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post #1 of 14 Old 10-13-2011, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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I recently purchased the "Sweet Cheeks" system and got to try it out today on the ride to work.

It's just 32 miles each way, but in the past, by the time I hit the 10-mile mark, I was already squirming around trying to get comfortable and a pain would develop in my right hip. It sucks getting old.

Anyway, so far I love this thing. Made the trip each way sitting still and not moving around once due to pain or "hot spots." It doesn't look like much, but it felt like I'd taken the seat cushion off my La-Z-Boy recliner and was sitting on it while riding.

Would it do the trick for you hard-core long-hauler types? I don't know, but it made a dramatic difference in my comfort on this commute.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, here's a quick look. I got mine from cycleanalyst just because that's the first place that popped up when I searched for one to buy. I received it within two working days.

The "system" in its raw form. It's made of a rather heavy nylon that I would consider "cordura," but I'm not sure if that's what it is. I got the Size 8 to go with my Stearns seat cover. Obviously, it utilizes two 2-liter bottles to support more of your butt and your thighs. Any kind of 2-liters can be used. I chose these Milwaukee's Best 2-liter bottles because they seem heavier than soda bottles. Note: This is a cheap way to buy beer, but when it's hot out, it's hard to get one down before they go flat and warm.

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There is also a pouch/sleeve in the flat part of the thing that goes across the top of the seat. You can add foam or something else in there if you want to. I chose not to put any in.


The thing fits "saddlebag style" on the seat with the bottles hanging over the edges and about flush with the top of the seat.

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I was able to use the straps for my Stearns seat cover to secure the Sweet Cheeks to the seat using the four large loops on each corner of it. So far it's worked, but I need to do some tweaking and have not settled on a final attachment method.

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I had to start somewhere, so I filled the bottles most of the way. You can "adjust" the system by changing the "pressure" in the bottles. I think I started off a little too firm and will soften the bottles. It would seem you could use the bottles with no water in them if you wanted to. For a less firm feel, you can squeeze the bottle so it's partially collapsed and then screw the lid on tight.

I noted when I got on to leave for work, I seemed to be sitting higher and had to almost tip-toe with a 34" inseam where before I could flatfoot with both feet. A different view in my mirrors confirmed I was sitting higher. In my opinion, that's good, though.

I don't know if it will always be that way, or if it's just because I started with the bottles so firm.

It could also be because the 8" size is for the stock KLR seat. The Stearns seat cover adds some bulk and width and the flat part of the fabric just barely fits across it. It could be the bottles are being pulled up a little too far, but it seems like the 9" version would be too wide.

I also think I'll slide it back a little further on the seat for my ride tomorrow so less of my thighs are actually in contact with the bottles. I figure I'll just keep messing with it until I get it just where I want it. I'd like to make that reach to the ground with my legs just a little shorter.

I secured it pretty well, so had no problems with it shifting around when I mounted the bike. Since I have a trunk on the back, I have to get on and off "hurdler style" with one leg straight out.

So, in the end, didn't have the money to buy an aftermarket seat and was afraid even if I did, I might not be happy with it.

This is a good solution for me. It's comfortable and if I'm riding off-road, it will come off quickly and easily. It's also a good way to carry some extra water if you're going camping.

It was raining when I got off work and as I had been forewarned, found the thing saturated as it isn't waterproof.

The only downside I could really find during the first real test of the thing is now that I don't have any backside issues distracting me, I now really notice how much the handlebars vibrate.

Bottom Line: I think it's a good, cheap system (less than $30 shipped) that improves stock seat comfort while highway riding and can be readily removed for more technical off-road riding where I feel it would be a hindrance.




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Very interesting. So it raises you a little, like a butt hammock?

They sell beer in two liter plastic bottles?




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Very interesting. So it raises you a little, like a butt hammock?

They sell beer in two liter plastic bottles?
I've given it some more thought and think the Stearns cover makes the seat a tad too wide for this 8" size, so I'm going to try it today in the same configuration but I'm going to remove the seat cover since I really don't think I need it any more. I think the tightly-stretched fabric pulls the bottles up a little higher than they're supposed to be.

They don't sell beer in 2-liter bottles out there?



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Me too. Beer in plastic bottles. Dang. What will they think of next?

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Sweet Cheeks riding system- not exactly what was expected. You really know how to hurt a guy.

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Can you really call that beer??



In England, they sell store brand (Tescos) hard cider in 2 liter bottles. It is undrinkable.

Are these the new 40s??

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In England, they sell store brand (Tescos) hard cider in 2 liter bottles. It is undrinkable.

Are these the new 40s??
It kind of tastes like regular beer that's been opened and then kept in two-liter bottles under somebody's a** on a KLR seat for about 10,000 miles over the course of a long, hot Summer. But, hey, I'm not picky.

It has gained a strong following (at least here in Holt County) for being appreciated as the beer that most complements and enhances the subtle flavors of Tabasco Slim Jims and Moon Pies.



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I've seen beer in plastic bottles but never 2-liter soda types. Seriously, I'm kind of blown away.

So, I still don't get it. It supports your legs? It's a butt hammock?




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I've seen beer in plastic bottles but never 2-liter soda types. Seriously, I'm kind of blown away.

So, I still don't get it. It supports your legs? It's a butt hammock?
It basically just provides a wider surface area on which to sit. The bottles start out slightly above the top of the seat, but when you sit down on them, they wind up about level with the top of the seat and support more of the outside of your butt and the bottoms of your thighs.

For my ride today, I "deflated" the bottles a little and moved it back a couple of inches. Still a nice, comfy ride but with better reach down to the ground with my legs and feet. You just have to ride and feel it and then tweak it to where you want it.

After a couple of days with it, I'm sold: it was a good addition.



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