I was coming to post something about Gel, and I noticed asqlerth’s airseat post where he mentioned gel. Anyway, I didn’t want to high-jack his thread - plus, I’m interested in specific gel experience.
As I’m trying to build up my Coker distance, I am frustrated to find that it is seat discomfort, not strength or endurance, that usually ends my day of riding. So, before any other modifications, I’m going to make the best possible saddle for the SpaceCruiser - and I think that means Gel and a Rail adapter/post.
So, Gel looks to be pretty pricey, but I’m going to give it a go. Here’s where I’m looking. My biggest saddle discomfort is what I would describe as pressure point pain. After riding a while, there is one nerve or joint or something in my undercarriage area that feels like its taking the entire weight of my body. If I can eliminate the pressure on that nerve, I feel like I’ll be set.
Does anybody have experience with Gel? I’m interested in:
A) How thick is it? Can the thickness be an issue when jamming it inside a saddle?
2) Anybody familiar with this memory foam dealy they’ve got going on? Seems like it could be nice, but it also seems like extra thickness, and if thickness is a problem…
Anyway, before I buy, I have to decide if I should go for the regular gel layer or the special Ultimate Gel pad with the memory foam.
If your interested in reading the details of my plan, here goes…
I’m going to cut the gel to the size and shape of the Miyata inner foam.
Then I’m going to start by building a Miyata air-saddle sandwich:
(bottom) Saddle frame
(layer 1) single layer inner tube
(layer 2) Original Miyata foam, perhaps with the plumbing channel carved out
(layer 3) gel pad
…all stuffed inside a Roach Cover.
I’m going to see how I feel about that. Then I’m going to try something different and compare. I think it would be nice to have a KH Velo - plus gel.
I’m gong to take the handle/bumpers off of the KH Velo. Without trying to disassemble the KH Velo, I’m going to lay the gel pad on top and bag it all inside a Roach cover. Then, I’ll replace the handles and bumpers as with a Miyata. I was playing around with a Miyata cover on a KH Velo, and I think if I strap it down right, a Roach cover could fit onto it OK. I may have to play around with glue or tape or something later to keep the gel pad from shifting.
Once I decide which is better, that will be my coker saddle.