200lb & leg cuts from rubbing

How do 200lb guys (or any adult) Unicycle often while avoiding getting
cuts on the sides (close to middle of body…) of their legs from a
Miyata seat?

P.S. I probably wouldn’t look awesome in spandex shorts

I weigh a bit more than that and wear a pair of baggy cycle shorts I
found. You could wear regular shorts over your spandex - I gather lots of
people do this. You should consider converting the Miyata to an air seat.

Arnold the Aardvark

“jim klein” <jim.klein@worldnet.att.net> wrote: How do 200lb guys (or any
adult) Unicycle often while avoiding getting cuts on the sides (close to
middle of body…) of their legs from a Miyata seat?

P.S. I probably wouldn’t look awesome in spandex shorts

Hmmm, how old is your seat and how long have you been riding?

As a general rule, the older seat, the more the padding is compressed and
the less comfortable it is. A miyata seat usually has some padding on the
sides in the form of a thin piece of foam under the seat cover. It is
possible that this may have been moved/lost/destroyed which will cause
more discomfort while riding. It may be worth dismantling your seat and
adding a bit more padding.

If you have just started riding you may be gripping the seat too hard
with your thighs. It is not necessary to grip with your legs to stay on
the seat, try consciously making an effort not to grip the seat, you
will still be able to stay on, just by virtue of most of your weight
being on the seat.

Some other possible solutions if this is a prolonged problem are

  • convert your seat to an air seat using the kit from unicycle.com
  • try a different seat design to see if it works better for you (eg
    viscount)
  • get hold of some cycle shorts that have a second outer shell, these
    look like normal shorts on the outside but provide the comfort of
    cycle pants.
  • use a product like butt’r which is a lotion which reduces chaffing.
  • bite the bullet and go for spandex shorts

Peter another 200 pound guy who doesn’t have problems since he got rid of
his savage seat.

o o Peter Bier o O o Juggler, unicyclist, programmer and mathematician.
o/|\o peter_bier@usa.net

I’m probably 230-240 and the Miyata seat has been a dream for me
since I got
it. Forget about how you look and get a pair of spandex padded shorts,
and wear some baggy shorts over them. Works for me.

John

jim klein wrote:

> How do 200lb guys (or any adult) Unicycle often while avoiding getting
> cuts on the sides (close to middle of body…) of their legs from a
> Miyata seat?
>
> P.S. I probably wouldn’t look awesome in spandex shorts

Interesting talk about unicyclist poundage, makes me wonder about the
heaviest unicyclist ever to stay on top. At 285, I had to resort to the
Profile setup just to ride over a curb without bending cranks.

A. Nonymous (if you don’t happen look at my return address)

John wrote:
>
> I’m probably 230-240 and the Miyata seat has been a dream for me
> since I got
> it. Forget about how you look and get a pair of spandex padded shorts,
> and wear some baggy shorts over them. Works for me.
>
> John
>
> jim klein wrote:
>
> > How do 200lb guys (or any adult) Unicycle often while avoiding getting
> > cuts on the sides (close to middle of body…) of their legs from a
> > Miyata seat?
> >
> > P.S. I probably wouldn’t look awesome in spandex shorts