Ok. Last fall my wife brought me a present from the local dump - a 24" CyclePro unicycle with seized bearings, bent wheel, and lots of rust. Being a mechanical sort of guy, I replaced the bearings, cleaned off most the rust and straightened the wheel and…voila! I had my first unicycle, something I’ve wanted to try for a long time. I started trying to ride it this spring. My hope was to be able to ride it around the house by my 50th birthday (July 28) but I missed that goal; after probably about 5-6 hrs total practice I can only reliably ride about 30 feet or so. My new goal is to be able to ride around the house before snow flies; I live NW of Boston, so that gives me until mid November.
Now, here’s the problem: I’m really committed to getting in at least 1/2 hr of practice every day the weather is OK, but I’m having some serious comfort issues, specifically with my…err…“package”. I’m finding the seat unbearably uncomfortable, particularly for my left testicle which always seems to end up getting crushed between the seat and my thigh, or underneath some part of my hip bone i didn’t know I had. I can soldier on for a little bit, but after an hour of this I cant even look at the unicycle for several days without feeling pain. I’ve gotten a lot of advice about unicycling, but no one so far has recommended castration, so most likely I either have something set up wrong, or I’m just asking to much from the crappy (Viscount brand) seat on the unicycle. So, here’s what I’d love some input on:
First, is this unusual? Anyone else have similar problems? I ride motorcycles/bicycles and this has never been an issue.
2nd - some setup questions: how should the stock seat be set up? Right now it’s pretty much horizontal. I have the seat height so my knees are ever so slightly bent with my heels on the pedal, I had it higher originally and that felt better but the seat pain was worse.
3rd - should I not even be trying to use this steenkin’ seat and just buy a new one? If so, how much do I need to spend, and what is a good recommendation?
Lastly - if I’m going to spend over, say 50 bucks for a seat, should I just spring for a better cycle? My longer term goal is trials, so eventually I’m hoping to go to a 20 incher anyway; I’m willing to invest, but I’d hate to spend $300+ bucks on a trials uni only to find out that I have the same problem. The KH trials bike Nurse Ben has in the classifieds looks awsome, but I’d feel like an idiot if I had the exact same problem with a fancy new uni.
…or is this, like lots of practice, something I must endure until I become proficient?
looking forward to hearing your collective advice,