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post #1 of 7 Old 06-12-2010, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Another Seat Solution Possibility

After being tortured by the stock seat over my first 3 months of ownership, I have been looking for solutions. I see Rick Mayer has a sale on Strom seats for $269...but that is a good $200 above my current budget .

So, I started researching. Many mentioned the sheepskin or the beads working for a bit. The folks that seemed to really be happy were those who found a good gel pad. The popular one seems to be available at Canadian Tire (a bit far for me) and sometimes Wal-Mart. My search turned up empty.

I took to searching around and stumbled upon this:

http://www.amazon.com/WEAVER-ORTHO-W.../dp/B002WVJ3MQ

After taking a good long look at it, I thought...that just might fit. So I took the leap and ordered. I got it in two days ago. While I have yet to put real miles on, the initial impression is positive. Feels very good. Not only that, but as you see in the pictures, it (almost) looks like it was made for the seat...err...saddle...

It has a strap that goes under the back of the seat, and the loop at the front stretches around to the rubber stop under the front of the seat. It contains the orthopedic gel insert in a removeable cover that can be washed. Should have taken it out of the cover and snapped a pic...will try and do that this weekend. Thought I would do a write-up, and probably a later follow up after some miles. It seems like a really great solution for the price so far, thought others might be interested.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-12-2010, 04:29 AM
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Interested to hear more

Let me know how it works out. I'm interested. It sort of looks like the $19 pad from Wally World I just got except maybe just a touch thinner and not as wide so it might reduce the added foot reach I don't like about the Wally pad plus Sheepskin. I'd be interested to see the inerts - Wally calls theirs gel but it is really more a rubber waffle. I think that gels heat up in sun so curious about that aspect also - the Wally pad seems hold heat.

I fyours is good for the miles I think I'll try it..

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-12-2010, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Heres some pics of the insert. It is an actual silicone gel insert. Orthopedic Gel is what it is billed as. Has a layer of fabric suspended in the gel to aid the structure. It is about 1/4 an inch thick. The mesh cover also feels like it has a bit of padding, or at least a thick weave.

Regarding heat, I haven't let it sit directly in open sun for more than a few minutes, so can't say. In general, from what my wife (a nurse) says about the orthopedic gel, over time it will harden and break down if exposed to temp extremes, so if left unattended in the sun, it might be a good idea to pull out the insert and put it in a topcase/sidecase or something. It takes just seconds to remove the insert, and you can leave the cover on the bike.

I have a 4 day 1200 mile trip planned at the end of the month, that will probably be the true test of how effective it is.
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Thanks for pics - report on Wallywaffle

Seems maybe slightly shorter than Wally Waffle. I put a few hours in with Wally waffle yesterday under sheepskin and huge improvement but a bit tall (but maybe not much more than Suzuku Gel).

I may still give this a try as it is fitted better--

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Have been meaning to get back to this now that I have some miles on it.

Probably 1000 miles since I got the gel seat. I put about 600 of that on during a two day ride last month.

The seat is not a miracle cure, meaning it won't be confused with a Russell any time soon.

However, it is a great improvement over stock for the price. I am able to ride for almost an hour before even feeling the need to shift around much. When I do shift around, it usually provides instant relief. Compared with the stock seat alone, I could barely make it 30 minutes before I was in discomfort, and shifting around only made another part of my butt hurt.

I would say this would definitely be worth a try for those wanting or needing a low cost alternative.

I will caution that if you leave it on the bike on a sunny day, you will have some pretty toasty buns. However, it is in a sleeve with velcro closure on the bottom, and it takes just seconds to slip it out and put it back in, which is what I do if I am going to be leaving the bike exposed to the sun for any significant amount of time.
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Walmart "gel" cushion under sheepskin long term

Same as another poster. I did spencer mod, modest upgrade; Alaska sheepskin; a little bit better; and when I slip the Walmart gel cushion ($20 automotive) I do 5 or 6 hours in a day and don't feel it in the butt at all. I actually cannot move around with this combo but don't seem to need to. It does raise you up about like the Suzuki gel but I also like the fact that it feels more comfortable immediately (feels sort of like have a cushioer shock).

Not as slick as more expensive seats but I just carry it in to work and use it at my desk or if I stop for a break it makes a nice pad at picnic table..

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