I bought a Trek 7200 late last year and in two months put on almost 500 miles - my longest ride was 39. I have the bike in the shop for a tune-up/go-over and I am having the tires (35's) swapped out for 28's - which come on the FX series. PLEASE no debate on the bike etc. - I love it and with very very very bad shoulders - having the handlebars raised and moved back allows me to ride without pain - same thing with the front shock (so please no - buy a different bike suggestions). I ride very day - when weather allows - after work. I am signing up to ride for diabetes this summer - its 100km/62 miles. I believe I will be able to do it. Here's my question -
I get 'butt-itis' after 3 hours.........and I know bike shorts are probably the way to go.....but - I can't afford 4-5 pairs of them - I don't want to look like a sausage and since I ride every day they will get rather 'stanky' after a bit. My LBS suggested a gel seat - so here's the question - gel seat? The LBS sells "serfas" and there are a couple models - one more cruiser like (like is on my Trek) the other is thinner and cut out in the middle. Yea or nay on the gel seat? Again - I cannot afford multiple pairs of bike shorts and on the weekends - in particular to get my old engine ready for the diabetes ride - i want to ride as much as possible. Help please? (BTW - soon to be 56 with type 2). I;ve dropped 10 lbs just by riding and when I do the 2-3 hour stints I actually don't need to give myself an injection - the riding takes care of my blood sugar. Thanks for advice.