What is it with Viscount seats?

I was out on my new Pashley 26" Muni, I bought from The Unicycle Source Page in
the UK, for Christmas. I was having loads of problems with just riding it. After
a bit of a panic, I decided to try changing the seat, to the seat from my old
basic 20" Unicycle. The difference was unreal, I am able to freemount again (
most times ) and I am not wobbling about all over the place.

Has anyone else had this problem, or is it just me? Are other types of seat as
much a change to the feel of a Unicycle or just Viscount seats?

Innes Dunbar

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Re: What is it with Viscount seats?

At 06:27 PM 1/3/01 +0000, Innes Dunbar wrote:
>I was out on my new Pashley 26" Muni, I bought from The Unicycle Source Page in
>the UK, for Christmas. I was having loads of problems with just riding it.
>After a bit of a panic, I decided to try changing the seat, to the seat from my
>old basic 20" Unicycle. The difference was unreal, I am able to freemount again
>( most times ) and I am not wobbling about all over the place.
>
>Has anyone else had this problem, or is it just me? Are other types of seat as
>much a change to the feel of a Unicycle or just Viscount seats?

Did you re-adjust the seat height when you put on the old seat? That might be
what is causing the difference. Measure the distance from the top of the seat
to the axle with your current set-up (old seat) and then put the new Viscount
on and adjust it to get the same seat height and see if it is any easier to
ride. Basic rule of seat height is that you should have a slight bend at the
knee of the leg with the pedal in full down position and the ball of the foot
on the pedal.

Rick

Re: What is it with Viscount seats?

It rather depends on what you are used to, ie, what saddle you used before. If
that saddle was VERY different in shape and texture to the viscount you will
have problems adjusting. The old style pashley seats were big and not very
slppery, The viscount is quite narrow , not very deep and shiney, if you have
developed a " bandy " riding style on a big saddle there will be some getting
used to to do. You don’t say what make you 20 inch is, so I’m only guessing
here. Three options I surpose, a - stick with the old seat and change it between
unis b - learn to stear with a viscount ( try putting the saddle up a bit) c -
customise the viscount with extra padding to acheive a shape you like.

Good luck Personaly my only problem with the viscount is that they are a bit
hard for long rides, but I switch between 3 different saddle shapes** on my unis
quite happily ( can’t abide the old pashley shape tho)

sarah ** Miyata air, viscount, seigmono , also ride a DM T bar sometimes ( with
padding) and used to have an icycle saddle with metal base that rubbed a bit.

Innes Dunbar <innesdunbar@libertysurf.co.uk> wrote:
> I was out on my new Pashley 26" Muni, I bought from The Unicycle Source Page
> in the UK, for Christmas. I was having loads of problems with just riding it.
> After a bit of a panic, I decided to try changing the seat, to the seat from
> my old basic 20" Unicycle. The difference was unreal, I am able to freemount
> again ( most times ) and I am not wobbling about all over the place.

> Has anyone else had this problem, or is it just me? Are other types of seat as
> much a change to the feel of a Unicycle or just Viscount seats?

> Innes Dunbar

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Re: What is it with Viscount seats?

Innes Dunbar <innesdunbar@libertysurf.co.uk> wrote:
> Has anyone else had this problem, or is it just me? Are other types of seat as
> much a change to the feel of a Unicycle or just Viscount seats?

had another thought about6 this at tea time. There could be some tinkering worth
trying with the angle your viscount saddle is at on the seat post. As if its
tipped to high at the back or even too high at the front compared to what your
used too you could find it hard to control the uni as the saddle will be
slideing out from under you ( awfull slippery at times viscount leatherette).
The four bolts that hold seat to post sit in slots rather than holes so you can
adjust fore and aft, thus cahangeing the angle of tilt.

ttfn sarah

Re: What is it with Viscount seats?

If you want to become less wobbily on your mountain uni. Try holding on to the
seat that will give you much more control. The best seat you can get is a Miyata
mostly because of the lift handle and that it is lighter.

Re: What is it with Viscount seats?

In article <4.3.2.7.1.20010103144147.00be3b80@ncweb.com>, Rick Bissell
<rickbissell@ncweb.com> wrote:

> Basic rule of seat height is that you should have a slight bend at the knee
> of the leg with the pedal in full down position and the ball of the foot on
> the pedal.

Hmm right now I’m mounting with my right and when on, my right leg is fully
extended when the pedal is in full down. Guess I ought to chop the post down by
about less than half an inch huh? :slight_smile:

Right now my big problem is keeping the wheel under me. Otherwise it just goes
forward or backward in extreme amounts.

Needless to say, I think I’ve mastered the art of dismounting!

Re: What is it with Viscount seats?

I did adjust the seat height, and I have just been out on the Uni and the old
seat is much better for me.

Innes

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Re: What is it with Viscount seats?

I have been doing some more adjustments to the old seat as far as pitch goes, it
is feeling more normal. I am starting to get more used to the differences
between the 20" and 26" Unicycles, having the old seat and having it set up as
the old one was is a big help.

I think one of the things that are hard to adjust to, are the larger cranks,
they are not that much larger, but it is a very different feel.

I think as I practice more, I will get to the same level I was with the 20" Uni,
not that that was mastered, but I could go for an hours cycle, with turns and
reasonable freemounting.

I hope that as I get more experienced with Unicycling, I will be able to cope
with different sizes of Unicycle and different seats. I will try the Viscount
again when I feel more comfortable with the feel of the 26" Pashley.

Thanks for the help.

Innes

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