I have a rough tush. That’s my explanation for why every six months my bike seat disintegrates. I ride about 6 miles a week on my beater bike so the damage is beyond normal wear and tear. It could be that I leave my bike out in the rain and buy cheap seats to start with. No matter, my bike seat, above, is an embarrassment to bikers everywhere.
But rather than buy another $35 seat, I decided to cover the remnants of my current seat in duct tape.
My friends did not like this plan. One offered to buy me a seat so I wouldn’t a have to sit on duct tape. Here’s how one conversation went.
Me: “I don’t want to pay $35 for a seat that is going to fall apart in six months. I’m going to cover it in duct tape. It’ll last forever!”
Friend: “I know you’re frugal, but aren’t you taking this Niconail thing too far?”
Me: “If the duct tape doesn’t work, I’ll buy a new bike seat.”
Friend, realizing I am stubborn: “Go for it!”
Recently I fulfilled my frugal dream of covering my bike seat in duct tape, which I am been talking about for at least 6 weeks. The process took all of 15 minutes. It is not pink, which I had considered after reader Naomi pointed out duct tape comes in a rainbow of colors. But the black tape (actually it is Gorilla Tape) blends in and will save me from additional scorn.
Haven’t taken her out for a ride, but will keep you posted. In the meantime, here are pictures.
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