When the group ride made a stop for food/beer and we secured our bikes, I watched a male cyclist glance at the evening sky to assess the potential for rain (always a reasonable move during a Florida summer.) Dark clouds were gathering, and rain appeared to be a distinct possibility. I briefly considered my Brooks leather saddle, which was still in the process of trying to “break in” my butt to conform to its contours, and decided that I didn’t care if it got wet. In fact, I would have been delighted if were thoroughly soaked by rain. Or by acid rain. Or by acid. Then I watched the male cyclist quickly pull a pale pink rain cover over his Brooks saddle. PINK! He apparently noticed my expression, and showed me that the rain cover was a shower cap. Not a bad idea, I thought, but pink? He explained that they come three to a package for $1.39 at Publix Supermarket, one pink, one blue, and one yellow. Well, so much for stereotypes! Apparently real men do cover their bike saddles with pink shower caps.
I can usually come up with something in a pinch, but also like to be at least somewhat prepared for small things that could make my ride unpleasant. Packing some sort of saddle cover, especially in Florida summer, is not much trouble, and far better than the improvised methods.
This flimsy plastic grocery bag has holes in it already.
And it doen’t look all that securely tied on. Better than nothing, but not by much.
Here are some assorted bikes with different models of Brooks leather saddles. There’s a B66s, a Countess, a B18 Ladies, and a B17 Select, all differently shaped designs.
I compared three Publix brand shower caps with a trio of Brooks saddle covers. The shower caps cost $.47 each, and the Brooks covers (these came with the saddles), when sold separately, are priced at around $10.00 to $20.00 each. The Brooks covers roll up and are wrapped with a strip of Velcro. One is rolled up here. Due to the length of the velcro strip, you can’t roll it up without a length of the “hook” part of the strip exposed. This means that it will snag on things.
Maybe I’m just lacking in manual dexterity, but it took me several minutes of struggling to get the Brooks covers on.
The Publix shower caps went on quickly and easily for every saddle type.
I am packing shower caps in my bike bags from now on. If you’re an insecure guy, you could give the pink one to a female friend and keep the blue and yellow ones for yourself. But it’s better than a wet seat, for sure.