Having learned to ride on a generic 20" uni, I recently purchased my first
decent one (a 24" muni) from unicycle.com <http://unicycle.com>. I am very
pleased with it… except for the saddle. They had several options available
with the KH saddle. I think I might have made a bad choice. You can just
take the standard; or you can pay $15 to get the Fusion (removable cover);
or shell out $40 for the “air saddle.” That sounded comfy, and the seat I
learned on was not, so I went for it.
The air saddle is merely a KH Fusion saddle with the foam padding removed
and and inner tube folded up and slightly inflated. I knew this before I
ordered it. They said “a lot of people really like it.” But riding on it
feels like… well, like I’m riding on a folded up inner tube. It is soft,
but it’s lumpy and gives a feeling of instability.
Does anyone out there use and like the “air saddle” and have any advice for
how to adjust mine? Or maybe you have tried and disliked the “air saddle”
and have since found one you do like? If so, please let me know. Is the KH
Fusion with the standard foam padding perhaps better in some people’s
opinion? If so, maybe I should ask unicycle.com <http://unicycle.com> if
they can at least send me a foam pad to try in place of the inner tube.
An air saddle can take some getting used to, but ultimately it will be much more comfortable than a foam seat. When set up properly, it shouldn’t hinder your riding at all. You will need to experiment to find the right air pressure; pressure is critical to achieving a comfortable and controlled ride. Too much air and you’ll be bouncing on the seat, too little and you’ll be sitting on the plastic base. I run my airseat as low as possible: just enough air to keep me off the base.
If you’re still having problems you can “shave down” your old foam insert (or find some new, thinner foam) and put it on top of your air pillow. This will give you the best of both worlds: the firmness of foam and the cushiness of air. Unfortunately, it tends to make the seat rather thick and difficult to reassemble. The KH fusion cover doesn’t seem to have been designed to have room for both air and foam.
You could also try using a few strips of duct-tape on the lumpy spots to fasten them down, and to keep it from the old waterbed feeling when riding (I got a bit happy with the duct-tape…) I did this on my homemade airsaddle, and it works great!
Thanks for the advice! I had way too much air in that thing. That’s what was
making it so bouncy. I guess I was thinking “more pressure == firmer”, but
letting out about half the aire made it much less bouncy. And duct tape
helped take the lumps out. I’m much more satisfied with the air saddle now.
I bought a Kris Holm air saddle (with the doubled over inner tube) and have problems with it. Call me “old-fashioned” but I think when you buy a product, it should work. We should not have to add duct tape and glue and foam padding to make it useable. My opinion, the Kris Holm air saddle is poorly designed.