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Seated Riding By the Ignoramus


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I am a tall guy. I have been trying to ride seated since I received my Sherman and it really did not seem like a reality for my frame/body type. A year later it finally makes sense.

There were two big things I had to incorporate to get going-

1. Wilderness Dump Stance - very compacted with your bottom pointing down clear of your heels and preferably on the balls of your feet. Translates to a very compacted sitting position.

2.  Feet Over the Front of the Pedals - the biggest factor working against me in the past was the position of my feet. I assumed that my feet should be flat on the pedals the same as if I was standing. Nope, my legs are too long for that. Hanging my feet off the front of the pedals to start off fixed that.

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* Shoulders/Arms/Head/Torso control acceleration and braking

* Feet control most of steering

* Visibility is negatively affected

* Best to use the balance of your body to mount versus holding the roll bar

* Stock seat works fine (for my needs)

 

 

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I like to add a tidbit on riding seated over bumpy surfaces.  I post both my hands, palms facing down, on the wheel and push my body up slightly whenever I encounter a speed bump.  This takes the pressure of the bump away from your body when seated and keeps it from going airborne.

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On 11/8/2021 at 11:33 AM, Bumblebees said:

This takes the pressure of the bump away from your body when seated and keeps it from going airborne

Interesting. I have been applying pressure to my thighs with my forearms to stop the oscillations associated with the short seat (and lack of skill). I have been a bit concerned about the lack of suspension in seated position so good to know.

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Original fits me fine and I am somewhat tall (6'3"). I did ride BMX well into my 30's so I may be a bit more comfortable while riding scrunched up LOL. I am going to order the V11 seat which will be higher, hopefully that will not spoil the Sherman seat for me.

 

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Seated riding is fun, but i simply get stuck in that position. After a few miles, my taint starts to complain. I tried it on my 18xl w/o a seat and Im still looking for my left testicle (4 weeks later):facepalm:. On my sherm, I tend to use the bars on front and rear, to help lift me for bumps and road dips. I'm a flexible guy, but that doesnt translate into being able to stand up after being a pretzel. All this seated riding talk just reminds me to tag my supermoto sometime this decade. I must admit tho, once you finally just settle in to a seated position, its much easier to simply ride than you would think. Aside from being so close of view to the ground, it didnt seem much more difficult than standing. I think its really neat you guys like to ride around seated. I also think it should be completely allowable that I make monkey jokes about you too. Can we strike a deal? You call me a toothpick and I call you a seated monkey? Meh, I dont need a deal, I still think its makes you look funny. Add a big a** warm coat and a seated rider looks like a tribble....

*cue the organ grinder:popcorn:

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No worries, my wife and son had a big laugh the first time they saw me fly by seated. "It looks you are taking a stressful dump while going 25mph"... yeah, I guess so. I like being able to cut down on the wind resistance on some my longer stretches, but it is not something that I personally feel is safe amongst pedestrians and cars.

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2 hours ago, gon2fast said:

No worries, my wife and son had a big laugh the first time they saw me fly by seated. "It looks you are taking a stressful dump while going 25mph"... yeah, I guess so.

The first time I ever saw someone riding an EUC seated my immediate thought was 'that just looks utterly and completely ridiculous. Laughable. What a dick.'

I slowly succumbed to giving it a go myself and don't mind the odd bit of seated. I do indeed feel like a dick though. If I thought it, most other passers by will as well :)

I'm the same as Shane though - I struggle to get back up sometimes, especially as I only usually do it when my legs are getting knackered in the first place.

I find my foot position front/rear and toe in/out on the pedals doesn't change whether seated or standing - all that happens is that when seated my heels are off the pedal. And yeah, bumps are a problem. I just tend to take my ass a little off the seat with leg power alone which is a bit of a killer. Maybe I should try using my hands also like you guys.

I don't know how people ride with the stock seat - way too far back IMO. With my home made one I tend to be sitting right in the middle of the wheel. If I slide back to where I would be sitting on the stock seat I have to move my upper body so far forward my chest is nearly on my legs :lol:

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In my unending quest to master the euc, I've learned to ride seated just so I can say I can.  And truth be told I enjoy it - except I don't recommend it on an S18. Just doesn't make sense on that platform.  It's just ergonomically uncomfortable - unless you have some sort of seat or a fat ass.

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I got a seat for my 16x and enjoy sitting down every now and then. Mostly to give the knees a break, but I stand for the most part. Haven't tried to sit on the S18, the target for the butt is awfully small and plopping down too far back seems "unwise". Besides, the top of that thing is hard.

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4 hours ago, Tawpie said:

I got a seat for my 16x and enjoy sitting down every now and then. Mostly to give the knees a break, but I stand for the most part. Haven't tried to sit on the S18, the target for the butt is awfully small and plopping down too far back seems "unwise". Besides, the top of that thing is hard.

easy to sit on the S18

 

ill say my V12 is even easier again, without a seat that is, actually almost comfortable 🙃

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I had a lot of fun practicing seated riding today. It seems like a good option for really long rides. Riding seated on the road felt sketchy as I did not feel very visible and also I take about twice as long to brake. It also felt somewhat ridiculous to ride seated but maybe that goes away with time? 

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Seated riding question - i tried it yesterday on the v11 with inmotion seat.  The hardest part for me was that sometimes i intend to go straight but it would veer to the left or right and when i correct, then it turns the other way even harder.   This happens more often when i try to keep my upper body upright while letting my lower body move independently. If I fix my upper body to the same position as the lower body, it is less likely to happen, but it can still happen.

Each turn becomes progressively harder to correct, like a wobble going out of control.  With a wobble, i can tame it by slowing down.  When i do that to a seated "wobble", the wobble / oscillation continues to get worse.  Any suggestions?  What causes it and what's the best way to stop it?

On a normal wobble, i know one way to deal with it is to carve or to weigh one side.  This one can still happen when i lean my body to one side.

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I am (still and probably will be forever) "practicing" seated riding... I tried to steer by just gently tipping my upper body side to side. Works, but sketch as heck. Now I'm trying to keep the upper body basically centered but push on the pedals with my feet—more like I do when standing. It's a bit better, but clearly I need to do both. Control the turn with foot pressure but keep the body center of mass 'in line' with the wheel-to-road angle. I do believe counter steering is another key to success but haven't gotten that far!

Refreshingly, speed wobbles just don't happen to me when seated!

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