Best seat in the world!

darwin@dorite.use.com (Darwin Teague) wrote:

>I bought a piece of foam rubber FOUR inches thick. I cut out a piece the shape
>of the seat plus about a half an inch. (I had already taken the cover off and
>removed the stock “padding”).

>Then I cut a section out of the bottom that was the exact shape of the seat and
>about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch deep. This allowed the foam to cover the sides of
>the seat.

>I couldn’t get the cover to go back on, so I decided I’d have the world’s
>ugliest seat. I wrapped it with furnace tape. Man, was it ugly. The only
>drawback was that it covered the “lip” around the bottom of the seat, which
>will make it harder for me to grab the seat when I dismount.

>When I got done, my wife suggested that the cover would fit now and I slipped
>it right on. The only way I can attach it well, though is to cut the tape where
>it crosses under the seat. Since the cover is ripped on the ends I’m not
>planning on doing that right away. I’ll probably make a cover for it, adding a
>drawstring around the edge so I can just pull the string tight to attach it.

>The seat is very comfortable now.

In 1980, my friend Bradley (who got me started in unicycling) wanted a better
seat. Our Schwinn seats were ripped at the front and rear, and not too soft.
Duct tape had been used to hold the ends together and repair them. For those of
you not familiar with this material, I’ll warn you that on a hot summer day it
turns into a sticky gooey mess.

Bradley took a large piece of foam, and like the method described above, wrapped
it with tape to form its shape. The shape was like an exaggerated Schwinn seat;
puffy, and much taller.

Then, he took an old black T-shirt (make sure you use a dark color!) and hand
sewed it tightly around the seat, to make the cover. The metal edges of the seat
were covered all around by the foam, so it was more durable on drops, damaging
only the shirt/cover.

It was mostly luck, but the shape he came up with is better than any other uni.
saddle I’ve ever used. I don’t think I can describe it in a useful way, but it
was fat at both ends, but narrow enough in the middle for legs not to chafe. A
very high, soft, and thick part was right under the anus area, supporting most
of the rider’s weight.

This seat was made for his Schwinn Giraffe, and it still resides there. He
doesn’t ride much, but the same seat is still in use. In fact, I’ve borrowed it
a few times for long rides, such as the NY City 5 Boro Bike Tour (big wheel) or
the NY Puerto Rico Parade (2 hours nonstop on the 9 footer)!

It doesn’t have much to grab if you fall, but it’s worth it.

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone unicycle@aol.com