Standard bike seats that usually come fitted to a new bike are OK for short journeys but if your going on an extended ride they can be a really pain in the backside (literally!).
Having taken to long distance bike riding recently I started to feel some discomfort after covering more than 20 miles, after experimenting with the saddle height and tilt, things were a little better for a while but the underlying cause of the problem is that the bike seat was just too hard.
I have always wondered why they make them this way as some of my first bikes as a child were fitted with good firm padded seats that never gave me any of the problems I’m having at the moment.
Not being prepared to give up long bike rides I started to look for a solution and found gel bike seat covers. These are made of fabric filled with a gel substance that can easily fitted to any saddle.
Schwinn Adult Double Gel Bicycle Saddle Cover
The price of gel seats varies widely with some of the more expensive ones offering features that are aimed more at the pro riders but if its just a basic more comfortable bike seat your after then a value gel seat will do wonders compare to the standard hard seat.
This is the Schwinn Adult Gel Bicycle Saddle Cover with double gel padding for more comfort. Made of weather resistant Lycra this basic design gel seat will fit over most saddle types and is held in place by drawstrings.
RavX Comfy Gel Cruiser Deluxe Seat Cover
Going up to the price range a bit gives a more stylish looking seat cover with more features.
This seat is made by RavX, with increased width and a recess right in the middle of the seat to stop pressure on the sensitive parts. A better drawstring design prevents the gel seat from slipping while riding. This is the large version but the cover is also available in smaller sizes
A bit more to this seat when compared to the value product.
Vitesse Triple Gel Seat Cover
At the top end of the range is the Vitesse Triple Gel Bicycle Seat Cover.
With shock absorbing gel, breathable Lycra cover and the special anti-slip underside grip.
States that it has triple gel protection for increased comfort.
Back on the bike
Using a gel seat has made my bike riding enjoyable again and find that I am able to extend the range of my journeys by a huge amount without the old discomfort and pain.