Cyclists all know that no matter how hard we try to keep the bicycle shiny and looking good, the components in tip top condition – it’s really an uphill battle. This is why we have factories and companies constantly having to churn out new parts on a regular basis.
One of the parts that comes under constant “attack” is the bicycle seat. Left out in the sun for too long over many days, has the potential to lead to cracked or withered seat covers or faded leather. The different materials used to make the seat and cover it certainly helps to keep the seat lasting longer but it will still wear down over time.
The biggie for me is rain. What can we do? Out in the middle of nowhere, it begins to pour and the bike seat is the normal casualty. I’m not saying that one downpour will spoil the cover but over time (again – that word – time), it will wear down.
So the best thing we can do is keep the bike away from the elements when it’s not in use by storing it inside a room or in a shed or in the porch somewhere. Maybe an extra bicycle seat cover might do good although it is good to “air” out the seat after a ride. Another thing is to wipe the seat thoroughly after it gets wet and then lightly apply some bike seat cream or oil to the cover.
However, it is futile to expect the seat to last forever. It will have to be changed once it begins to sag and crack and lose it’s firmness. I guess that is one thing that is sure to everything on earth.