Schwinn

Hi,

I just received my very first Uni as a Fathers day present. It is a Schwinn 20” with a 350mm seat post. It was purchased from www.unicyclesource.com by my wife and 10 year old son.

I have been trying to keep it under me now for 3 days, I guess it is going as well as expected. I had never even sat on one before.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone out there had any opinions on the Schwinn Uni?

Thanks,
Bob Milyak (Age 31)

> Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone out there had any opinions on the
> Schwinn Uni?

It’s the Chevrolet of unicycles. It will last as long as you want to use
it. Schwinns are not particularly light, not particularly elegant, but
they will hold up extremely well. They also fit in with Schwinn’s recent
“retro” styling trend, as they are mostly the same as they were when they
came out in 1967. The cranks have changed to cotterless, the seat has been
improved, but the basic design is the same.

Enjoy, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com www.unicycling.com

“Someone who thinks logically is a nice contrast to the real world.”

I must disagree – I very much am a fan of the old schwinn seat design.
The rubber is excellend for no-hand hopping, and it makes for about the
easiest of airseat conversions. Of course, the lack of handle is quite
annying for some jumping skills.

Jeff Lutkus

— John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com>
> wrote: in 1967. The cranks have changed to cotterless, the seat has been
> improved,


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forum.member@unicyclist.com writes:
>Hi,
>
>I just received my very first Uni as a Fathers day present. It is a
>Schwinn 20” with a 350mm seat post. It was purchased from
>www.unicyclesource.com by my wife and 10 year old son.
>
>I have been trying to keep it under me now for 3 days, I guess it is
>going as well as expected. I had never even sat on one before.
>
>Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone out there had any opinions on the
>Schwinn Uni?
>
>Thanks, Bob Milyak (Age 31)
Good starter uni, it was my first uni, too, but then I was only 13. As an
adult, you may find it too small (certainly for distance) – it might be
easier to learn on a 24", but with perseverance, you can master it for
sure. It’s fine for lots of tricks, too.

The best answer might be that there is no correct answer since no one
(including you) can really say what you will want to be doing on it in a
few months or years. It’s a great starter uni, and I’d leave it at that.
David Stone

> I must disagree – I very much am a fan of the old schwinn seat design.
> The rubber is excellend for no-hand hopping, and it makes for about the
> easiest of airseat conversions. Of course, the lack of handle is quite
> annying for some jumping skills.

The old Schwinn seats had some advantages, but I have to consider the
newer (Viscount) ones an improvement as I helped design them. The addition
of bumpers to a seat that was previously known for cutting through it’s
own covers was the main improvement. I can’t say that either one is more
comfortable than the other.

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com www.unicycling.com

“Our time is a most precious commodity, but it’s how we spend it that
makes us rich.” - John Foss

jfoss@unicycling.com writes:
>> I must disagree – I very much am a fan of the old schwinn seat design.
>> The rubber is excellend for no-hand hopping, and it makes for about the
>> easiest of airseat conversions. Of course, the lack of handle is quite
>> annying for some jumping skills.
>
>The old Schwinn seats had some advantages, but I have to consider the
>newer (Viscount) ones an improvement as I helped design them. The
>addition of bumpers to a seat that was previously known for cutting
>through it’s own covers was the main improvement. I can’t say that either
>one is more comfortable than the other.

Well, I cannot vouch for every Viscount seat made, but the ones I have
tried, are, I am sorry to report, the second least comfy uni seats I have
used. #1 was some old brand (was it the old Miyata?) where there were
metal runners along the sides of a somewhat banana-shaped seat that had no
discernable front.

Anyhoo, the Viscount seats I have tried have many advantages over the one
just mentioned (and the bumpers are great, too), but compared to Scwhinns,
there is no comparison re: comfort – Schwinns win easily. The Viscount
seats are so hard that they kill your derriere after a short while. Maybe
they soften up over time?

By the way, is it “VY count” or ?VIZZ count"?

David

I’ve found that the Viscount seats soften up a great deal over time.

When I first got a uni it was a used Savage in good shape. I couldn’t ride
yet, so the process of teaching banged the (Savage) seat up quite a bit,
until the metal started poking out and cutting my legs, and it was pretty
much impossible to ride without drawing blood.

So I bought a Viscount seat, and it was sooo comfortable in comparison.
The only complaint I had was that the screws in the bumpers seem to come
out fairly easily. Anyway, a month or so ago, I got a new uni (Sem XL)
with a Viscount seat. I don’t like the Sem Deluxe seat because there’s
nothing to grab onto for hopping - Viscount doesn’t have a handle, but the
seat frame works all right, I had found. Anyway, when I started riding the
new uni, I was surprised how hard the seat felt. Apparently my old one was
comfy at first because I had been used to the BRUTAL Savage seat, then it
softened up over time, so I was always pretty happy with it. The new one
took a couple of weeks to break in - it’s okay now.

There not the best seats out there, but they are decent. I actually prefer
them to the Miyata seats in terms of hopping. The Miyata handle is too
small for me, and me hand ends up getting crushed inside it. But now,
having seen the handlebars people have built (one of them might have been
Chris Reeder, I don’t remember), I want to make one of these for myself. I
think that would be much better than holding any seat.

Luke

David Stone Wrote:
>Well, I cannot vouch for every Viscount seat made, but the ones I have
>tried, are, I am sorry to report, the second least comfy uni seats I have
>used. #1 was some old brand (was it the old Miyata?) where there were
>metal runners along the sides of a somewhat banana-shaped seat that had
>no discernable front.
>
>Anyhoo, the Viscount seats I have tried have many advantages over the one
>just mentioned (and the bumpers are great, too), but compared to
>Scwhinns, there is no comparison re: comfort – Schwinns win easily. The
>Viscount seats are so hard that they kill your derriere after a short
>while. Maybe they soften up over time?
>
>By the way, is it “VY count” or ?VIZZ count"?
>
>David

I’ve found that the Viscount seats soften up a great deal over time.

When I first got a uni it was a used Savage in good shape. I couldn’t ride
yet, so the process of teaching banged the (Savage) seat up quite a bit,
until the metal started poking out and cutting my legs, and it was pretty
much impossible to ride without drawing blood.

So I bought a Viscount seat, and it was sooo comfortable in comparison.
The only complaint I had was that the screws in the bumpers seem to come
out fairly easily. Anyway, a month or so ago, I got a new uni (Sem XL)
with a Viscount seat. I don’t like the Sem Deluxe seat because there’s
nothing to grab onto for hopping - Viscount doesn’t have a handle, but the
seat frame works all right, I had found. Anyway, when I started riding the
new uni, I was surprised how hard the seat felt. Apparently my old one was
comfy at first because I had been used to the BRUTAL Savage seat, then it
softened up over time, so I was always pretty happy with it. The new one
took a couple of weeks to break in - it’s okay now.

There not the best seats out there, but they are decent. I actually prefer
them to the Miyata seats in terms of hopping. The Miyata handle is too
small for me, and me hand ends up getting crushed inside it. But now,
having seen the handlebars people have built (one of them might have been
Chris Reeder, I don’t remember), I want to make one of these for myself. I
think that would be much better than holding any seat.

Luke

David Stone Wrote:
>Well, I cannot vouch for every Viscount seat made, but the ones I have
>tried, are, I am sorry to report, the second least comfy uni seats I have
>used. #1 was some old brand (was it the old Miyata?) where there were
>metal runners along the sides of a somewhat banana-shaped seat that had
>no discernable front.
>
>Anyhoo, the Viscount seats I have tried have many advantages over the one
>just mentioned (and the bumpers are great, too), but compared to
>Scwhinns, there is no comparison re: comfort – Schwinns win easily. The
>Viscount seats are so hard that they kill your derriere after a short
>while. Maybe they soften up over time?
>
>By the way, is it “VY count” or ?VIZZ count"?
>
>David

I’ve found that the Viscount seats soften up a great deal over time.

When I first got a uni it was a used Savage in good shape. I couldn’t ride
yet, so the process of teaching banged the (Savage) seat up quite a bit,
until the metal started poking out and cutting my legs, and it was pretty
much impossible to ride without drawing blood.

So I bought a Viscount seat, and it was sooo comfortable in comparison.
The only complaint I had was that the screws in the bumpers seem to come
out fairly easily. Anyway, a month or so ago, I got a new uni (Sem XL)
with a Viscount seat. I don’t like the Sem Deluxe seat because there’s
nothing to grab onto for hopping - Viscount doesn’t have a handle, but the
seat frame works all right, I had found. Anyway, when I started riding the
new uni, I was surprised how hard the seat felt. Apparently my old one was
comfy at first because I had been used to the BRUTAL Savage seat, then it
softened up over time, so I was always pretty happy with it. The new one
took a couple of weeks to break in - it’s okay now.

There not the best seats out there, but they are decent. I actually prefer
them to the Miyata seats in terms of hopping. The Miyata handle is too
small for me, and me hand ends up getting crushed inside it. But now,
having seen the handlebars people have built (one of them might have been
Chris Reeder, I don’t remember), I want to make one of these for myself. I
think that would be much better than holding any seat.

Luke

David Stone Wrote:
>Well, I cannot vouch for every Viscount seat made, but the ones I have
>tried, are, I am sorry to report, the second least comfy uni seats I have
>used. #1 was some old brand (was it the old Miyata?) where there were
>metal runners along the sides of a somewhat banana-shaped seat that had
>no discernable front.
>
>Anyhoo, the Viscount seats I have tried have many advantages over the one
>just mentioned (and the bumpers are great, too), but compared to
>Scwhinns, there is no comparison re: comfort – Schwinns win easily. The
>Viscount seats are so hard that they kill your derriere after a short
>while. Maybe they soften up over time?
>
>By the way, is it “VY count” or ?VIZZ count"?
>
>David

I had the same problem with the sheet metal screws in the Viscount
bumpers. So I tapped a 3/16" x 32 thread in the holes and fastened the
bumpers in place a machine screw. Haven’t had a bit of problems since.

Luke Currano wrote:
>
>
> So I bought a Viscount seat, and it was sooo comfortable in comparison.
> The only complaint I had was that the screws in the bumpers seem to come
> out fairly easily.

I had the same problem with the sheet metal screws in the Viscount
bumpers. So I tapped a 3/16" x 32 thread in the holes and fastened the
bumpers in place a machine screw. Haven’t had a bit of problems since.

Luke Currano wrote:
>
>
> So I bought a Viscount seat, and it was sooo comfortable in comparison.
> The only complaint I had was that the screws in the bumpers seem to come
> out fairly easily.

I had the same problem with the sheet metal screws in the Viscount
bumpers. So I tapped a 3/16" x 32 thread in the holes and fastened the
bumpers in place a machine screw. Haven’t had a bit of problems since.

Luke Currano wrote:
>
>
> So I bought a Viscount seat, and it was sooo comfortable in comparison.
> The only complaint I had was that the screws in the bumpers seem to come
> out fairly easily.