Velo seat review

This morning I tried my Velo KH seat that I obtained from
unicycle.uk.com.

(Disclaimers: I have limited experience with other seats to compare
to. I have never even tried an air seat, and the only seat I use
regularly is my Semcycle Deluxe seat. Also, my views may change with
more hours in the saddle. Anyway, for what it’s worth:)

Positive:

  1. Sitting comfort (where you actually sit i.e. the butt) is
    fantastic. It’s just sooo cushy.
  2. You can pull up on the seat (handle) a lot more than on the Sem
    without any form of front grip. This is of course obvious but it sure
    enhances my MUni riding which I did hitherto on the Sem seat.
  3. For me the seat is not too wide at the front. I mention that
    because others complained about it.
  4. Although the handle and seat combo does flex somewhat when under
    stress, this was not negatively influencing its effectiveness. It
    doesn’t seem flimsy either.
  5. The seat looks great.

Negative:

  1. To my taste the front curves up too much. My “twins” get squeezed
    more, in part because the seat itself is soft and thick so you sink in
    it more due to your weight. (Note: I have mounted the seat as far
    forward as the four bolt slits allow so as to tilt the seat up more,
    and sit more on the back of the seat.)
  2. The handle isn’t the best in ergonomic design. Not that I would
    know how to improve it (other than a “phallus-type” handle). But I
    generously pulled on the handle during my one-hour MUni ride and had
    sore fingers towards the end of the hour. Mainly what hurt were the
    middle phalaxes of all (4) fingers. I found myself do the
    stretch-flex-stretch to relieve some mild pain.

If anyone wants this on the review forum, feel free to post it. As a
non-member (I use the newsgroup only) I have no access.

Klaas Bil

All my posts are made with 100% recycled electrons.

Just for completeness, here’s my review (taken from the review forum)… :smiley:

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I got one of these at the Durham convention, and rode it throughout the day… more riding than I’ve ever done in a single day!

The first thing you notice is just how squishy the thing is. Whereas a Miyata or a Viscount is padded quite firmly, the Velo has more depth and so can afford to be softer, which is an absolute godsend for riding for extended periods… I don’t think I could have ridden that much without extreme saddle soreness with my old miyata.

The handle seems solid; it flexes less than the miyata one did (although this was a new miyata seat; I can’t compare it with the older, stiffer handles). It has loads of space in it, so there’s loads of room for your fingers. This does however put the load further forwards when pulling on it; whether this may contribute to it failing remains to be seen.

It doesn’t have the obvious weak points like the miyata did; the handle extends further back and seems to be made of a more rigid plastic, so should be okay.

Of course it wasn’t all roses. Something that did trouble me towards the end of the day was the front of the saddle rubbing on my legs a lot. The front is wider than the miyata was, and the material is rougher, so at the end of the day my legs had sore patches from rubbing all day. Better shorts should help this problem, or just simply getting used to it.

It’s also not as deep on the underneath as the miyata is, so it’s a bit trickier to hold it for seat-in-front stuff; the miyata may have tried to slice your hand off, but at least there was something to grip. The Velo has a smaller rim, and more lumps’n’bumps on the base to get in the way.

But of course, one of the great things about having one of these seats so early is that hardly anyone else has one yet!. Me? Smug? Never…

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Phil, just me

Klass,

Thanks for the review. I’ve posted it in the Product Review Forum under your name. How do those handles on the Velo, Miyata, etc help for trials, muni and so on? I’ve always wondered this.

Thanks,
Andrew Carter

One more thing. You said, “If anyone wants this on the review forum, feel free to post it. As a
non-member (I use the newsgroup only) I have no access.” Why don’t you become a member? It’s heaps better.

Andrew

Re: Velo seat review

I considered fitting a phallus - type handle to my Muni. I reckon that’d give room for a firm grip with both hands and still leave room to fit a trip computer, headlight and of course a bell on the end.:stuck_out_tongue:

Re: Velo seat review

On Sat, 9 Nov 2002 20:30:48 -0600, andrew_carter
<andrew_carter.dvs4z@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>I’ve posted it in the Product Review Forum under
>your name.
Thanks Andrew.

>How do those handles on the Velo, Miyata, etc help for
>trials, muni and so on? I’ve always wondered this.
It provides a grip to pull the unicycle up. In MUni, if you want to
jump onto something surely you don’t want to leave the uni behind.
Also, when going up or down steep inclines, the required force on the
pedals is more than your weight. Without pulling on the seat you get
lifted of off it. Lastly, holding the handle makes you more united
with the unicycle and thus improves stability. While I have no trials
experience I guess mostly the same arguments apply.

>One more thing. You said, “If anyone wants this on the review forum,
>feel free to post it. As a
>non-member (I use the newsgroup only) I have no access.” Why don’t you
>become a member? It’s heaps better.
Old argument but here’s a summary. I read rsu via Usenet (newsgroup
access) because:

  1. Offline reading and posting (I’m on dial-up).
  2. Automatic local saving of all posts, optional processing (e.g.
    statistics, hold your breath till January).
  3. Countless options in my newsreader program, such as automatic
    marking of read vs non-read messages; one-key commands.
    OTOH I realise I miss some goodies, most of all the Just Conversation
    and Product Review fora. But I browse them once in a while (a
    non-member can do that).

Klaas Bil

All my posts are made with 100% recycled electrons.

Re: Velo seat review

On Sun, 10 Nov 2002 06:38:56 -0600, Mikefule
<Mikefule.dwkdn@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

> and of course a bell on the end.:stuck_out_tongue:
Personally I could forego a bell. When I approach people and they do
not notice me, I say “ring-ring”. Works well and mostly brings on a
laugh.

Klaas Bil

All my posts are made with 100% recycled electrons.

Re: Re: Velo seat review

Don’t forget the rubber grip over the handle for protection.

The Miyata handle helps for everything, evenjust in the city toodliing around. When you toodle you find curbs and after a hundred or so of these in a day you’ll be thankful for the handle and if you don’t have you’ll want it. When I got my Miyata I literally could hop 11 inches compared with the previous 6.

On thre subject of the Velo seat, if you’ve got a Miyata you’re probably better off just converting it to an air seat. Save you’re self 45 bucks. That’s what I’ve done although I’m pretty near the level when these seats fail, but then I’ll just make a custom one.

Heh… mine broke from just doing little kerbs and small hops in about two weeks or so.

I’m casting furtive glances at that handle a certain Mr Rowing has on his ride. Hmmmm…

Phil, just me