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Designed for the broad of beam. Not very comfortable.
on October 15, 2006
One of the metal springs broke in my bicycle seat so I bought the Bell GelTech as a replacement. I wasn't impressed.
* It's a very wide seat and quite short front to back. This apparently is the design for a larger, ahem, bottom. I'm an average sized guy and mine didn't fit very well.
* The seat feels great when you push your fingers in it. The gel feels nice and squishy. But...when you sit on it the comfort evaporates. After riding 6 miles on this seat it felt like I was sitting on a concrete slab with a little padding on it. I didn't think it was comfortable at all.
* Turn the seat over and you can see what looks like two large springs, one on each side. This would be great to cushion bumps. Unfortunately, they just "look" like springs. They're rubber disks and, yes, they do compress over bumps but they're nothing at all like springs. And you can really feel the bumps.
* Finally, the seat looks like it belongs on a circus bicycle. It's garish and ugly and people will point at you and laugh. Well, that may be a bit harsh. I was willing to live with the ugly looks if it worked. But it didn't.
I ended up buying a simple Schwinn "memory foam" model for about $17. It was the only Schwinn model my local store had. My guess is any of the Schwinn models would have been fine. The one I bought doesn't have springs either but it is much more comfortable than the Bell GelTech. And people have stopped laughing and pointing.