How to Make a Padded Bicycle Seat

How to Make a Padded Bicycle Seat
It takes time for your body to adjust to a bike seat. It's not uncommon to feel sore when you first start riding or if your ride only occasionally. If you plan to ride on a regular basis, give yourself time to adjust to your saddle. If you still feel pain after regular riding, or if you just don't ride enough to toughen up, it may be time to add padding to your bike seat. With only a few materials, you can make a padded seat to add cushion to your current saddle.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Water-resistant fabric
  • 2-inch foam pad
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Box cutter
  • 3 mm cord
Step 1
Place the fabric over your current saddle and use a marker to trace the outline of your saddle onto the material.
Step 2
Draw a second outline, 4 inches outside your first outline, that follows the shape of your tracing. You want to create a second outline with a slightly larger area than your first.
Step 3
Use scissors to cut out your tracing, following the second, larger outline that you drew.
Step 4
Place the saddle-shaped cutout onto a second piece of fabric.
Step 5
Trace the saddle onto the fabric and cut it out with scissors.
Step 6
Place a piece of foam pad over your current saddle and outline the saddle on the foam.
Step 7
Use scissors to cut out the foam tracing.
Step 8
Center the foam between the two pieces of fabric.
Step 9
Sew the pieces of fabric together, making stitches right next to the foam. This should leave extra material around the foam.
Step 10
Sew the perimeter of the material. This will give you two sets of stitching, one right next to the foam and one right along the edge of the material.
Step 11
Use a box cutter to cut a vertical slit between the two sets of stitches. You can do this anywhere on the material, as long as it's between the two layers of stitches. Cut only through one layer of material.
Step 12
Work a piece of cord between the pocket that you created by sewing the two lines of stitches. Start and end through the slit you cut to create a drawstring.
Step 13
Install your new padded seat on top of your old saddle. The foam will line up with your old saddle to provide more cushion. The extra material falls under your old saddle and the drawstring holds it in place.

Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

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