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My recommendation for a comfy seat

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:06 pm

Have you ever wondered how a guy rides for hours on a unicycle? Just good old fashioned WA "hospital grade" sheepskin. Each one good for around a thousand km and then they go in the washing machine for a boost.

I only use hospital grade skins which are extra springy when fresh. However, it is not just the padding that it helps with.

Thoroughly recommended to guys that suffer chaffing in the nether regions.

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Re: My recommendation for a comfy seat

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:16 pm

(If you are sensitive about family-friendly then you may wish to stop reading about now.)

For us blokes, once you cease to be dry down low, those soft loose bits (aka scrotum) can wind up being pulled to the left then the right then the left then the right then the...

Well, you get the idea. After a few thousand of these the ride can't end soon enough. This is where the sheep skin does it's magic.

The wool, as well as shock absorption, also has a lot of lateral movement. That means that those bits that want to adhere to that seat and be pulled all over the place now have a left-right sliding layer. End of grief.

Even better than my old Brookes.

For the record a skin costs around $140 to $170. For my larger-than-yours saddle I cut 15 tonight out of that one skin. On a regular bike with skinny seat it would be more than double that.

They wash in a clothes washing machine but need to be dried with something holding the underlying leather from creasing and folding. Pegs into a board will work, or tacks through it to a board.

You'd get a dozen rewashes and one skin would last, in my reckoning, a hundred thousand km. You cut to shape and then hold them onto the seat with a generous number of lacky bands at each end. The one skin cut for my ginormous seat and 99% weight-on-seat for 33,000km and, though not what it was when new, is still valuable. You can stack them two or three high as they flatten before having to recover in the washing machine.

But I do stress - It absolutely must be hospital grade only. The sort of stuff that granny has under her sheets in the old folks home.
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Re: My recommendation for a comfy seat

Postby outnabike » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:55 am

Thanks Colin, I will have to try that for my wife's ride. :)
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Re: My recommendation for a comfy seat

Postby baabaa » Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:51 pm

Mods! Mods! Mods? This discussion, down, now.
This is a family orientated forum and this topic is just bad.
Nothing good about using “Good old fashioned WA "hospital grade" sheepskin”…
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My recommendation for a comfy seat

Postby Dr_Mutley » Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:02 pm

Sew them in for chamois if u want the best protection...
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Re: My recommendation for a comfy seat

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:50 pm

Dr_Mutley wrote:Sew them in for chamois if u want the best protection...

I can't be the only one who gets grief for what gets prominence when wearing chamois lined cycling daks. Imagine the uproar with 1" of extra bulky padding sewn down there. :mrgreen:
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Re: My recommendation for a comfy seat

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:17 am

I rode fifty km yesterday in cloudless sweaty conditions. It was SOOOOOOOO comfortable. I had forgotten what a fresh skin was like.
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Re: My recommendation for a comfy seat

Postby stevebaby » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:32 am

Dr_Mutley wrote:Sew them in for chamois if u want the best protection...
Guaranteed to get you a table to yourself at the after ride coffee shop too.
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Re: My recommendation for a comfy seat

Postby geoffs » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:45 pm

I am surprised you are having problems. After having a try on a unicycle once i realised that guy's that ride them don't have balls!
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