Commuting - Removing the rain cover from a good Leather saddle.
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I carry a shower cap with me in my saddle bag. When I park my bike to go into work and it looks like rain, I always cover my leather saddle with the shower cap.
Then, when I come out of work and the world is wet from rain, I walk over to my bicycle and lift off the shower cap.
Everything in the world is wet except my leather saddle. It looks so dry and comfortable and warm.
The experience is like taking the lid off of a thermos of hot coffee when you are outside on a cold day and the warmth comes up to greet you.
05-12-08, 11:23 AM
Have you ridden with the shower cap on? It doesn't seem like it would make much difference, if any, but I've always wondered.
05-12-08, 12:17 PM
I do the same thing with my Brooks saddle and it works well. I do ride with the shower cap over the saddle if its raining hard. It is only slightly more slippery with it on and it just seems like cheap insurance. If it is just light sprinkling rain I don't worry about a cover. Its probably overkill, but for what a Brooks costs I'm willing to take a little extra care.
05-12-08, 12:51 PM
I ride in the rain quite a bit, and when I bought my B-17 Champ. Std. I also bought a Velox saddle cover. Waterproof, elastic, perfectly fitted for the B-17 saddle, and it doesn't interfere with riding at all. I stop and pull it on whenever it starts raining up here. Well worth the $8.00 I spent on it.
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