Re: advice for new uni rider on saddle comfort?
This is the correct way to learn. Naturally it puts more weight onto the soft tissues, so you must be doing it right! First of all, with time your body will get used to it. There is no replacement for the natural adjustments the body makes to new activities and frictions.
But some bodies fit unicycle seats better than others. I remember a friend of mine who learned on one of my old unicycles then bought his own. He became a very solid rider, but always had trouble with any extended amount of riding.
I think he was particularly well equipped in the reproduction department, which can be a drawback in unicycling. Also, some people find one seat much more comfortable than another, and this is not universal. Our crotches are not all the same.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I think you are the first person I’ve ever seen here on the newsgroup to ask about saddle soreness after investing in some cycling shorts! Most either don’t know about them or seem to be hoping to avoid the whole lycra spandex thing.
You, on the other hand, seem to be doing everything right. Your seat is at the optimum angle to take weight off the forward part of the crotch, and you have what is, for me, the most comfortable foam saddle ever made.
It’s important to move your “equipment” out of the way for riding, which usually means pulling things forward. I’m sure you have thought of this as well. Hopefully, some more saddle time will see your body getting more used to it, so you can get more enjoyment out of riding.
The Kris Holm/Velo saddle is not well suited to modification, due to the way the cover is stapled on. Since it’s so new on the market, there hasn’t been much reported in the way of people doing conversions. Because those seats are so nice, you might even want to keep it as-is and get a separate seat to convert to Air. The Miyatas are best for this. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to use a Roach or other replacement cover, of a type that laces underneath because you can’t clip it back on.
Not sure if you’re talking about undergarments, or suspension seat posts. For undergarments, I haven’t heard of any that are widely used. Certainly the tratitional athletic supporter, as it’s called in the US, is not good for unicycling, at least not the one I tried many years ago. You end up sitting on the straps!
Suspension seat posts work, but will not make a big difference in saddle soreness. Especially if you’re riding on smooth ground.