airseat conversion instructions

I just put up a set of instructions for an air-seat/gel-pad covnversion for a
Miyata seat on my web page. Check it out:

http://www.ncweb.com/users/rickbissell/uni/airseat.htm

This might be a nice addition to the www.unicycling.org FAQ page. If anyone has
any other helpful hints that they would like to share please forward them to me
and I will add them - Gilby, let me know if you are interested in using this…

-Rick

Re: airseat conversion instructions

Rick, and everyone, This morning I went down the the local bike shop and bought
your recommended large Schwinn gel pad. I put it into a Miyata seat as per your
instructions and the result is fantastic! This one is on my Coker, and I’ll
probably make another for my Telford. One drawback is that the gel is heavy, but
that is really minor compared to the extra comfort. Another drawback is the
cost: $32.99 at my bike shop for the gel. Oh well, this is unicycling, and cost
is no object, right? Anyone know where to order these cheaper?

Since I had made an air seat before, following the instructions was really
simple and quick. Just be careful inflating the tube - one (1) pump stroke
seemed to be about right for mine. I know others have exploded their seats by
not paying enough attention while pumping (Hi David). THANKS for putting up
this page - the photos help a lot.

—Nathan

Rick Bissell <rickbissell@ncweb.com> posted on 4/16/2000:

> I just put up a set of instructions for an air-seat/gel-pad covnversion
for a Miyata seat on my web page. Check it out:
>
> http://www.ncweb.com/users/rickbissell/uni/airseat.htm
>
> This might be a nice addition to the www.unicycling.org FAQ page. If
anyone has any other helpful hints that they would like
> to share please forward them to me and I will add them - Gilby, let me
know if you are interested in using this…
>
> -Rick

Re: airseat conversion instructions

Nathan,

I bought a large slab of gel foam (about 18" X 18" I think) from an upolstery
shop a few years ago. I can’t remember how much it was, but it was cheeper that
$33 and it had enough material to cut out 4 Miyata seat shaped pieces. The
combination of Gel/Air seat is fairly comfortable.

John Hooten

Nathan Hoover wrote:

> Rick, and everyone, This morning I went down the the local bike shop and
> bought your recommended large Schwinn gel pad. I put it into a Miyata seat as
> per your instructions and the result is fantastic! This one is on my Coker,
> and I’ll probably make another for my Telford. One drawback is that the gel is
> heavy, but that is really minor compared to the extra comfort. Another
> drawback is the cost: $32.99 at my bike shop for the gel. Oh well, this is
> unicycling, and cost is no object, right? Anyone know where to order these
> cheaper?
>
> Since I had made an air seat before, following the instructions was really
> simple and quick. Just be careful inflating the tube - one (1) pump stroke
> seemed to be about right for mine. I know others have exploded their seats
> by not paying enough attention while pumping (Hi David). THANKS for putting
> up this page - the photos help a lot.
>
> —Nathan
>
> Rick Bissell <rickbissell@ncweb.com> posted on 4/16/2000:
>
> > I just put up a set of instructions for an air-seat/gel-pad covnversion
> for a Miyata seat on my web page. Check it out:
> >
> > http://www.ncweb.com/users/rickbissell/uni/airseat.htm
> >
> > This might be a nice addition to the www.unicycling.org FAQ page. If
> anyone has any other helpful hints that they would like
> > to share please forward them to me and I will add them - Gilby, let me
> know if you are interested in using this…
> >
> > -Rick

Re: airseat conversion instructions

>Another drawback is the cost: $32.99 at my bike shop for the gel.

It was around $20 + tax for me…at the local Schwinn shop. That is still kinda
expensive, but I agree with you - it’s worth it.

I’m glad to hear that the instructions helped - thanks!

Rick

Re: airseat conversion instructions

John Hooten wrote:
>
> I bought a large slab of gel foam (about 18" X 18" I think) from an upolstery
> shop a few years ago. I can’t remember how much it was, but it was cheeper
> that $33 and it had enough material to cut out 4 Miyata seat shaped pieces.
> The combination of Gel/Air seat is fairly comfortable.

Neoprene foam is also a good alternative foam to use. I bought 3 cubic feet of
1/4" thick foam for about $5 at a local foam shop. I don’t know how it
compares in comfort to the gel stuff, but it is a lot lighter than the gel.
Although lightness doesn’t matter for a commuting unicycle (must be
comfortable!). It does for a freestyle one. In my seat that I have on my Coker
I have a combo of neoprene and air for the padding. On my freestyle unicycle,
I have just the neoprene.

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