There are several things to try.
Sounds like you haven't got the best of seats. I couldn't believe the
difference when I switched from a Savage to a viscount. Sooo much more
comfortable. Seat shape and design plays a big part in comfort and a badly
designed seat can definately cause crotch pain. My advice would be to switch
seats to something like a Viscount or Miyata.
What kind of pants are they wearing? Jeans are terrible for riding as they
have a large thick seam right where you are sitting. This gets very
uncomfortable after a little while. Ideally use pants with thin seams and
fabric that isn't *** the skin.
It may pay to invest in some cycle shorts (the padded kind). Some people
maintain they look a bit dorky but the comfort factor is well worth it. Cycle
shorts are designed to reduce friction while providing extra padding and you
definately notice the difference. There are also brands available now that
look like normal board shorts but have cycle shorts on the inside.
Riding style does play a role in comfort but I think seat design and clothing
are the main factors. When people first start out they can find riding very
uncomfortable as they are sitting on the seat wrong (this is especially a male
problem - don't sit on certain dangly bits!) I can't speak for females but
you do adjust and figure out how to sit comfortably.
If crotch pain is still a problem you may like to try a lubrication product
like Butt'r. (Available from unicycle source).
My kids (12 year old boy, 15 yr old girl) are complaining that they are
getting very sore crotches from riding their unicycles (1.5 miles or less).
One has a Torker unicycle with its standard issue seat, and the other has an
inexpensive seat that is banana shaped with metal guards on each end (a
Any suggestions? Is this something that improves with time? I'm not
experiencing this problem and don't know if it is a size/personal padding
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