Comfortable Seat ? !

Many people have recommended padded cycling shorts or padded saddles. I have
tried padded cycling shorts myself, and they are more comfortable, espically
when jumping curbs.

But I have found that I get a lot of information about what the unicycle is
doing via “seat of the pants” and the padding really attenuates this data
channel. I wore them in the last parade I did and I muffed spins right and left
( I normally practice wearing unpadded lycra shorts.)

The idea of a saddle with a longitudinal channel to relieve pressure on soft
tissues is intriguing although I wonder where the pressure on these parts would
be transferred to. I think the tendons on the inner thigh muscles would tend to
chafe more in a case like that.

I use a “new style Schwinn” seat on my Semcycle and I think it is too narrow by
about an inch for my anatomy. I have seen the Miyata seats and they are a bit
wider but too short (I think) for me. And they have plastic bases, correct?

Dennis Kathrens

Re: Comfortable Seat ? !

d.kathrens@genie.geis.com writes:

>The idea of a saddle with a longitudinal channel to relieve pressure on soft
>tissues is intriguing although I wonder where the pressure on these parts would
>be transferred to. I think the tendons on the inner thigh muscles would tend to
>chafe more in a case like that.

I’m not sure when this was, but at some stage a company (very specific isn’t it?
) was developing a better bike seat, that didn’t cause pain and infertility in
riders. It had two seperate parts to it - one for each buttock - and was
apparently extremely comfortable. Perhaps we could collectively design a similar
seat for a unicycle.

Just a comment on wearing bike pants on a uni, a friend told me that he wears
padded bike pants backwards, so that the padding is in the front, and finds that
very comfortable.

Michael Fouche fouche@cleo.murdoch.edu.au

P.S. Sorry this follow-up is a bit late, but I’ve been on study break and
haven’t been on campus.