Setting up Kris Holm Air Ride Fusion Saddle



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munimutant

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I got this saddle a couple weeks ago for my Torker Unistar DX 24 (the
Torker saddle was really chafing inner thighs bad). There were no
recommendations on amount of inflation, and I've tried several PSI's.
But the problem is that at any inflation, the "airbag" won't stay
centered on the saddle -- no matter how tight I cinch up the seat
cover. Anyone have any recommendations?

Also, is anyone else concerned that if they use an air saddle and go
for a 5hr. ride out into the boondocks (length of ride being a main
reason for the air saddle), what are we gonna do if the tube pops??!!
It'll be a long, painful ride home I guess. Maybe good idea to carry a
small patch kit and mini pump (good to have anyway for the tire).

Bottom line is, if I can't resolve the airbag-centering issue, I'll
probably just get a regular Kris Holm or other saddle. But as a
muni-newbie, that airbag sure feels good on the bumps until I can stand
& hop better.:eek:


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saskatchewanian

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I tried using a KH air saddle for a couple weeks and basically hated it.
some things I found helped for preventing the tube from shifting to
much was using a 12" tube instead of a 20, and lots of duct tape.

I never did get it as comfortable as my cut down old style KH saddle
(identical to DH saddle foam as far as I can tell)

For chaffing try wearing bike shorts, there are various creams that are
supposed to help and basically just avoid cotton.


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munimutant

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Thanks I was thinking the stock tube seemed a bit long. I'll also try
the duct tape idea as soon as I'm sure the PSI is where I want it, so
the tape won't be constricting it too much.

I do wear bike shorts, know the benefits of that from MTBing. It's the
stitching on the Torker that I think is really rubbing.


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I had the same problem with the same saddle. I ended up dismantling it
and, after trying several engineering disasters, wrapped the tube sock
with duct tape while slightly inflated. It's tricky getting the tube in
the sock so it's balanced on each side and taped to hold it's shape the
way you want it. I've done it on three seats now, and still have some
trouble with the second one, but it's definitely better after the
"fix".

As far as inflation that is totally up to the individual rider. Too
hard is just that, too hard. Obviously, too soft is also too soft. So,
you have to play Goldilocks and the Three Bears for a while until you
find one that is just right (for you).

Bike shorts are a huge help, but you already know that. I read a story
about a guy who rode the Seattle to Portland (STP) bike race recently
on a Coker (204 miles in two days!) but I don't remember if he did
anything special for his posterior. You might Google it to see if it's
still out there.

Good luck with your butt! :eek:


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