Pashley MUni

Got a 26" MUni for Xmas (Yay!), and looked up some of the reviews about it on
the Internet. Most say the cranks are too short - will this be a problem for
not-especially-tricky wood terrain, and how much would it cost to replace them?
Also, took it out for a ride earlier, (a couple of miles through mud and puddles
basically, enormous fun), and found the seat incredibly uncomfortable, is there
an easy way to improve it or do I need to replace that too? Beth.
P.S. Merry Christmas! (ever so slightly belatedly)

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Re: Pashley MUni

Bethan <the_moonfish@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Got a 26" MUni for Xmas (Yay!), and looked up some of the reviews about it
> on the Internet. Most say the cranks are too short - will this be a problem
> for not-especially-tricky wood terrain, and how much would it cost to
> replace them?

Most people in the UK use 150mm cranks for trail riding on a 26" wheel. Apart
from a batch about 4 years ago, I think all Pashleys come with this size so you
should be ok. Unless you are into the trials stuff or are planning on being the
first to do the Munros with a unicycle (hey! what a good idea - the In Pin could
be fun though…) you’ll find the 150mm are fine.

> Also, took it out for a ride earlier, (a couple of miles through mud and
> puddles basically, enormous fun), and found the seat incredibly uncomfortable,
> is there an easy way to improve it or do I need to replace that too?

Which saddle do you have?

Older stock will have a Pashley saddle - this is a work of the devil and you
should definately consider replacing it as it will break and will never be
comfortable.

Newer stock has Viscount saddles. These seem to vary batch-to-batch and some
people love them while some loathe them. The one on my Muni has got better as
the foam has gradually softened with use.

You can customise a Viscount to some extent, by carefully removing the bumpers,
cover and some foam - replacing it with an inner tube or a gel bike saddle
insert. This is fiddly though and however careful you are, it won’t look pretty.

The most popular replacement saddle is probably the Miyata despite the fact that
it is really hard to get hold of in the UK. On occasion Roger at Unicycle Source
(www.uk.unicycle.com) has some in and he is probably a good person to either
phone or email to discuss options for saddle replacement anyway.

Padded cycle shorts make a huge difference if you aren’t already using them - a
good investment as they’ll make any saddle feel better.

> P.S. Merry Christmas! (ever so slightly belatedly)

And may your Boxing Day be none too shabby either!


Paul Selwood paul@vimes.u-net.com http://www.vimes.u-net.com