I have a wide gel seat with the springs underneath and padded bike shorts. The shorts only seem to protect/cover my "mommy parts" but don't extend outward to my sit bones. I'll have to look at other bike shorts to see if that padded part extends at all. If not, I'll use my sewing skills to modify the shorts. It's not horrible when I'm sitting, but when I go to lift my butt off the bike it's very painful.