One more reason to choose scooters

The Manta saddleThe latest idea in bicycle seats looks like it was designed by Ming the Merciless. Not so, says the designer – it will ease “numb bum.” Shades of Occam’s Razor, but I have a simpler solution.

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4 Responses

  1. My first scooter had a seat as it was a cut down BMX. But here’s one with a seat whose location is conceived just right:
    http://www.kolobka.cz/2-kolobezky/46-kolobezka-laser-star-26-20-tour.htm
    Scooter seats are useful downhill (so you can enjoy gravity) and waiting at traffic lights. They can also be handy as a means to grab the scooter for lifting…But aside form those properties, they don’t have anything to recommend them on a scooter. This begs the question: what is the function of a bike seat? I guess the answer is ergonomics because I doubt that a rider can easily push down on the pedals unless they have some, um, crutch support.

  2. Well, Wikipedia, which distinguishes between bicycle seats (which carry 100% of a person’s weight) and saddles, liken the bike saddle to a horse saddle: “A bicycle saddle … is one of three contact points on an upright bicycle, the others being the pedals and the handlebars…. It performs a similar role as a horse’s saddle, not bearing all the weight of the rider as the other contact points also take some of the load.”^

    One often stands on the pedals on a bicycle; otherwise most of the rider’s weight is on the saddle. Remember, the original bicycles/scooters had saddles/seats that one sat on while propelling the vehicle with feet on the ground (which I consider the worst of both worlds). But yes, a scooter seat can provide a resting platform. I’ve read about riders using (metal) rear fenders on Kickbikes for the same purpose.

  3. You know—I looked at this on their website for quite a few minutes. I like weird stuff, but I can’t get around how it messes up the lines of the bike.

  4. This quote from Bucky Fuller comes to mind: “When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong,” although a Martian or a Manta Ray might think this beautiful – and it might work. I’m happy footbikes don’t need any of this mess.

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