I am learning to ride the Uni, I have been trying for about 16 hours now and my longest stretch was about 4 meters. how am I doing? Keep in mind that I was not able to repeat the 4 meters, it was a one time thing. But now my goal is 5 meters. anyway. I got a question. and please don’t laugh. this is a serious question. the shape of the seat causes pain in my testacies. Not all the time, but sometime. What am I doing wrong? can I get a regular bicycle seat and replace the uni seat? What is the deal with the seat shape? it’s as if I get a wedgy every time I get on the thing.
On Thu, 20 Mar 2003 15:42:06 +0200, “Al Falfa”
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>I am learning to ride the Uni, I have been trying for about 16 hours =
>now and my longest stretch was about 4 meters. how am I doing?
You fall within the average. If you give it another 4 - 8 hours you
will be wobbling all over the place. That’s were the fun starts.
>I got a question. and =
>please don’t laugh. this is a serious question. the shape of the seat =
>causes pain in my testacies. Not all the time, but sometime. What am I =
>doing wrong? can I get a regular bicycle seat and replace the uni seat? =
> What is the deal with the seat shape? it’s as if I get a wedgy every =
>time I get on the thing.
You are right, it is an important issue and one that has been
addressed many times before. What type of seat do you have? Has it a
brand on it? Maybe you can post a photo to the web somewhere, or to
<http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/> once it is up again?
A replacement of the seat MAY help. Good seats include Viscount,
Semcycle, Miyata and Velo ‘Kris Holm’, in order from cheaper to more
expensive. Don’t use a bicycle seat on a unicycle. A unicycle seat has
to curve up at the front and rear otherwise you are constantly
fighting the seat’s tendency to slip away from under you.
But since you don’t have the pain every time, the problem may not be
in the seat. Your nuts may get positioned to far to the rear, where
you will sit on them to some degree. I presume that that is what
causes your pain. Many unicycling males including myself have had that
issue. Solutions vary from jockstraps (sp?) to restrictions in air
seats. What I do is simply grab into my pants and pull up my
belongings. Maybe not very esthetically pleasing but it works great.
Other people have successfully shifted their stuff by momentarily
leaning back a little while pulling their belly in. I should add that
nowadays, my balls have mostly learned to find their own way and they
adjust themselves to a safe spot. I don’t know how they learned that.
Hope this helps!
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I can may help a little. If you got a Savage saddle that looks like a child’s size. Get rid of it. The use of bicycle saddles is not recommended. But I preferred a unicycle saddle shape type. Some Experience Folks here will help you, but this is my recommended brands. Go for ‘Kris Holm’ Velo Saddles or a Viscount, Semcycle or a Miyata. Otherwise keep reading this thread of yours for other Unicyclist’s to have their say for you. And I agree to Klaas Bil on the last Topic about Jockstraps. Keep riding and Good luck Al.
I wear cycle shorts and still get a little bruised sometimes.
I’m learning too and find I’m comfortable sometimes and other times not. I
think it is all how you sit down at the start of each ride,
Alan (not Rob)
Also, don’t wear jeans. Khakis are much more comfortable on a unicycle imho
try to use your hand that’s holding the seat as you mount, to scoop up your jewels, and put weight on the seat all in one movement.
Unicycling shouldn’t hurt ‘down there’