|RealSeatTM is an original design protected by U.S. patent #6,705,674
|- Shipping Cost & Carriers -
- Check or Money Order -
- Expectations & Reality -
- Weight Limit Capacity -
- Lateral Shifting of Seat -
- Sliding on Seat Covering -
- Maneuverability & Control -
- Chafing & Abrasion -
- Seat Cover Longevity -
- Exercise Bike Use -
|EXERCISE BIKE USE
Q: Can I install a RealSeatTM on my exercise bike?
A: Yes, so long as it uses a 'tapered' seat post shaft. See the
HOW TO page for specific requirements.
|ELDERLY OR GERIATRIC USE
Q: Your seat looks like a perfect gift for my elderly in-laws. Would they be
able to use a RealSeat without jeopardizing their safety.
A: If he or she is placing seat on an exercise bike or geriatric trike they will
be just fine without much guidance. If, though, they intend to place it on
a 2 wheeled bike they must be made aware that our seat is unlike
anything he or she has ever likely seen or tried before and,
(pardon the age old metaphor) not unlike an old dog
must be able and willing to learn a new trick.
|LATERAL SHIFTING OF SEAT
Q: My RealSeatTM shifts laterally left and right when pedaling. What do
I need to tighten to stop the seat from shifting?
A: One or two of the things listed below need tightened:
1.) Check to see if the (2) 6mm hex head Allen screws on the
RealSeatTM seat mount are equally tight.
2.) Check to see if the bicycles main seat tube clamp/quick release
is tight (ie... the bolt you loosen and tighten to
raise or lower overall seat height).
|TABLE OF CONTENTS
|RECUMBENT BIKE USE
Q: Can RealSeatTM be mounted to a recumbent bicycle?
A: No, it will not install to any recumbent style bike that we are aware of!
If you have been considering a recumbent because you can no longer
tolerate a saddle, then look no further! For listed below we have
some compelling reasons why NOT to buy a recumbent.
Invariably, just as 'early man thought the world was flat', there will be
a few prideful recumbent owners who will disagree with our assertions. But, a
reasonable man could not dispute the FACT that people are inclined
to buy recumbent bicycles 'first and foremost' because of
its seat. To illustrate this point, just how many
recumbent bikes do you think would
sell with saddles on them?
And while we will not dispute that recumbent bicycles do indeed have
comfortable seats when compared to a traditional saddle on an upright bicycle,
they are absolutely AWFUL at hill climbing. For any bicycle that does
not permit you to stand with your full weight on its crank
will be a bicycle that you will most certainly
walk up most hills and inclines with!
So, unless your an individual with a physical impediment why waste your
money on an over-priced (most entry level recumbents cost
in excess of thousand dollars) Rube Goldberg
inspired contraption best suited
to low grade rail trails.
|MANEUVERABILITY & CONTROL
Q: Does RealSeat's hornless seat design effect bicycle control?
A: No, when one gets accustomed to riding their RealSeat they quickly
discover that they can control their bicycle much the same
as if there was still a saddle on it. For you will be
able to easily dart around obstacles
and negotiate tight turns.
|SEAT COVER LONGEVITY
Q: How long can I expect the seat cover to last?
A: Under normal conditions (wherein the bike is stored indoors when not used)
the seat cover will hold-up for many years, but its longevity is entirely
dependent on how often it is used and exposed to the elements.
For the fabric covering and foam in our seat is most similar
to that found in premium outdoor patio furniture.
And, when the seat cover is finally worn beyond continued use it can be
easily removed and replaced without any tools whatsoever.
For we offer for sale a complete selection of
replacement covers in all colors.
|CHAFING & ABRASION
Q: While pedaling my bike will the front edge of the seat
cover braise and chafe the back of my legs?
A: No, the seat cover is made of a supple woven nylon that is both soft and
flexible. Moreover, the front edge of the seat cover will not unduly
impede or interfere with your ability to pedal your bike.
|LOWER BACK PAIN
Q: When riding a traditional saddle I experience lower back pain. Will your
RealSeatTM eliminate the back pain I receive from biking?
A: Yes and No!
Yes, if your back pain is associated with bike saddle usage. For our
RealSeatTM will reduce and disperse the weight
bore upon your tail bone.
No, if you have permanent back pain.
|OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS:
When pedaling a bike hard a rider will tend to sit closer to the seats front edge
AND while coasting or pedaling casually one tends to sit further back
in the seat. There is also sufficient seat cover area to not
only 'sit and pedal' comfortably but extra seat
area to 'reposition your rump' once
fatigue or tired butt sets in.
|- Recumbent Bike Use -
- Commercial & Public Use -
- Actual Seat Weight -
- Seat Width & Depth -
- Elderly & Geriatric Use -
- 'Suspension' Post Usage -
- Prostate & Impotence -
- Lower Back Pain -
- Dealer Network -
- Discounted Seats -
|PROSTATE & IMPOTENCE
Q: Will your seat allow those suffering from prostate or impotence
issues to ride bike once again without risk
of further injury or pain?
A: Yes! Because when you ride on a RealSeatTM your entire body weight is
uniformly and evenly dispersed over a much broader and wider
area than what is ever possible on a nerve and vessel
crushing postage stamp sized area on a saddle.
Q: In the event I do not like the seat what is your return policy?
A: We provide a 45-day return policy from delivery of seat less both
a 30% re-stocking fee and all shipping charges.
Please understand we do NOT want to discourage people in any
way from purchasing our comfort seat and we do regret charging a penalty for
returns. But, unlike most products it is impossible to try one of our seats
without subjecting it to varying degrees of tool or cover wear.
Moreover, we have gone to great lengths to convey that our comfort seats are
indeed unique and different and not necessarily what some riders
are accustomed to and what possible sacrifices a rider
might need make to confidently use seat.
So, in the rare event it does not work for you, please keep in mind we cannot
later re-sell a returned seat as new and being a small business
we cannot afford to absorb the loss entirely either!
|WEIGHT LIMIT CAPACITY
Q: I weigh well over the 275 lb limit assigned to your largest seat, do you
offer a seat that will support my increased weight?
A: No, 275 lb is the reasonable weight limit for the RS-22 size.
While our largest seat the 'RS-22' is designed and engineered to withstand a
weight load up to 300 pounds, we have concluded from years of
testing that those who weigh in excess of 275 pounds
routinely lack the basic agility and dexterity
skills necessary to safely use our
seat without incidence.
|'SUSPENSION' SEAT POST USAGE
Q: Can I use RealSeatTM with a tapered 'suspension' seat post?
A: No, we do not recommend its use. Our RealSeat needs to be installed to a
traditional pillar 'tapered' seat post shaft. For the internal parts and springs in a
suspension seat post are designed to vertically absorb bumps but will
unduly wiggle laterally due to additional lateral leverage
applied during RealSeat's use. Furthermore, it
is no longer needed with RealSeat.
See the HOW TO page for specific seat post requirements.
|ACTUAL SEAT WEIGHT
Q: What is the actual weight of each size seat?
A: See table below.
|SEAT WEIGHT TABLE
|SEAT WIDTH & DEPTH
Q: Are your seats as wide as what the part number nomenclature indicates?
A: Yes. But, if you instead want determine any size seats actual 'sit' width
then subtract two inches from its overall width and one inch
from its depth. For the U-shaped seat frame (which you
sit around but not upon) is one inch in diameter.
|OVERALL SEAT WIDTH & DEPTH TABLE
Q: Do you have any stocking dealers where I could try and
test the seat out before purchasing it?
A: Yes, we have 2 locations (one in Iowa near Des Moines
and the other in Ohio near Lima).
|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Do you offer any seats for sale at discount?
A: Yes, while we do not have an abundance of seats to sell at discount we
can generally fix one up with either a gently used or a factory
second you can purchase at a 20% discount off MSRP.
But, there is one stipulation to consider on any & all discounted seats...
ALL DISCOUNTED SEATS ARE SOLD 'ALL SALES FINAL - NO RETURNS'!
If we can ready a discounted seat for you then kindly make e-mail request
(please state seat size and specify first and second color choice
-AND- your name and shipping address and payment
method 'ie. credit card, check or m.o.') to:
We will e-mail you within 48 hours after checking color availability.
|SHIPPING COST & CARRIERS
Q: What shipping carrier do you use and what is cost?
A: Depending on the destination we will use either UPS, USPS or FedEx to
ship order. The cost to ship a seat or accessory is compiled below.
|RealSeatTM Flat-Rate Shipping Table
|EXPECTATIONS & REALITY
Q: Does your seat work better on some styles of bikes
than what it does on others?
A: Our RealSeat is a comfort seat that will install to most any style
of bicycle. But, it is best suited for bikes that are comfort oriented in design like
hybrid, cruiser and forward crank styles of bicycle, and it works well
with most mountain bikes too. Moreover, it is doubtful you
will anytime soon see our seats being used in
competitive or endurance cycling.
|- Return Policy -
|CHECK OR MONEY ORDER
Q: Do you accept check or money order for purchase of seat?
A: Yes. If you want to mail-in payment please make certain to
include applicable shipping charges (charted above) for order along with
what size and color seat you desire, and your complete
shipping and e-mail address and mail to:
RealSeat USA, Inc.
405 W. Bremen St.
New Knoxville, OH. 45871
We will ship your order out within one business day after receipt of payment.
|COMMERCIAL & PUBLIC USE
Q: Would your seat serve as a good all-purpose seat in a public or clinical
setting that would work well for many without having
to make frequent adjustments?
A: No. Because 'no two people' (let alone many) would likely desire seat at
same angle and height. For our seat is a highly personal seat
that works best for bicyclists who take the time
to adjust seat to their individual liking.
|SLIDING ON SEAT COVERING
Q: While pedaling my bike I slide forward off my RealSeatTM. What
can I do to minimize and alleviate sliding?
A: You should be able to confidently and comfortably sit and pedal at
same time without sliding off a RealSeat! Please see
recommendations below for helpful tips.
|TO ALLEVIATE & ELIMINATE SLIDING FORWARD OBSERVE ONE OR MORE
OF THE FOLLOWING 5 + 1 RECOMMENDATIONS
|1) Try lowering the overall height of seat from ground by an inch or two. For
our seat has a 'vertical' height greater than that of a saddle.
2) Try leveling the seat with ground or even bring it slightly
backwards a couple of degrees beyond level.
3) Try re-tightening the front webbing strap underneath seat cover to
minimize sag and droop at seat covers front edge.
4) Try raising or adjusting your handlebars so that your upper body
becomes more upright and closer to seat. For this can be accomplished two
different ways, by either raising the handlebar stem directly upward
from head tube (where handlebar assembly becomes one with
front fork) and/or re-positioning the grip angle of the
handlebars where they are closer to seat.
5) Try wearing non-slippery athletic wear like cotton or linen.
+1) And if all else fails (and it shouldn't) spray a fine layer of hair spray to
seat cover top for added stickiness to minimize sliding.