|Trace The Mitten|
I have six bikes that I ride on a rotational basis. It is important for me to have a comfortable seat on each without needing to change seats before I ride.
Last year I purchased a gel seat cover which will rest on top of the existing seat. I felt this was a good option since it cost about 1/4 of a new gel, but I did not expect this cover to be of the same quality.
I have ridden over 700 miles with that seat and thought this arrangement was satisfactory, but the last rides were uncomfortable. These were rides of 1-2 hours. Had this cover run it course of life? It would not surprise me. These covers are designed for the short jaunt around the block a couple times a season.
I made a change. Several years ago I purchased a Bell seat at the bike section of a big box discount retail store. I had felt comfortable with this seat on 1-2 hour rides on my mountain bike going over gravel and rough paths. The last year it has been on the bike with my mag trainer.
Yesterday I placed it on my back up tour bike. I rode for 3 hours and felt comfortable. I will see how this works.