Comfortable Seat ! ?

I have been riding for 25 years. I am on my second unicycle, but I am on my
eighth or nineth seat. I have never found one that I can tolorate for more than
about 40 minutes or about 5 miles.

I would like to ride more for excercise, but I need a more comfortable seat.

Any Suggestions?

Thanks, Jeff Arnold

jarnold@bev.net

Re: Comfortable Seat ! ?

jarnold wrote:
|> I have been riding for 25 years. I am on my second unicycle, but I am on my
|> eighth or nineth seat. I have never found one that I can tolorate for more
|> than about 40 minutes or about 5 miles.
|>
|> I would like to ride more for excercise, but I need a more comfortable seat.
|>
|> Any Suggestions?
|>
|> Thanks, Jeff Arnold
|>
|> jarnold@bev.net
|>

Try Miyata saddles, as I described in a recent message. If you double pad it
and attach a small towel with rubber bands, you can ride a 100 miles with
minimum pain.

Stay on top, Jack Halpern, IUF Vice President Regards, Jack Halpern

Re: Comfortable Seat ! ?

Forwarded message:
> From: m-balzer@ux7.cso.uiuc.edu (Mark Anthony Balzer) I spoke with Tom Miller
> on the phone about comfortable seats, and he said that there is no such thing.
> He recommended tilting the front up so that you were sitting on the largest
> area possible, and covering the seat with real (not synthetic) lambs’ wool. He
> said that he sells sheepskin seat covers made for exercise bicycles which
> don’t fit all that well, but people seem willing to use them because they are
> all that is available. Today I just bought an 11" diameter lambs wool bonnet
> for a polisher (like you use to buff a car) and am going to see if I can get
> that to fit on my seat.

I had the same discussion with Tom earlier this year after an especially painful
23 mile ride. I went ahead and bought the seat cover from him. Even though not
designed for a unicycle seat, it fits fine on my Schwinn seat without bagginess.
I haven’t taken a ride that long since then (12 miles is the farthest I’ve
gone), so I haven’t given it a full test, but in general it feels nicer than a
plain seat.

Beirne


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Re: Re: Comfortable Seat ! ?

jeff arnold wrote:
|> >
|> >Try Miyata saddles, as I described in a recent message. If you double pad it
|> >and attach a small towel with rubber bands, you can ride a 100 miles with
|> >minimum pain.
|> >
|> >Stay on top, Jack Halpern, IUF Vice President Regards, Jack Halpern
|> >
|> Thank you for your reply Jack. Could you suggest a company I could get
|> information from and purchase a seat?

As I alreay poseted several times, you should contact Miyata directly. Here
is the info.

----------------Start -------------------------- In the meantime, if you want to
buy Miyata unicycles or parts, you can do so directly by contacting Mr. Kamei.
His English is reasonable so communications should not be a problem. Miyata will
take care of orders directly anywhere, not just the US.

    Isao Kamei Miyata Industry Co., Ltd. Overseas Department 1-1-1
    Shimnomachiya, Chigasaki City Kanagawa Prefecture JAPAN 253 Phone:
    +81-467-85-3339 ("81" is the country code for Japan) Fax:
    +81-467-87-3587 ---------------------end-----------------------------

Stay on top, Jack Halpern

Re: Comfortable Seat ! ?

jarnold wrote:
> I have been riding for 25 years. I am on my second unicycle, but I am on my
> eighth or nineth seat. I have never found one that I can tolorate for more
> than about 40 minutes or about 5 miles.

> Any Suggestions?

A sex change?

Seriously, is seat comfort just an issue for us men or are there ladies out
there suffering too? There seem to be two separate problems: the side of the
saddle chafing thighs and the general abuse received by certain tender parts
of the anatomy caused by (almost) all one’s weight being concentrated on a
small area.

Thoughts?

BTW, the Semcycle saddle doesn’t suffer from the first but I can vouch for
the second.

I’ve seen the recommendations for cycling shorts but, I don’t know, it’s
bad enough appearing in public on a unicycle without wearing cycling shorts
as well. :slight_smile:

Mark.


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Re: Comfortable Seat ! ?

Mark Wiggins <M.Wiggins@ftel.co.uk> writes:
>jarnold wrote:
>> I have been riding for 25 years. I am on my second unicycle, but I am on my
>> eighth or nineth seat. I have never found one that I can tolorate for more
>> than about 40 minutes or about 5 miles. Any Suggestions?
>
>Seriously, is seat comfort just an issue for us men or are there ladies out
>there suffering too? There seem to be two separate problems: the side of the
>saddle chafing thighs and the general abuse received by certain tender parts
>of the anatomy caused by (almost) all one’s weight being concentrated on a
>small area.

Sweating while sitting on a vinyl seat is no fun either.

I spoke with Tom Miller on the phone about comfortable seats, and he said that
there is no such thing. He recommended tilting the front up so that you were
sitting on the largest area possible, and covering the seat with real (not
synthetic) lambs’ wool. He said that he sells sheepskin seat covers made for
exercise bicycles which don’t fit all that well, but people seem willing to use
them because they are all that is available. Today I just bought an 11" diameter
lambs wool bonnet for a polisher (like you use to buff a car) and am going to
see if I can get that to fit on my seat.

>I’ve seen the recommendations for cycling shorts but, I don’t know, it’s bad
>enough appearing in public on a unicycle without wearing cycling shorts as
>well. :slight_smile:

True - I use my uni for errands around campus mostly, so I’m not going to change
my clothes just to ride it. Plus it projects too serious an image for this
unicyclist! :slight_smile:

Mark

Re: Comfortable Seat ! ?

> >I’ve seen the recommendations for cycling shorts but, I don’t know, it’s bad
> >enough appearing in public on a unicycle without wearing cycling shorts as
> >well. :slight_smile:

I gladly offer my own solutions to this problem, arrived at by trial and painful
error. These work for me, will probably help most other males, and might be of
some use to riders of the female persuasion as well.

  1. The most comfortable combination is:

a. Jock - keeps danglies out of harm’s way. (optional to useless for fems)
b. Cycling shorts with chamois (or other) crotch pad - cushions tender
regions.
c. Good saddle as described elsewhere.

  1. If you hate tight shorts, an alternative combination is:

a. Jock
b. Mountain bike shorts (loose) with secret internal crotch pad.
c. Good saddle.

The only problem with 2) is loose shorts may hang up on the saddle when mounting
or moving saddle to various positions for “skills execution.”

  1. If you want the least expensive workable solution:

a. Jock
b. Padded cycling underwear
c. Any shorts or pants
d. Good saddle

If you can’t stand padded shorts or underwear, pad the saddle, but use the jock.
If you can’t countenance a jock, you’re on your own. I find it indispensable.
Some cycling books tell you to wear cycling shorts without underwear “to avoid
chafing.” I say balderdash. That’s half the reason I wear the jock. The other
half is “to avoid crushing.”

I’ve recently seen a bicycling saddle with a longitudinal channel cut out to
accomodate male constructs. I don’t think it would work as is on a uni, but
perhaps someone designing the next ideal uni saddle could consider
incorporating the idea?

– Mark “It works for me” Schecter

Re: Comfortable Seat ! ?

In article <m0svD6h-0003wIC@TFS.COM>, schecter@tfs.com (Mark Schecter) writes:
|> > >I’ve seen the recommendations for cycling shorts but, I don’t know, it’s
|> > >bad enough appearing in public on a unicycle without wearing cycling
|> > >shorts as well. :slight_smile:

<Snip> – good recommendations there!

|> I’ve recently seen a bicycling saddle with a longitudinal channel cut out to
|> accomodate male constructs. I don’t think it would work as is on a uni, but
|> perhaps someone designing the next ideal uni saddle could consider
|> incorporating the idea?

My saddle has a groove which helps with blood circulation etc. It looks nothing
like the bicycling saddles you see though. The groove helps immensely (sp?) The
padding shape is still under development but it’s getting close.

Eric

Re: Comfortable Seat ! ?

On Mon, 18 Sep 1995, Mark Wiggins wrote:

> jarnold wrote:
> > I have been riding for 25 years. I am on my second unicycle, but I am on my
> > eighth or nineth seat. I have never found one that I can tolorate for more
> > than about 40 minutes or about 5 miles.
>
> > Any Suggestions?
>
> A sex change?> Seriously, is seat comfort just an issue for us men or are
> there ladies out there suffering too? There seem to be two separate problems:
> the side of the saddle chafing thighs and the general abuse received by
> certain tender parts of the anatomy caused by (almost) all one’s weight being
> concentrated on a small area.
>
As other people have said, there isn’t any such thing as a really comfortable
seat. Often it depends on what you learn on and what you’re used to. I prefer
the Miyata ‘old’ style seat which is wider than the current ‘new’ style seat,
and wider than the SemCycle (or Schwinn) seat. My brother prefers the ‘new’
style Miyata seat, but he learned with a Schwinn, then he had a SemCycle for a
while. I cannot ride the narrower style seat for very long distances as I get
very sore in a hurry, but I can ride my wider ‘old’ style Miyata seat for 5-10
miles with minimal bike shorts padding and not get sore.

I’ve done very informal surveys to find out if the choice of seat style is
gender specific, and I’ve determined that there doesn’t seem to be much of a
difference by gender. We women get just as sore, possibly in a slightly
different spot, but we definitely get sore!

> I’ve seen the recommendations for cycling shorts but, I don’t know, it’s bad
> enough appearing in public on a unicycle without wearing cycling shorts as
> well. :slight_smile:

I wear bike shorts always when I unicycle - but they are not always padded. Some
of the people in our unicycle club here also don’t like the look of cycling
shorts, but wear them for comfort under their other shorts, and you cannot tell
that they’re wearing cycling shorts.

Constance Cotter Unicyclist for many years on many different seats. (PS - This
is my brother’s account that I use occasionally… I can be reached at:
cottercr@aspenresearch.com)