A bike seat cover offers lots of advantages
As the name suggests, a bike seat cover (or saddle cover) is pulled over the seat and protects it from dirt and rain. There are also seat covers designed to provide more riding comfort. These models are equipped with gel, which provides extra soft padding. Seat covers are available in many different designs.
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Bike seat covers can be used in many different ways
Seat covers protect your bike seat from dirt and rain. If you park your bike out in the open, it makes sense to cover the seat. A cover can simply be pulled over the seat to protect it from moisture and dirt.
These models work similarly to rainwear: the outer layer has a water-repellent coating to protect against moisture. Just like rainwear, a good seat cover should be considered part of your basic equipment. Because the best rainwear is no use if you have to sit on a wet seat. Seat covers fold up easily and can be carried in your luggage.
There are universal seat covers that are equipped with an elastic band and can thus be easily pulled over the saddle. So in addition to their practical uses, covers can also be used to add some visual flair to your bike. If your seat is worn out or you want to add some colour, there are many great saddle covers available for this.
A gel seat cover improves riding comfort
If you’re looking to make your seat more comfortable, it’s a gel seat cover you want. These models are available in many colours and designs. Anyone who rides a bike for long distances knows it all too well – the saddle can rub after a few miles, or even cause very unpleasant pressure points. Especially in summer, when short clothing is worn and friction causes irritation.
A gel seat cover addresses this problem. The gel insert in the seat cover provides optimal cushioning and increases seating comfort. Most seat covers have an anti-slip coating so that you don’t slide back and forth in the saddle.
There are also models with pressure-relieving recesses. A gel seat cover can simply be pulled over the seat and is usually fastened with a drawstring. So most models can be used universally, whatever type of bike you’re riding.
Women often opt for a gel seat cover
Women in particular often use seat covers. Sometimes it’s to spice up the visual appeal of their bike, but much more often it’s to improve comfort. Gel seat covers reduce friction and prevent irritation. They are usually softer than other covers and provide relief.
Since women are more likely to cycle in short clothing, a seat cover can be useful to ensure that your skin doesn’t stick to the saddle, especially in summer. Seat covers also tend not to get so warm when left in the sun.
There’s a wide range of seat covers to choose from. When making a purchase decision, think carefully about your needs to find the right seat cover for you.