It all looks good so far. The slot only needs to be on one side (This should be the back of the unicycle). Everything is positioned about right. To do up the clamp, turn the lever until it is horizontal, then pull it out so that it is sticking out at right angles to the frame. Then turn the nut on the other side so that it is about finger-tight. If you then push the lever back again, it should end up fairly neatly out of the way and very tight so that the seatpost doesn’t move.
Is that the right nut on the end of the screw? The screw should go all the way through it, but it doesn’t look like it is doing so. It’s hard to tell though as the photos aren’t really in focus. Are there any other nuts supplied with it (or lying around in your garage or toolbox) that fit?
Right, well I’ve managed to twist the nut right to the end (i think it was on the wrong way round) but its not clamping to the seat at all. Even if it clamped down, it would only be onto the blue frame, not onto the silver pole of the seat…?
See in the picture below, the seat pole is touching the wheel.
It will work, it just has to be tight. The clamp squeezes the blue frame, and the blue frame in turn squeezes the silver seatpost and it all stays there. If the lever on the clamp doesn’t take a lot of pressure to push, then it’s not tight enough.
but how do you know that rockets don’t have seat clamps, and therefore this IS rocket science?
but yeah, i am concerned that if the OP can’t figure out something like a seat clamp then actually riding is going to be a nightmare (well, more than it is for everyone anyway when they start). i’ve just been accused of being a troll, yet i wonder if perhaps THIS isn’t a true troll having a go.
the only believable issue with a seat clamp was illustrated by MuniOrBust. now THAT would probably leave many scratching their heads wondering wtf is going on. but why would you design a seat clamp with threads like that anyway? wouldn’t it be easier all-round to just manufacture the threads the same length? probably a good reason for it i suppose.
To wheel rider, thanks for the picture
I knew roughly what everything was supposed to do, I just couldn’t manage it.
It would just not tighten.
To MuniOrBust, that is definaltey the same unicycle, although I’m fairly sure its the same
problem to be honest.
Basically I just went for the tightening. Grabbed myself a clampy tool (aha, I’m not a DIY-er)
and just tightened it up like that. The bolt didnt snap, was just really really hard to make
it stay, took a lot of tightening to even be able to put pressure on it.
To IntoTheBlue & nubcake - It was the problem illustrated by MuniOrBust, so was a bit more awkward
that I could imagine. I knew how the clamp was supposed to work, it just didnt =S
well in that case i wonder if maybe there isn’t a batch of clamps floating around with the same issue.
what an ass of a problem to have. there’s something to be said for clamps that use allen bolts… with the old seat clamp i was always adjusting the seat to straighten it up or raise/lower it to try to find a better height that would make riding easier. with the allen bolted one on my nimbus it doesn’t move and i’m not tempted to change it around. keeps things consistent, plus you don’t have to bust your hand trying to flip the clamp over when you tighten it up.