— harper <email@example.com> wrote:
> Can you elaborate on the Velo unicycle seat or is that proprietary?
In September 2000 I approached Velo, through Norco, about making a seat that was as comfortable as
the Carbonfibre airseat, but cost about as much as the Viscount or Miyata seats.
A year later they finally agreed to do something jointly with Norco, thanks to the owner of Norco,
who’s good friends with the owner of Velo. So I sent them a bunch of drawings and suggestions.
The reason it took so long to convince them is that it’s a pretty expensive process- my prototype
seat cost about U.S.$30,000!
So far it’s looking really good- the seat is shaped somewhat similarly to a Viscount (in
curvature), but with about 5cm thickness of the softest, best quality closed-cell foam you can
get. The front handle looks like a Miyata handle but is about 2cm longer to accomodate larger
fingers, and is quite a bit stronger where it attaches to the seat.
The underside perimeter of the seat is also rounded to be more comfortable for seat-out-in-front
Right now the prototype seat frame isn’t quite as rigid as I’d like, but they are currently fixing
The price of the seat will be in the Viscount or Miyata range.
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