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    Protect my seat

    Just bought a brand new Selle Italia to replace my old POS that the sun has turned into a spider veined, dried up hunk o crap. Any suggestions on how to keep the sun and weather off it while its on the rack? Oh, something other than a trash or grocery bag with duct tape.

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    A drawstring stuff sack, preferably in sun-resistant polyester. Available in any camping-supply store. Available waterproof, too, if you park in the rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHK View Post
    Oh, something other than a trash or grocery bag with duct tape.
    Why do you want to make it more complicated than it needs to be? Grocery bag over the saddle and tied to the seatpost with the handles. Free, effective and simple. Replacements are easy to come by. So small that it fits under the saddle.

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    Its got to look cool and cost too much because it's cycling specific to impress the other folks at the bus stop?
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    ok how are your thoughts on a shower cap? Id suggest just look for the cheapest waterproof/weatherproof cover you can find and use it. though id second the grocery bag for a secondary. something like this http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Resear...1152600&sr=1-7 or http://www.amazon.com/Raleigh-Protec...1152708&sr=1-5

    edit: cost for specific doesnt have to be expensive.11 bucks to protect a 100 or more seat isnt much. heck at 11 bucks still not expensive if the seats worth 30 bucks. thats what? 2 coffees maybe 3 at starbucks?

    edit 2: oh theres also this but its a little more expensive. 16 bucks http://www.amazon.com/Selle-Italia-S...1153012&sr=1-4
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerstg View Post
    Why do you want to make it more complicated than it needs to be? Grocery bag over the saddle and tied to the seatpost with the handles. Free, effective and simple. Replacements are easy to come by. So small that it fits under the saddle.
    +1 on this^^^

    Plus a thief will never know what's under the plastic grocery bag - theft deterrent & weather protector.
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    +1, black plastic bag.. or sheet stuff , it is used as a building material by the hundreds of feet.

    I leave a plastic bag over the saddle till the dry season,, that will be Junuary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerstg View Post
    Why do you want to make it more complicated than it needs to be? Grocery bag over the saddle and tied to the seatpost with the handles. Free, effective and simple. Replacements are easy to come by. So small that it fits under the saddle.
    +1

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    How about this one, sold by Amazon? I don't know if it's waterproof, but at least it should keep the UV off the saddle.

    You used to be able to find these things at bike shops everywhere. I owned several back in the '80s. I don't know why they seem to be scarce now.
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    several covers on Amazon

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    ...or sheet stuff , it is used as a building material by the hundreds of feet.
    Commonly referred to in the trade as visqueen. It is a much heavier gauge than garbage bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    How about this one, sold by Amazon? I don't know if it's waterproof, but at least it should keep the UV off the saddle.

    You used to be able to find these things at bike shops everywhere. I owned several back in the '80s. I don't know why they seem to be scarce now.
    Why? It's like putting on those cheap, chintzy clear plastic covers on sofa.
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    How about aluminum foil?
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    Consider a nice high quality shower cap. Works like a charm while looking nice.
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    I tried the grocery bag and duct tape but since I carry my bike on the top of my car at speeds up to 70 miles per hour it is shredded by the time I get to my ride. Lugging a role of duct tape and a stock of grocery bags is more hassle than I want. My Sella Italia saddle deserves better than a garbage bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHK View Post
    I tried the grocery bag and duct tape but since I carry my bike on the top of my car at speeds up to 70 miles per hour it is shredded by the time I get to my ride. Lugging a role of duct tape and a stock of grocery bags is more hassle than I want. My Sella Italia saddle deserves better than a garbage bag.
    A drawstring stuff sack will do just fine on the car, just put it over the saddle and pull the drawstring tight to the post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    +1
    +1 I've just come in from a ride in the rain. The plastic bag once again protected my Brooks very well

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    Hey DHK I carry my bike on the top of my car too and get this. Driving west on I70 in Colorado (speed limit 75mph) I was pulled over by a cop. I asked him why I was stopped and he said littering which is a $250 fine. My plastic grocery bag taped to my bike seat was shredding along the highway. Luckily I did not get a ticket but I had to listen to a 30 minute rant about littering pieces of plastic bag that would not decompose for 200 years all over the Colorado landscape. That night I went online and found a waterproof neoprene bike saddle cover made by a company Rogue Wolf Sports. It works great, slips on and off with one movement and has never flown off my saddle even at 75mph (well maybe 80)

    I might not have a Selle Italia saddle but my Terry saddle is looking good.

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    This sounds like a great idea but I'm not familiar with a stuff sack. Can you tell me if its waterproof?

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    Stuff sack is just a sack with a(usually) a string/rope cord inside the top. Kind of like a mesh hamper has or sort of like in athletic shorts the drawstring. But if you looked at the links I left for amazon theyre all waterproof saddle covers and that last one I posted is actually a Selle Italia seat cover. And all of them are under 16 bucks with shipping.

    edit: Or if just want the cheapest protection you can outside of grocery bags maybe this? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bike-Bicycle...item415f2b6856
    Last edited by pg13; 11-13-11 at 04:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHK View Post
    I tried the grocery bag and duct tape but since I carry my bike on the top of my car at speeds up to 70 miles per hour it is shredded by the time I get to my ride. Lugging a role of duct tape and a stock of grocery bags is more hassle than I want. My Sella Italia saddle deserves better than a garbage bag.
    Grocery bags usually have handles ... you don't need duct tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHK View Post
    This sounds like a great idea but I'm not familiar with a stuff sack. Can you tell me if its waterproof?
    OK, here's a suggestion. How about going to your local Canadian Tire, MEC, Anaconda, Decathlon, Go Sport, or REI and having a look at all the stuff they have in their sports and camping sections.

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    Hey BikrBabe thanks for the info. I logged into roguewolfsports.com and the saddle covers are what I am looking for. Have you found the saddle cover to be completely waterproof? How do you clean road grunge off of it? I am thinking the wolf design for $15.00 - a few duct tape rolls cost that much. Although they do have some other cool designs. Who knows I may just go for my own DHK design.

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    Hmm checked out rogue too and they look nice. Nicer than the others and not much more either. Wonder how much the minimum order is for custom? Odd. trying to see how much the wolf cover would cost with shipping and everytime I do the recalculate for it I only get the in store pickup. Guess Ill email them about it.

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    Why not use one of those cheap gel saddle covers from Target or something?

    Why you using a Selle Italia on a bike you leave outside, lol.

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