On Thursday, July 30, 2015, F— M—- wrote:
Do you have a recommendation for a flag for the Quest? I am feeling more confident and would like to venture out on the road.
Also I find the padding of the seat is not the greatest. Any suggestions? I have made a pad out of an old Yoga mat which has helped greatly.
Flag: I’m assuming you mean a safety flag and not, like, an American flag?
If you mean a safety flag, I personally don’t ride with a flag, so I can’t suggest a solution that I believe in. And I rarely sell flags except to trike riders, where it seems there is more clearly a safety advantage.
If you mean a country flag, I suggest the stars and stripes, man!
My own approach, if I’m looking to be noticed on the road, instead of a flag I wear a high-viz lime green helmet (Bell and Lazer make models) and usually high-viz clothing — a shirt or a highway worker’s high-viz safety vest/jacket and/or a high-viz “Buff” neck gaiter. (Check out these high-viz reflective buffs.) For high-viz gear, here’s a link, though I don’t know these guys.
It seems that different riders have different experiences with the seat padding on the Quest (and other recumbents). For me, the standard padding is fine but I know others have wanted something firmer or thicker.
Yours is actually one of the better solutions I’ve heard because the yoga mat is probably closed-core foam rubber, which should be durable. I’d maybe glue the old yoga mat together permanently and then cut it to shape, or search on-line for closed core foam sleeping pads that I could cut to shape. Here’s a pad made by Alps Mountaineering. Alps generally makes good stuff. If I was to do it properly, I’d also buy some velcro and attach it to the seat. I have one customer who likes using computer packing foam under the back of his seat. There’s no “official” solution for this one from Cruzbike.
Recently, a customer sent me this helpful note regarding the seat foam:
Maybe helpful info concerning your blog entry:
“Cruzbike Quest: Flag? Seat Padding?”
On the Cruzbike forum at
“Silvio 2 seat”
There is a strong recommendation down near the bottom for Wondergel https://wondergel.com/ for about $100 – $130.
I added my 2 cents, $40 actually, for a wheelchair foam cushion, cut to fit, which works OK for me. Much better than the extreme torture, my experience anyway, of the standard Silvio seat cushion.
I got the wheelchair foam cushion from Robert Jacobson Surgical Pharmacy, across the street from Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, NY. A medical supply company like this has a wider selection than a regular pharmacy.
A Google search or Amazon search will show a lot to choose from too. I suppose that any one would do. There are a lot of gel cushions to avoid, because one needs to cut to a smaller diameter.
Have fun and stay healthy,
New York City Recumbent Supply
The Innovation Works, Inc.
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