newbie rider

hello everyone,

the story of my progress so far…(if you dont actually care but are willing to
offer advice my questions are in the epilogue)

prologue: i actually got my unicycle about 2 years ago (possibly more). however
after not being able to ride it right away i promptly gave up and burried it in
my room until 2 days ago when i decided to give it another shot

day #1: thanks to the extreme heat i could only practice for an hour or so. i
decided after reading various faqs that id give it a shot by holding onto
something while mounting and then just propelling myself down the driveway and
hoping i dont fall on my head. this method proved to be somewhat successful, in
that hour i managed to do about 5-10 feet at most.

day #2: waiting till dark so it would be a lot cooler i figured id be able stay
out longer…as it happens my life of laziness more than made up for the heat
from yesterday so again i could only manage an hour. luckily this was quite a
good hour, i made it about 25-30 feet before losing control (or riding directly
into the car which was moved out of the way at this point) with the car gone i
had somewhat of a zen moment as i became aware how the balancing works, off i
went down the driveway a good 50+ feet until the curb at the end took me out
from that point on i could go fairly reliably in a semi-straight line down the
driveway and even managed to get down the curb at the end 3 times

epilogue: after 2 hours i have a fairly good grasp of the balance, however in
all this time ive discovered i need to do something about my seat, its
absolutely killing my inner thighs…is this a normal problem with unicycle
seats? the one i have appears to be this one:
http://mypage.ihost.com/unicyclesource.com/SavageSeat.jpg are there any better
seats around that would solve this problem, or anything i can do with this one
so i’ll actually be able to keep walking? also, as im new here is there a group
faq i can be pointed towards just so i can make sure not to upset anyone here

thanks, Zack

Re: newbie rider

You probably have an evil seat like i do. When i first started i got massive
bruises on the inside of my thighs. I fixed this by wrapping some soft material
the middle of the seat. Eventually i found that even though the seat was
appalling when i learnt to ride better it didn’t seem to bother me as much.
However, i am going to still going to get a new seat soon

Gus

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Re: newbie rider

Zack wrote:
> epilogue: after 2 hours i have a fairly good grasp of the balance, however in
> all this time ive discovered i need to do something about my seat, its
> absolutely killing my inner thighs…is this a normal problem with unicycle
> seats? the one i have appears to be this one:
> http://mypage.ihost.com/unicyclesource.com/SavageSeat.jpg

You have one of the worst seats that are available. :wink:

> are there any better seats around that would solve this problem, or anything i
> can do with this one so i’ll actually be able to keep walking?

The miyata seat is the preferred one by the majority of unicyclists. If you
can’t afford that one, then the next best one would probably be the
viscount seat.

> also, as im new here is there a group faq i can be pointed towards just so i
> can make sure not to upset anyone here

The FAQ for this newsgroup is at: http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/faq.html


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Re: newbie rider

They don’t call it a Savage for nothing! Although it’s not nearly as brutal as
what I first learned on- just a flat piece of metal with a 1/4 inch piece of
foam glued to it.

The best seat you can get is a Sem seat ($50) but it depends what kind of a uni
you have as to if it can be adapted to fit. You may also have to get another
post to make it work.

There are a few things you can do in the mean time. One is to wear bike shorts-
(spandex type) with another pair of loose shorts over the top. This cuts down
on the friction, because the two pairs of shorts rub against each other,
instead of you.

For long distances (more than 25 feet!) bikers also generously apply Vasoline to
the groin area. These were tips I got from a friend who does long distance bike
marathons.

Also- try riding behind a shopping cart. After a couple hours practice, you will
make a lot of progress.

Mike Bersell UniChef.com www.unichef.com unichef@unichef.com

> after 2 hours i have a fairly good grasp of the balance, however in all this
> time ive discovered i need to do something about my seat, its absolutely
> killing my inner thighs…is this a normal problem with unicycle seats? the
> one i have appears to be this one:
> http://mypage.ihost.com/unicyclesource.com/SavageSeat.jpg are there any better
> seats around that would solve this problem, or anything i can do with this one
> so i’ll actually be able to keep walking?

Re: Re: newbie rider

On 1 Jul 2000 23:21:50 -0700, mail@gilby.com (Kevin Gilbertson) wrote:

>You have one of the worst seats that are available. :wink: The miyata seat is the
>preferred one by the majority of unicyclists. If you can’t afford that one,
>then the next best one would probably be the viscount seat.

thanks for the info. its nice to know it isnt entirely cause by my lack of
riding skill. i’ll have to pick up one of those better ones.

Zack

Re: Re: newbie rider

In addition to a new seat, consider investing in a pair of cycling shorts. This
will also help. There is a degree of getting used to it, too. So a little pain
at first is to be expected. Also, know that if you get a miyata seat, you have
to get a miyata seatpost too. It’s still a good investment. The Viscounts are my
second choice too, but keep in mind that with the viscount seats, you may have
to replace the screws that hold the bumpers in place with the next larger size
screws. They’re notorious for falling off. Still, Viscount is a nice looking
comfy seat that comes in a variety of colors. Keep Ridin’ unicycle man. Brian
Berlin Santa Fe, TX

MuteflY <mutefly@SPAM-ME-NOT.hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:2gsuls4jo9gjqh4mcu2gj5ovq26c66e9v4@4ax.com
> On 1 Jul 2000 23:21:50 -0700, mail@gilby.com (Kevin Gilbertson) wrote:
>
> >You have one of the worst seats that are available. :wink: The miyata seat is
> >the preferred one by the majority of unicyclists. If you can’t afford that
> >one, then the next best one would probably be the viscount seat.
>
> thanks for the info. its nice to know it isnt entirely cause by my lack of
> riding skill. i’ll have to pick up one of those better ones.
>
> Zack