Well, I just returned from a 45 minute, 4.5 mile ride on my lovely
KH-equipped Yuni 29er. Actually, to be truthful, my time (and
distance) really represents the sum of two shorter excusions, one of
which was 23 minutes and the other 22 minutes, separated by a
10-minute rest interval.
The upshot is that I’ve tried and tried (over 130 miles worth of
‘distance-pedalin’, both on the 29er and the 24, to consistently break
that 30 minute barrier for saddle-time. To me honest, I have actually
surpassed the half-hour barrier twice, but twice is not enough for me.
I’m on the cusp of believing that I’ll never realize my ambition of
using the unicycle for any sort of serious distance-commuting or
touring. Having to hop off the ‘uni’ every 20+ minutes (to relieve
the burning and accompanying numbness) really limits the unicycle as
tool for transportation, I think.
Now having said that, I’m well aware that saddles are a source much
discussion among unicyclists. From what I’ve read on this forum, the
more comfortable saddles seem to be either the KH or Torker models.
Air saddles, the modified Torkers and Miyatas, rank right up there
among the ‘gotta-have-saddles’ for those who Coker-their-way through
40-80 miles days, day-after-day, on extended tours. And, yes, the GB
handles are known to help, allow one to scoot around, wiggle a bit,
resulting to prolong saddle-time. But, I wonder, for how much longer?
I don’t know.
And then ther are the people who just hop on a unicycle and pedal long
distances without giving muc thought to saddle comfort. What about
Patrick, the fellow who is going coast-to-coast, riding
day-after-grueling-day on what seems o be a 24" Schwinn with a stock
saddle!!!? Gosh. How is that even possible? And yet, there are
obviously people who must manage to stay in the saddle for lengths of
time markedly longer than 30 minutes. But they seem to be
exceptional, heroic even.
Here’s the scoop: My Kris Holm saddle feels darn-right comfortable for
the first 15 minutes or so, but as I continue to pedal a few minutes
beyond that first quarter-hour I become very conscious of the saddle’s
growing uncomfortability. At about 20 minutes time this uncomfortable
feeling transforms into a sensation that resembles what I believe to
be a burning pain. (I’ve never actually burned myself down there, but
that’s what I’d imagine it’d feel like if I ever did–no doubt, we’re
talking about neurovascular sorts of phenomena here.) A few minutes
later, say 22-25 minutes into the ride, I’m fighting the powerful urge
to just leap off the unicycle. Call it quits. If I can somehow try
and focus on something other than the ‘urge-to-leap’, I may persist a
few minutes beyond the 25 minute mark. But it’s become clear to me
that there seems to be a 30-minute limit to my KH saddle, no matter
what I do.
My purpose in writing is to learn how I might increase my saddle-time
consistently beyond this seeming 30-minute barrier (preferrably
without having to go the next step, to either make or purchase an air
Do I have unreasonable expectations of my KH saddle? Am I a wimp?
Are there others out there in ‘uni-land’ who can consistently, and
without pain, ride their unicycles for over 30-45 minutes at a
Thanks for reading. Toodles! --Carl Barrentine (Grand Forks, North