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Benefits of Gel Pad Bike Seat

Whether you are riding your bike in the gym or on the open roads, sitting for hours on the saddle can get uncomfortable due to lack of padding. In such cases, getting a gel pad bike seat over your saddle can make all the difference. The benefits of gel pad seat are endless. However, do make it a point to ensure the advantages are ideal for you.

Shock absorption:

Riding over potholes, bad quality roads, rocks and tree branches can cause back pain. As the original bike seat has very little padding, it does not offer much protection from the shocks that are felt through the spine. By the placement of a gel pad seat, your back and bottom are cushioned better, thus, absorbing most of the shock and make cycling comfortable.

Enhanced workout:

When you are on a long ride (indoors or outdoors), there are higher chances of you experiencing discomfort. Cycling with discomfort can affect your endurance and power output. With a gel pad seat, you will get rid of that discomfort. This indirectly will certainly make a big difference on your endurance and power output.

Reduced friction:

Standard bike seats are usually made from a leather-like substitute that is likely to stick to your legs. Constant friction between the seat and the skin will likely cause saddle sores. However, by covering the seat with a high-quality gel pad seat you are likely to reduce the chances of saddle sores drastically.

Better Rides:

On the overall, a good gel pad bike seat will ensure to make your rides comfortable and longer. With a good gel pad seat, you will spend lesser time worrying about comfort and saddles sores, and spend more time enjoying your time riding.

With a gel seat, you can commute better and don’t have to worry about getting embarrassed with the padded shorts. However, the cycling shorts have their own advantages which you can read here.

So if you are looking for ways to reduce the spanking, a gel pad seat can be a good idea.

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Abhishek Tarfe is a Certified Bike Mechanic from Park Tool School. He enjoys teaching people how to cycle and loves going on multi-day tours. Besides, he loves dogs and coffee. Follow his madness on Instagram

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