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post #1 of 18 Old 09-14-2009, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Sheep skin or Bead rider?

What is more comfortable for long hauls? The wooden bead riders or a padded sheepskin? All comments welcome........

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I have both and find they are about the same in comfort level. I use the beads for summer months and the sheep skin for the frigid Florida winters.

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The same

+1 to the above. I thought the beads would be uncomfortable but they aren't. Beads in the summer and skin in the winter.

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What is more comfortable for long hauls? The wooden bead riders or a padded sheepskin? All comments welcome........
+1 agree with the other post so far. I have been known to combo them.
Don't use them with the Russell.
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I think it will vary. And others rear end will not be the same as yours. I'd say get one and try it, if you are not happy, get the other. Start with cheaper. Seat is a very personal thing and it takes multiple tries to sort out "just right" for some.

I have a Beadrider, yes. I love it for shorter rides (~300 miles) and love it for summer. I do NOT however love the Beadrider for a 600 mile day. It takes putting it on, then taking it off after a while for me at least. Did not try the dead sheep, might someday...

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I have the beads, not impressed! They are better than stock Wee seat, but not really the answer for me.
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Thanks for the input - since we are riding into the cooler months of riding for the gopher state, I guess I will go Aerostitch sheepskin first and get a beadrider next spring for the warmer riding weather.

I'm running the Vee seat on the Wee and even that has been a vast improvement! Now for some fanny farkle fine tuning -

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I've used both and I prefer the Beadrider. Though it is a bit more comfortable with overpants on then jeans but even with jeans it still feels ok for a couple of hours. One of the big advantages (for me) with the Beadrider is the ability to easily slide forward and back without your jeans cinching up and pinching your ....well you know whats.

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I went for a three day trip in the middle of August when it was quite hot. I used a thick natural white sheepskin (not a little dyed pad) and it kept me comfortable. It kept me off the hot black seat and I didn't get sweaty and bunched up. The message here is a white skin is okay even in the heat
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Save a bunch of $$ on the beads, head over to Wal-Mart and buy the bead seat for a car, you can easily cut it down (pretty much in half) and then retie the beads. I did that to mine about 8 - 10 weeks ago. The seat cost me 8 bucks, technically I have two since I cut it in half. I can ride 8 - 10 hours a day now.

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