Handles on miyata saddles

So I’m thinking about cracking Miyata handles and replacement handles and its all getting so complicated.

First, the Reeder handle. Can anybody refer me to some Reeder handle pictures in action, prefereably on a Miyata saddle? Will it go on the saddle comfortably with the original Miyata handle/front bumper on? I’m sure that front bumper piece has to stay on the saddle to keep the seat cover nice and tight, right? It seems like the two handles would get in each others way.

Maybe, on my next Miyata saddle, I could just Dremel the handle off of that front bumper piece. Kind of a pre-emptive strike so that I don’t have the Miyata handle there to crack, but the bumper is still there to keep the seat cover under control, and then add a reeder handle.

What do you think?

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I’m thinking about doing that kind of thing… even if the handle is slightly cracked there’ll be much less force on the bumper, so it should be okay.

I’ve not quite decided on the best course of action… if reeder handles were available in the UK easily I’d probably have one now, but I’m still umm-ing and ahh-ing…

Phil, just me

reeder handles are available from http://www.unicycle.uk.com
but there not in the online catalogue,
just phone roger and ask.

Reeder handle pics

For pics of the Reeder handle, go here:

http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gbarnes/ Click the “Off Road Uni Handle” link.

and here:

http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=472

If you want more, and there are plenty; there’s a handy little blue button named “search” in the upper right corner of this window if you’re using your browser to read this page. :slight_smile:

i recommend the reeder handle personaly,
i wouldn’t be without one on my trials uni

i have mine on a viscount seat. i’ll post some pictures if anybody wants (searching google for info on unicycle handles reveals that george barnes wanted to see some pictures,
sorry george, i only just read your post. if you still want i’ll post them, i must have been away from a computer for a while.)

see neil dunlop’s reveiw :
http://wobbling.unicyclist.com/Reviews/UnicycleHandle.html

also chris reeders old site with pictures of the prototypes:

and george barnes site with fitting instructions for plastic miyatas:

http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gbarnes/handle/index.htm

Thanks for the pics, you guys - just what I was looking for. It looks like people who use the Reeder handle on a Miyata saddle do away with the Miyata front bumper piece altogether. I was assuming that the reeder handle attached using the same bolts that originally hold the Miyata front bumper, but I was clearly wrong. In fact, you have to drill an all new set of holes (and it looks like its better to go with the carbon fiber base for this).

So my question is, if you have a seat cover that doesn’t have laces (like the Gemcrest Leather), doesn’t the seat tend to come loose easier without that front bumper pinning it down in the front?

Adding eyelets to a seat cover that doesn’t have them is easy.
I’ve added them to original roach covers.

Leo White

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“nbrazzi” <nbrazzi.8xibb@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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>
> Thanks for the pics, you guys - just what I was looking for. It looks
> like people who use the Reeder handle on a Miyata saddle do away with
> the Miyata front bumper piece altogether. I was assuming that the
> reeder handle attached using the same bolts that originally hold the
> Miyata front bumper, but I was clearly wrong. In fact, you have to
> drill an all new set of holes (and it looks like its better to go with
> the carbon fiber base for this).

Has anyone tried creating a different bumper for the back of the saddle then
you wouldn’t need to buy a miyata saddle at all if you used the cf base.
Maybe just tape up the back, or attach a bit of plastic tubing, or hack bits
out of a (cheap and easy to get hold of) viscount bumper?

Joe

That might be a good idea - build your own saddle which is Miyata in essence, but better, stronger, faster than before. The bionic saddle.

Carbon fiber - $56 US
Roach Cover - $25
Dog bone - $13
Inner tube - $3
Post - $12 (let’s not even talk about rails)
Handle - Reeder $40 / MUNIAC CNC $75
Assorted hardware, bolts and such - $5

$154 - $189 - hey, if I go for the leather cover, I might break $200.

I’m not ready to pay $150 for a saddle - that’s half the price of my next unicycle alone.

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Steve Howard has machined plastic front and rear bumpers. I don’t know if/when they will be commercially available. Steve’s bumpers would be a really good deal, cause they’ll save you from buying a $50 Miyata seat just for the bumpers.

I still have a hard time believing that I’m spending almost $300 on my carbon fiber seats (saddle + rail bracket + seatpost + other bits). I’m glad I’m single, cause if I was married my wife would kill me.

Wait for the Velo seat to come out. It will be much more affordable than the carbon fiber seat conversions we’re doing now.

i still haven seen a picture of the velo seats,
anybody go a link?

http://dangeruni.unicyclist.com/myuni.html

Have fun!

Graeme

True that, but I’m probably going to order one of those new Yuni trials cycles, which comes with a Miyata. Granted, I could wait until the KH seat comes out and get it in a package with the Yuni…but I don’t do the waiting thing very well.

I do, however, plan on buying a KH seat when it comes out - so I guess this whole Miyata thing ends up being just a tinkering project.

I blame you, John. It’s your workshop that made me really want to build my own airseat. I’m still working on ideas for a pillow to hold the tube, since I don’t have anything as good as yours.

Don’t stop there. There are MANY things for which John Childs can be blamed. I would start a list but it would consume far too much space.

Number one on my list:
I blame John Childs for my pathetic lack of unicycling skills.

It’s not an air pillow – It’s a Hernia Bag ™. :wink:

Check out Muniac’s info on air seats under his Empirical MUni <http://www.muniac.com/emuni.htm>

He has a picture of Jeannie sewing an air pillow made from a much easier to sew pattern than my Hernia Bag. Any future Hernia Bags that I make will probably be based on a similar pattern.