suspension seatpost or gel seat

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by errolprowse, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. errolprowse

    errolprowse New Member

    which ones better?
    do you guys have suggestions on whats cheapest and better?
    do the suspension seatpost have to be expensive to be good?

    im about 130 pounds so i dont have to pedal at all on my gebe, i would love to get something to kill the vibration on my seat. any comments are well appreciated, thank you

  2. bbb

    bbb Member

    get one of these with the 3rd spring up front...nice ride

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  3. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Both - gel seat on suspension post.
  4. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    I got one of those Bell Gel seats a wally-world for around $20.00
    It really made a big difference over the stock seat ( that was like a rock )
    It has lasted well so far no tears or leaks !!!!
    might get a suspension post also..
  5. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    i agree with SS both if you can do it,

    happy trails VP
  6. fetor56

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  7. lordoflightaz

    lordoflightaz Member

    The gel gets HOT:(:( I thought I was going to burn my buns the other day.
  8. Porkchop

    Porkchop Member

    I have a Gel seat cover that I put on my bike this past weekend. And I stress "SEAT COVER" not a commplete Gel seat. DON'T bother. The one I have slides all over the place on the seat. I thought about cutting a piece of friction pad like you use under throw rugs and placing that underneath it, but just to much stuff to have to fool with in my opinion. I removed it big time. Could cause you to slip and crash. I'm going to be in the market for a seat soon myself.
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  9. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    I've got the same seat cover and same prob... Get a needle and thread to hold it to the seat tighter. The factory draw string didn't work on mine real well either!
  10. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    On new Sun bikes, I swap the standard 10" Sun Cloud-9 for a 12", my bike shop charges me $10 to make that change.

    Schwinn owners usually run up there and get a 12" saddle toot-sweet quiick, they run about $30.

    The shock absorber post is standard on the Sun Comfort Rovers, about an $18 value.

    Justin, my bike shop guy, has this new type of air shock absorber seat post, he put one on his mom's bike and says she loves it....I'll probably buy one sometime soon, just to check it out. They run $45, iirc.

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  11. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member


    Go to a fabric store and purchase a roll of double sided fabric seam tape. Apply to the existing saddle - when you have it positioned to your satisfaction (remember, for this application tape strips should be no more than their own width apart at the edges), peel off the protective cover, and carefully position the gel seat cover.

    I'd suggest, once you have it positioned, that you use a hair dryer and get the seat cover quite warm, then press it firmly into place all over.
  12. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    IMO, if you can only afford one, get the suspension seatpost. Otherwise do both.
  13. errolprowse

    errolprowse New Member

    sounds like ill be getting the suspension seat post and then the gel seat later.(not to much money right now).
  14. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    I have a 10" wide gel seat already, and am considering fabbing up an offset suspenion post (I want the seat moved back about 2.5-3 inches) on my trike conversion. For now I'll stick with the existing solid seat post. The suspension seat posts are more effective in lessening road shock transmitted through the frame, whereas the gel seats are more effective at lessening the vibration from the engine and road rumble. Together, they are very effective for all of it.
  15. errolprowse

    errolprowse New Member

    ohhhhh thats good to know, the main thing i hate is the vibration from the motor, i might get the gel seat first than.
  16. Simon_A

    Simon_A Member

    I went shopping at Kmart and got a schwinn webspring seat and a gel seat. Took the top of the seat off the gel seat and the spring seat and combined the 2. All of 2 bolts and screws to undo and redo. And the jobs great. Gel springer seat.
  17. Hmmmm.....Interesting comparison between what a suspension seat post does VS the
    gel cover....Anybody here try a suspension bike, Suspension seat post AND get seat cover?
    THAT ought to be smooth....OR maybe the two suspensions would be too much?

  18. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    When I started in 2005 I tried some of those $99 Avalons from WallyWorld, with dual suspension. On one of them I put mustache handle-bars, swapped out for better grips, and put on a wide saddle and shock absorber post. The customer is still tooling around on it, he called the other day about swapping for the 4 stroke like his buddy bought.

    So, a $99 bike plus about $50-75 in modifications.

    I wish these official bicycle sites worked better...I cannot find the dark blue Trek model I saw at my bike shop last week. They call them low-steppers instead of ladies bikes.

    The one I saw had dual suspension, the one in this link:

    only shows "deluxe front".

    But that dark blue model would be my ultimate for a senior citizen model, dual suspension w/ shock post, pedals pushed forward like the Sun Comfort Rover and Diamondback, curvy handlebars. No fenders, but that's and add on on a lot of models.

    Swap out the saddle for the 12", the only way the ride could get smoother might be the $45 air shock seat post that I have yet to try.

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  19. Junster

    Junster Member

    Is anyone using one of those $20 schwinn seats from walmart that doesn't have the point in the front? They are real wide I don't really know the name.
  20. javelina1

    javelina1 Member

    I love having this on my Trek hard tail. Been running with it for the last 4 years...

    Though my Titus Switchblade is my favorite, (full suspension).

    But now my China Girl is now coming close. I'm looking to add a wide springer seat to it.