Schwinn's seat posts are too short!

Schwinn's seat posts are too short!

Post by jfr.. » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00


Well, I have owned a 24" Schwinn unicycle for just over a month now, and a few
nights ago I rode it over to my local juggling club (Texas Juggling Society)
for the first time. Several people commented that the seat seemed a tad bit low
and that I should raise it. I tried riding another person's uni (a Semcycle)
whose seat was about an inch higher, and I immediately noticed a difference. I
had more control, and was able to make turns a bit sharper. Needless to say,
when I got home that night, I busted out the wrench to raise the seat, only to
discover in horror that the seat was already at its highest setting!

I called Schwinn the next day, and the guy who answered the phone told me that
Schwinn stopped making longer seat posts a few years back, and suggested that I
contact a machinist, and have an extra length of metal welded on, and then have
a hole punched in it. This is lame, no wait, this is spectacularly lame,
considering I spent over $160 on this thing (which is a *lot* for me), and I
don't exactly have any spare money right now for welding!

The strange thing is, I'm only 5'10", which I don't consider to be very tall,
so either Schwinn has made some kind of mistake, or they were just trying to
save a few bucks by not using as much metal for the seat posts. Who knows? If
anyone here has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for
letting me vent!

- Jeremy

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

 
 
 

Schwinn's seat posts are too short!

Post by Peter Bi » Tue, 05 Aug 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Well, I have owned a 24" Schwinn unicycle for just over a month now, and
a few
> nights ago I rode it over to my local juggling club (Texas Juggling Society)
> for the first time. Several people commented that the seat seemed a tad
bit low
> and that I should raise it. I tried riding another person's uni (a Semcycle)
> whose seat was about an inch higher, and I immediately noticed a
difference. I
> had more control, and was able to make turns a bit sharper. Needless to say,
> when I got home that night, I busted out the wrench to raise the seat,
only to
> discover in horror that the seat was already at its highest setting!

> I called Schwinn the next day, and the guy who answered the phone told
me that
> Schwinn stopped making longer seat posts a few years back, and suggested
that I
> contact a machinist, and have an extra length of metal welded on, and
then have
> a hole punched in it. This is lame, no wait, this is spectacularly lame,
> considering I spent over $160 on this thing (which is a *lot* for me), and I
> don't exactly have any spare money right now for welding!

> The strange thing is, I'm only 5'10", which I don't consider to be very tall,
> so either Schwinn has made some kind of mistake, or they were just trying to
> save a few bucks by not using as much metal for the seat posts. Who knows? If
> anyone here has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for
> letting me vent!

> - Jeremy

> If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

I have exactly the same problem with my latest uni.  It must have been
built for a dwarf!  Unfortunatley you would have to be under 5 ft to be
able to ride mine in its present condition and I am 6"1.  

There are several solutions.  I tried a handlebar extension (probably be
about US $15) which would work for you.  Its still a bit short for me (I
just need another 2 inches but they aren't there).  The alternative is to
find a machinist to weld an extra bit on the end.  You should be able to
pick up an extra bit for around US $7.  If you can find a friend who welds
that will be all it costs.  

I personally think it would be nice if they made uni seat posts a bit
taller.  It isn't too hard to cut a bit off the end but it is a big hassle
trying to get a seat post extended.  Good luck.

Peter

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Schwinn's seat posts are too short!

Post by Roger Willia » Thu, 07 Aug 1997 04:00:00

Schwinn still has longer seat post available, I got one about a month ago
and it cost about $15 Dollars.   Chances are your bike shop just dident
want to bother finding part # and do the special order.  Can you try
another shop?

Another option is to rest the seat post on top of the bolt and tighten
securely.
Also Tom Miller ( he can be found in the uni. web page ) can probably
ship you a tall post.

Good luck,  Roger

 
 
 

Schwinn's seat posts are too short!

Post by Dirg » Thu, 14 Aug 1997 04:00:00

Creeping stealthily through the corridors of rec.sport.unicycling,
 I overheard Peter Bier say:


<SNIP>
: > The strange thing is, I'm only 5'10", which I don't consider to be very tall,
: > so either Schwinn has made some kind of mistake, or they were just trying to
: > save a few bucks by not using as much metal for the seat posts. Who knows? If
: > anyone here has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for
: > letting me vent!

<SNIP>

: There are several solutions.  I tried a handlebar extension (probably be
: about US $15) which would work for you.  Its still a bit short for me (I
: just need another 2 inches but they aren't there).  The alternative is to
: find a machinist to weld an extra bit on the end.  You should be able to
: pick up an extra bit for around US $7.  If you can find a friend who welds
: that will be all it costs.  

: I personally think it would be nice if they made uni seat posts a bit
: taller.  It isn't too hard to cut a bit off the end but it is a big hassle
: trying to get a seat post extended.  Good luck.

Apologies if this solution is over simplistic, but how about wandering
into your local bike shop, seat post in hand, and saying "'Scuse us
Mister, but can you get hold of a longer bit of this for us?" Whilst
waving your hands at the approximate length you want....

Shoudl only cost around 6ukp... I may be getting mine done soonish.

 --
Michael
"May all your dreams - bar one - be fulfilled"
        A Sathuli blessing from the Drenai novels by David Gemmel.

 
 
 

Schwinn's seat posts are too short!

Post by Paul Buns » Thu, 14 Aug 1997 04:00:00

[Something about his legs being too long for his seat post.]

Here's something you can do with no welding.  (One of these days I should
just learn to weld so I wouldn't have to keep coming up with these jury
rigged solutions.)  You'll need a hack saw, a file and a drill.  First
find a metal sleave that just barely fits over your seat post.   Then cut
the seat post between two of holes.  Drill some holes in the sleave and put
it all back together with some bolts (or a bunch of quick releases).  It
should look like this:
                                              |   |
       |   |                                 ||   ||
       |   |                                 || 0 ||
       | 0 |                                 ||___||
       |   | <----- Cut here.                |     |
       | 0 |                                 |     |
       |   |                                 | ___ |
       | 0 |                                 || 0 ||
       |   |                                 ||   ||
       | 0 |                                  | 0 |
       |___|                                  |   |
                                              | 0 |
                                              |___|
       Before                                
                                              After

You could skip the cutting part and just add a sleave at the bottom.  This
will widen the frame of your uni, which might cause some rubbing between
the cranks and the bearings.  

Good luck.

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