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Old 11-24-2014, 08:53 AM   #1
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Alternative to Beadrider for seat comfort

Okay,

After about 12 long year my Beadrider seat cover broke while riding into the office. A moment of silence. :-(

Okay, I was pretty happy with them for all these years as an alternative to a custom aftermarket seat being made for my butt. Heck, I even had an aftermarket seat and still used the beads. I wanted to know from the gang does anyone have any other suggestions besides beadrider. Thanks for any thoughts.
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:55 PM   #2
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Let me be the first to suggest an Airhawk 2.
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Old 11-24-2014, 01:25 PM   #3
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Thank you. A little bit pricier than my beads but can you really put a price on comfort. :-)
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Old 11-24-2014, 01:28 PM   #4
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Alaskan leather.

There's a thread around here in the Vendor's forum with an ADV discount. Awesome people to deal with, and very inexpensive for the comfort provided.
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:57 PM   #5
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Alaskan leather.

There's a thread around here in the Vendor's forum with an ADV discount. Awesome people to deal with, and very inexpensive for the comfort provided.
Beads let you get that minty fresh feeling of cool air on the arse when it's sweaty hot out there. I like how one can quickly change the many pressure points that the beads provide. In cool weather, other methods probably do well.
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Old Yesterday, 12:24 AM   #6
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I have used the air hawk and thought it was terrible. The beads are wonderful though especially in hot weather. I have since replaced my beads with a 3D Mesh seat covering similar to that used in Kontour seats. It has made the stock seat so much better.


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Old Yesterday, 03:53 AM   #7
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Don't forget the Beadrider advantage in the rain of keeping your ass from sitting in a pool of water.
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Old Yesterday, 04:30 AM   #8
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There is no substitute for the bead rider. The Airhawk and Alaska Sheep's Skin seats are poor substitutes.

Especially the sheep skins, I can't even tell it's on the bike, waste of money.
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Old Yesterday, 04:35 AM   #9
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I have plenty of customers who use the Bead Rider with their seats-stock or custom. They place my waterproof seat covers under the beads in summer and over in winter when the air gets too cold as it flows under their "seat".

99% of reports from those riders are positive on the Bead Rider.
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Old Yesterday, 05:47 AM   #10
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I'm a cheap bastard and look to save a dollar when I can. If you really like the functionality of the beads but don't wanna fork our 40-50$ for a new set, get a set of the taxi cab seat beads from Wally World. Then just cut them to fit your bike seat. You will have to unlace the beads but it pretty easy...just start about 2 rows of bead more than you actually need and unlace. I took a piece of 18ga wire and laced the outside of all the beads (outer edge); keeps them from coming unlaced during use. If you don't like the wood color of the wally world beads, then just paint them. An hour or so our your time and 10$!
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Don't let a couple of negative remarks put you off the Airhawk 2. I've done 14 hour days on one, on and off road. They're adjustable, have good airflow, and mine doesn't pool in heavy rain. Still maybe worth considering as an alternative as per you OP. Good luck with which ever way you go.
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Great info

Thanks for all the great info everyone. Right now I think it is between the beads and the Alaska buttpad on the list.
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