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RealSeatTM is an original design protected by U.S. patent #6,705,674
Our RealSeat will only install onto what is referred to as a 'tapered' or 'pillar'
style of seat post shaft. For tapered or pillar seat post shafts (EXP. A) have a main
shaft diameter that tapers down to a diameter of 7/8 of an inch at the very
top end of the shaft and is what our seats mount will clamp onto
and around. So, if you already have this style of seat
post shaft then skip down to section #2.

As a general rule 'integrated' style seat post shafts (EXP. B) are routinely
included as original equipment on high end bicycle brands like Cannondale, Trek,
Specialized, Jamis, etc. sold at bike shops unlike bicycles sold at discounters
like WalMart, Target and the like that typically come standard with a
'tapered/pillar' style seat post shaft for use with RealSeat
TM.

So, if your seat post shaft resembles (EXP. B) where a claw style clamp
is physically attached to the top of the shaft itself then you
do indeed have an 'integrated' seat post shaft
and you will have to replace it with
a 'tapered/pillar' seat post.

READ BELOW FOR REPLACEMENT ADVICE.

IDENTIFYING THE DIAMETER OF YOUR 'INTEGRATED' SEAT POST:
Before you can replace an 'integrated' seat post shaft you will first need
to remove the shaft from your bicycle to determine its diameter. As is routinely
the case, the main diameter is often stamped directly on the shaft itself
below its minimum insertion line. And, if the diameter is not
stamped on shaft it will then need to be measured
with a pair of calipers or micrometers
to establish its diameter.

WHAT IS A SEAT POST SHIM:
Since some 'integrated' style seat post shafts have shaft diameters
that are larger than their 'tapered/pillar' cousin you may have to use a 'seat post
shim' in conjunction with a replacement shaft. For example if your
seat post shaft is 30.9mm in diameter you will need
both a 27.2mm seat post shaft and a
27.2/30.9mm seat post shim.
 

WHERE TO BUY REPLACEMENT 'TAPERED/PILLAR' SHAFTS:
We offer a full assortment of replacement 'tapered/pillar' seat posts and
seat post shims available for sale on our BUY HERE web page
-OR- you can visit your local bike shop to acquire the
exact size replacement for use with our seat.
EXP. A
EXP. B
2.)  POSITION THE BORED HOLE ON THE SEAT MOUNT TO THE TOP
OF THE 'TAPERED/PILLAR' SEAT POST SHAFT.
Start by locating the bored shaft hole on the seats mount and gently lower
the seat until it is fully seated to the top of the tapered/pillar seat
post shaft and square up the front edge of the seats
cover with the main crossbar of the bike.

NOTE: In some instances it may be necessary to spread slit apart slightly
on the seats mount with wedged screw driver (back screws off first and place
screwdriver between screws to wedge) to accommodate seat post
shafts that are slightly over-sized with paint build-up.

After the seat has been placed fully on top of seat post shaft locate the (2)
hex head cap screws threaded into the seats mount and tighten
each hex head cap screw 'back & forth' with a 6mm
Allen wrench until they are equally and
extensively tightened.

Next, make certain that the seat post shaft clamp/quick release (aka.. the
bolt that came with your bike that you loosen and tightened
to raise or lower the seats overall height)
is also extensively tightened.

To verify and complete the installation it is necessary to test that
BOTH the seat is secured tightly to the top end of the seat post shaft -AND- that
the seat post shaft clamp/quick release is also sufficiently tightened by
straddling the rear tire and with
reasonable force laterally tug on
the seat as to verify that it will not easily shift when in use.

And if the seat should ever shift while in use you will then have to pinpoint
whether it is the mount on the seat -OR- if it is the seat post
shaft that is slipping and re-tighten further.

Just be careful that you don't over-tighten and strip-out any threads!

Lastly, keep in mind our line of extra wide bicycle seats exert far
greater lateral (left to right) leverage on a seat post shaft than what a saddle
does during use. So, if you couple this with the realization that all
components that need tightened to install and use our
seat are ROUND it should be clear to any novice
why all hardware needs to be tightened
to alleviate shifting of seat.
1.)  REMOVE YOUR OLD SADDLE COMPLETELY TO DETERMINE WHAT 'STYLE' OF
SEAT POST SHAFT YOU HAVE ON YOUR BIKE.
LOWERING THE SEAT HEIGHT & SETTING SEAT ANGLE
LEVEL
FORWARD
BACKWARD
TO PIVOT THE SEAT:
To change the pitch angle of the seat locate and loosen the 14mm flange
head nut threaded onto the carriage bolt on the right side
of the seat frames bracket slot and re-pivot the
seat fore or aft and re-tighten nut.
ADJUSTING THE SEAT COVER TENSION
TO INCREASE TENSION ON COVER:
Locate the 2 webbing straps underneath the cover and pull apart the
hook & loop closure sewn to the 2 webbing straps. Next, secure
seat to apply leverage (SEE ABOVE PHOTO ON RIGHT) to
tighten webbing then re-mate hook & loop together.
TO DECREASE TENSION ON COVER:
Locate the 2 webbing straps underneath the cover and pull apart the
hook & loop closure sewn to the 2 webbing straps. Next, lift
up on the metal buckles to release the webbing
tension then re-mate hook & loop.
Due to minor fabric stretch from use, periodic tightening may be
needed to maintain tension, especially after the seats first use.
If, at first, you can't get cover clean with a damp wash cloth then:
- FOREWORD -
- SEAT INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS -
- LOWERING THE SEAT HEIGHT & SETTING SEAT ANGLE -
- ADJUSTING THE SEAT COVER TENSION -
- REMOVING YOUR SEAT COVER -
- USEFUL RIDING TIPS -
- COVER CARE -
TABLE OF CONTENTS
REMOVING YOUR SEAT COVER
TIP #1: Unless you are VERY limber and can easily swing your leg over
the entire seat without falling over it is a good idea instead
to lean the bicycle to one side wherein you lift your
leg over the main crossbar of your bicycle.

TIP #2: When trying RealSeat for the very first time start by straddling the
crossbar positioning the bike between your legs. When you are ready to
take off place one foot on a down-stroked pedal and with your other
foot firmly planted to ground give yourself a good push-off
to get rolling. And once you get pedaling and going
forward under full power begin to sit and settle
down into your new comfy RealSeat.
'LEG PRESSURE' CONSIDERATIONS:
Depending on what style of bicycle you ride and what angle and
height you set the seat some negligible pressure to the back of your legs may
be unavoidable. And while altering the angle & height will reduce
pressure it may not eliminate it entirely either.
THE 3 'BASIC' POSITIONS OF SEAT ANGLE
SEAT INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
NOTE: The hook & loop in our seat covers is not of an ordinary variety, it
is instead a 'low cycle - high shear' specialty hook & loop. When
the hook & loop is properly mated/mashed together, it
becomes extremely difficult to pull apart. To pull
apart hook & loop, work your fingers in
between the two to separate.
USEFUL RIDING TIPS
COVER CARE
NOTE: To prolong seat cover life and color, avoid unnecessary
exposure to sunlight and/or the elements.
PHOTO'S COMING SOON!
3) The (backward position) is best suited for riders who have their
pedals in a more forward position (versus a traditional
bicycle) and/or they have extended handlebars.
1) The (level position) is best suited for the casual riders who
wants to place their full body weight on the seat.
2) The (forward position) is best suited for endurance cyclist who desire
maximum leg extension and instead use a seat more to rest
their legs during a long ride than to rest their behind.
TO LOWER OR RAISE THE SEAT HEIGHT:
Loosen the bolt/quick release on the seat post clamp (attached to your
bike) and raise or lower your seat post and re-tighten.
After you have attached and fully tightened your RealSeat to the
seat post you will more than likely need to lower overall height of the seat from
the ground because the vertical height of our RealSeat is taller than
the saddle that came with your bike. So, it is advisable that
you first lower the seat an inch or two before
taking your very first test ride.

SEAT HEIGHT LOWERING TIP
Since ALL RealSeat seat covers have safety reflectors sewn to rear of seat
cover you can safely remove the plastic reflector assembly that is
wrapped around seat post shaft that came with bicycle to
lower seat upwards of an additional inch.
FOREWORD
While all bicycles have obvious similarities they are all geometrically
different. Therefore, of the thousands of brands and millions
of bicycles manufactured over the past 50 years, it is
impossible for us to pre-set our seat in such
a configuration where it won't require
a simple adjustment or two
to optimize comfort.

In a nut shell, a little common sense combined with either a reduction of
the seats overall height (by an inch or two) or an adjustment of
the seats tilt angle (by pivoting it fore or aft a couple
of degrees) will substantially enhance the
seats overall usability and comfort.

And while we do indeed believe our RealSeat
TM is a significant
improvement from the 'crotch crushers' that are traditional saddles, it is by
no means perfect. For if you somehow expect your rear end to
be magically suspended in perpetual weightlessness
in defiance of the principle laws of gravity then
you are deeply mistaken and should
consider a different seat.

On the other hand, if you happen to be one of the untold millions who
can no longer tolerate a saddle, and you want to ensure that
you discover all of RealSeat's comfort potential, it is
then imperative that you take 10 minutes
and consult this 'easy to read'
page in its entirety.
Next, level the seat with ground to prepare for your very first 'test ride'.
Important Note: Before taking off for very first time please make
certain your tires on bicycle are properly inflated. For if your bicycle has
under inflated tires you will have to push harder than normal
(and on seat!) just to get bike moving forward.

Now to try seat for the very first time place yourself on bicycle wherein you
straddle the main crossbar of bike with one foot to the ground
and the other foot resting atop a down-stroked pedal.

And with your grounded foot give yourself a strong push-off to get the
bike moving BEFORE you attempt to sit in the seat.

Upon completion of your first 'test ride' you may find you now want
to experiment with the seat by adjusting or fine tuning
the pitch angle or height to optimize ride.

And, until such time you have mastered its use,
do NOT take-off while seated.

It so happens riders we have interviewed over the years are amazed at what
just a couple degrees difference in angle (back or forward) or the
reduction in the overall height of seat from ground can
do to affect the level of comfort and usability.

But one thing is for certain - the seat will not self-adjust!

NOTE
The reason we do not recommend that first time users take off while
fully seated is because all to often you risk the seat shifting because one has
pushed too hard on seat just trying to get the bicycle moving forward
when first beginning to pedal. In other words, the seat is
not a leg press and WILL shift if unduly forced!
NOTE: The hook & loop in our seat covers is not of an ordinary variety and
is instead a 'low cycle - high shear' specialty hook & loop. When
the hook & loop is properly mated/mashed together it
becomes extremely difficult to pull apart. To pull
apart hook & loop, work your fingers in
between the two to separate.
1.) Immerse with water
2.) Apply liquid dish soap
3.) Scrub with bristle brush
4.) Rinse with garden hose
5.) Allow to dry thoroughly
HOW TO
"Extra WIDE Bike Seats for Pain Free Comfort & Relief"
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