I am a seat bead believer. In the summer it helps get some air flowing underneath you and when its raining it allows you to sit above the water and it drains out instead of of pooling between you legs. I have a wood Bead Rider and have used it for the last 5 or 6 years and it just now starting to show some paint wear. No way I'd ever spend the cash on ceramic.
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I alternate BeadRider and Airhawk but I'd certainly consider that SitnFly as an inexpensive try.


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I use the cheap MEC inflatable seat cushion under the Sit n Fly on both my bikes. There is nothing better for long ride comfort.

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Seat options.......Seat options......Hmmmmmm

I have the ceramic Bead Rider. I don't like it. After 30 minutes I can feel each bead on my butt. Not as bad with my heavier riding pants. I also have a Air Hawk but haven't been able to find the sweet spot with that either. I also have a sheepskin cover. With a couple of layers of the small bubble wrap under the sheepskin is my best seat so far. I shoulda just went with a TM seat.......I've almost got that much $$ into a box of stuff I no longer use.

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So sell it ...easy stuff to sell


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