Re: What about really comfortable cruiser seats?
All my bikes have Brooks, Ideale, or similar leather saddles. It's true about them being hard until broken in, but once they are, they're awesome.
I ride (pedal) just about every day, either a short trip to the liquor store, or a 50+ mile ride to the beach and back.
My butt never gets sore anymore, and no numbness in my, uh, nether regions.
The plain truth, is the more you ride, the less you hurt. Your butt gets used to it.
If you're a weekend cruiser, big gel seats are usually the way to go. There's many big, padded, springy, comfortable looking seats on new stock bikes, but one long ride and you'll know they weren't made with your comfort in mind. After a while, you can tell just by the look and feel of a seat that it's gonna hurt, without ever riding it.