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    Latex padded bike seat cover i made

    I had been trying to think for some time now of a design for a bike seat cover as i find bike seats very uncomfortable. I thought 'oh thats right i sleep on a latex topper i wonder if i can get a smaller amount of latex and make a cover for it since the topper is great!'. So i found some strips of latex exactly the same at a reuse place. I used stretch cotton/polyester/spandex that i already had plus thick non-roll elastic. It is the most comfy seat ever. There is some movement when i first get on/off but i adjust quick and everything is cool. Made this a few days ago. I am a sewer so it is not difficult for me to come up with something. I am also a designer so i had to think 'out side the box'.dscf2512.jpgdscf2513.jpg

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    sorry man but that looks budget. you should just buy a cruiser seat from walmart for $16
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bell-Sport...t-Seat/1242584
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    You missed the point. That is synthetic. I need to sit on something comfortable/natural. There is a synthetic seat under the cover and i can't stand it

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapattack View Post
    So i found some strips of latex exactly the same at a reuse place. I used stretch cotton/polyester/spandex that i already had plus thick non-roll elastic. ...... You missed the point. That is synthetic. I need to sit on something comfortable/natural. There is a synthetic seat under the cover and i can't stand it

    Ummm ... of latex, cotton, polyester, and spandex ... isn't cotton the only natural, non-synthetic item? Aren't the rest synthetic? If you really want natural, why didn't you just get a Brooks?


    Isn't there a way you could have snugged it up more tightly around the saddle? I would find the bit that drapes down on the sides very annoying.

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    The latex is the one from the rubber tree. Not the fake crap everyone is used to. The cotton stretch fabric is about 80's cotton from memory. I am a sewer by trade. Can sit on un natural stuff.
    I don't what a Brooks is.
    I did a great job!!!! There is no drapping. It fits real tight!

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    I don't sit on leather. Thanks but i am an animal activist and a vegan. I am not in that country either

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapattack View Post
    I don't sit on leather. Thanks but i am an animal activist and a vegan. I am not in that country either
    I'm not in the UK either ... what does that matter? I ordered my first two from the US and they were delivered to me in Canada. I ordered my third from the UK, and it was delivered to me here in Australia.

    And if you want a really nice, comfortable, natural saddle ... leather is definitely the way to go.

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    Natural or not, lots of people are allergic to latex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapattack View Post
    I had been trying to think for some time now of a design for a bike seat cover as i find bike seats very uncomfortable. I thought 'oh thats right i sleep on a latex topper i wonder if i can get a smaller amount of latex and make a cover for it since the topper is great!'. So i found some strips of latex exactly the same at a reuse place. I used stretch cotton/polyester/spandex that i already had plus thick non-roll elastic. It is the most comfy seat ever. There is some movement when i first get on/off but i adjust quick and everything is cool. Made this a few days ago. I am a sewer so it is not difficult for me to come up with something. I am also a designer so i had to think 'outside the box'.
    Typically, uncomfortable seats are the result of improper position on the bike or some other physical issue. The saddle should support your body through your pelvis, aka "sit bones". Very thick padding like that will push between your legs and compress the soft tissues, which can damage blood vessels or nerves.

    You should get rid of the padding and consult a bicycle fitting specialist. Otherwise you're going to end up hurting yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    Typically, uncomfortable seats are the result of improper position on the bike or some other physical issue. The saddle should support your body through your pelvis, aka "sit bones". Very thick padding like that will push between your legs and compress the soft tissues, which can damage blood vessels or nerves.

    You should get rid of the padding and consult a bicycle fitting specialist. Otherwise you're going to end up hurting yourself.
    +1

    If a saddle is uncomfortable, the first thing to do is to check the fit of the bicycle. If the saddle is too high, you'll rock which causes pain. If the saddle is too low, there will be too much pressure, which causes pain. If the saddle is too far forward or back there can be issues, and if the tilt of the saddle isn't right there will be issues.

    The second thing to do is to analyse the saddle. If the saddle is too narrow and both sitbones are not being properly supported, there will be a lot of pain. If the saddle is too wide there will be discomfort as well. You've got to get a saddle that is just the right width for you.

    There's something else to look at with a saddle as well and that is its shape. Some saddles are very flat, others curve up in the back. I have ridden a lot of saddles and I have discovered that I need a saddle that curves up in the back. Completely flat saddles give me a lot of lower back pain on longer rides.

    The third thing to do is to develop a strong core. If you have strong abdominal and back muscles you can "perch" lightly on the saddle rather than sitting in the saddle like a sack of potatoes. When you "perch" on the saddle, your weight is distributed between your hands, feet, and sitbones ... you sit lightly with good posture. Many new (or out of shape) cyclists, and especially cyclists who have their saddles too low, put all their weight on the saddle, and that can be really painful.


    Get those things sorted, and there should be no need for extra padding.

    Oh, but speaking of extra padding ... you might want to opt for a good pair of cycling shorts, but they aren't necessary if you've got all of the above taken care of. However, you will probably want to avoid wearing anything with thick seams in your sitting area.

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    Latex will break down quickly in the sun, UV, and exposure
    to what passes for fresh air these days.

    Neoprene wet suit foam sheet gets made into saddle covers too..

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    can you post a pic of the underside and the saddle without the cover?

    BTW, make it a product and make some $

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    I could only ride a seat that bulky (and I'm assuming spongy) for 15, maybe 20 minutes tops. Just looking at that thing is scaring my plumbing.
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    OK i didn't think when i posted that people are not living in my world. There is a lot that i am sensitive to and i am a female. I can't sit on ANY existing bike seat and i cannot afford any kind of specialist. I am a disabled pensioner. As far as the latex issue is concerned i am well aware of the breaking down process. As i said i am a sewer. I am not out that much or go that far. In extreme circumstances etc.
    Neoprene is synthetic and defeats what i have already said. Not a good choice AT ALL!

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    My profile/avatar shows the bike without the cover on the seat. Thanks i will post a picture in a few days. Chronically busy right now :0)

    I am very happy with what i came up with. Very very very comfy!!!!!

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    I like Chamois. the real stuff .. from a goat .. its a good sweat absorbent on a typical foam covered plastic base saddle.
    I used stuff I got at the auto care section to recover an old Cinelli Saddle
    that had the original glue age too long .. Barge Vinyl Stick works.

    Now with the big market for washable easy care bike shorts there is animal hide free faux chamois. for the vegan mindset .

    natural fiber materials have been made into a form not found in nature ,
    by combining them, bring your magnifying glass to read the small print.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 02-05-11 at 07:24 PM.

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    Yes but it is synthetic. I can't put anything near me that is. I can't wear it, sit on it....nothing. Glad it works for you!

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    Summer may favor a terry cloth cotton cover , when perspiration breaks out all over.

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    It is summer in Australia right now and we are suffering a heat wave. This seat cover is much better than terry toweling. I needed padding!!!!

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    Does your bicycle fit you?

    Does your saddle fit you?

    You don't need a specialist to tell you whether your bicycle fits or not ... pain is a good indicator ... and you can read these links:
    http://www.cyclemetrics.com/Pages/Fi..._fit_links.htm

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    Yes nice if you have a lot of money to consider spending more and you have a job but your talking to a pensioner! Not that i have ever heard of such a specialist. Maybe they have them in other countries but i have never heard of them in Australia.

    Bike and seat are good now thanks. Took a super long ride tonight and everything performed well!

    Have no pain no more. I posted this topic because i was proud of what i did. It took me two months maybe to come up with this solution. I tried a few different things and i was suffering. Disabled people according to whatever illness have different requirements to others so it is very hard for me to explain unless you suffer the same things :0)

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    A curious thing well padded people gravitate to well padded saddles , and keep the mileage local transportation.

    Nothing wrong with just riding your bike around a little , don't get me wrong..

    Re-padded a old saddle , wish I had kept the nose thinner. now, the padding gets in the way of my legs .

    You like latex , I like Chamois.

    saw a star trek TV show , DS9, latex clothing featured on the alternate universe people..
    [same actors being their bad selves]

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    What can i say yeah i am well padded on the butt only though he he. Oh no i am trim everywhere else and go further and further all the time. Physical illness is a pain but i am not staying this unwell. No way! Doctors can say whatever but the only treatment that has worked for me is natural medicine. There is nothing that doctors can do for me so i help myself and riding an ebike has been great. Plus all the physio and pilates everyday which lead up to riding the bike. 1.5 years of lots of pain and suffering but it is better than laying in a bed and giving up!!!

    Yeah a lot of people say that about the slim seats. I wish i could use them. I wince everytime i see them he he.

    Yeah everyone is different :0)

    Yeah i don't think i could wear latex clothing. I think that would be painful he he. I remember i was going to make latex clothing years back for a fetish shop. It doesn't require sewing but a fusing type process. Well any bike rider would know because of patching tyres. Same thing :0)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapattack View Post
    I am very happy with what i came up with. Very very very comfy!!!!!
    And that's what counts. We all have our own tastes when it comes to saddles. You just can't expect everyone to agree with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    I like Chamois. the real stuff .. from a goat .. its a good sweat absorbent on a typical foam covered plastic base saddle.
    I used stuff I got at the auto care section to recover an old Cinelli Saddle
    that had the original glue age too long .. Barge Vinyl Stick works.
    I have an Avocet 02 that needs covering and that sounds like a good plan, but I can't google Vinyl Stick. Do you have a url for it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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