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phthoruth
2007-02-02, 09:21 AM
The unicycle is one of the most primitive forms of transportation, dating back to cro-magnon man's stone wheel with pegs we've come to call the BC wheel.

In what is known as Iran today, spokes were invented, making the wheel lighter and stronger.

Egyptians advanced the horse drawn one wheel chariot, but it was overshadowed by the two chariot. Only the affluent and god-like balanced could ride the chariot with one hand for reins and one for sword. It is said some were made of solid gold, but were later pilaged and melted down.

The big breakthru came when the Greeks discovered iron. The Greek word uni-cycle was coined, and they'd ride them naked down mount Olympus. In war, the iron unicycle could be used as a weapon.

Rome banned the unicycle, and persecution and setbacks continued into the dark age of unicycling.

It would be the renaissance before the sport resurfaced in Germany, which invented muni. The design was much like the modern unicycle, but with solid tires and an unpadded leather seat. Yodeling came about from muni riders in the Alps.
Unicycle joisting became a way to settle disputes, and introduced armour.

James Stanley brought the idea into industrial England, but found the socialite market couldn’t ride easily enough, so he added a training wheel and the penny farthing was born.
By turn of the century, riders had dispensed with the training wheel, which is where the phase “you lost a wheel” comes from. Riders were known as the fastest humans on earth. This was the heyday of unicycling, and despite improved roads, unicycles were dangerous and many accidents occurred.

Once the car & airplane overtook unicycle for transcontinental travel, the unicycle returned to sport again, much like in the Greek days. Every 4 years, the worlds best riders compete at Unicon for national glory and a chance to win gold, in events like mountain unicycling, joisting, freestyle and unicycle tossing.

The.Mars.Volta
2007-02-02, 09:35 AM
is all that true cos thats cool.

phthoruth
2007-02-02, 09:51 AM
is all that true cos thats cool.

I'd like to think its unicycle mythology. Adding a smiley face would make it less credible. Just enjoying some creative writing...

Feel free to contribute historical details I missed.

The.Mars.Volta
2007-02-02, 10:03 AM
I'd like to think its unicycle mythology. Adding a smiley face would make it less credible. Just enjoying some creative writing...

Feel free to contribute historical details I missed.
ok but is that all researched or whatever or is it something you thought of.
kbye

phthoruth
2007-02-02, 10:21 AM
Just making it up as I go :-) Here's an example of how I thought this thread might go:

German joisters wore plate steal armour. It was heavy but prevented painful deaths. Once knocked off his unicycle, a joister required a winch to remount.
Todays KH armour is far lighter, using space age materials used by nasa moony riders.

martin.phillips
2007-02-02, 11:32 AM
It could be argued that the collapse in the use of the unicycle as a mode of transport for the masses was accelerated by two factors:


Victorian shock at ladies' exposing their ankles and even their knees when UPDing while riding side-saddle
The UK government becoming scared of mass hysteria caused by unicyclists travelling at previously unheard of speeds when padded cycle shorts were invented in Edwardian times. This led to the introduction of regulations requiring a man with a red flag to walk in front of every unicyclist.

JJuggle
2007-02-02, 12:22 PM
Just making it up as I go :-) Here's an example of how I thought this thread might go:

German joisters wore plate steal armour. It was heavy but prevented painful deaths. Once knocked off his unicycle, a joister required a winch to remount.
Todays KH armour is far lighter, using space age materials used by nasa moony riders.
I had absolutely no idea that unicycles had been used in the construction trades. Thanks for the education.

kington99
2007-02-02, 12:50 PM
I had absolutely no idea that unicycles had been used in the construction trades. Thanks for the education.


Lol, it's so funny that everything he's written fits with joisters as well as it would with jousters.

phthoruth
2007-02-02, 05:19 PM
I had absolutely no idea that unicycles had been used in the construction trades. Thanks for the education.

Darn, an inaccuracy. We should fix that in the unicyclopedia. But fill in more about unicycles in industry! Joisters must be the first to ride skinnies?

Spanish brought the unicycle to the Americas. They were very expensive. The Inca and Mayan people were keen on sports and trials briefly flourished. But unicycle fever combined with step pyramids contributed to their wipe out.

Theres some debate that Norwegians may have unicycled in New Brunswick in the 11th century, or Chinese may have crossed the Bering Strait during winter. Chinese claim invention of the unicycle more than 5000 years ago. The uni-fication of China resulted in everyone riding unicycles. Communist government replaced the single rider unicycle with bicycles that could take as many as 5 people on one bicycle. Today, of course, cars, but with opening up of China, a resurgence of unicycling is especially prevalent in the capital of Bejing. It’s a tents situation.

UniBrier
2007-02-02, 05:40 PM
an unpadded leather seat.It is a little known fact that these early leather seat covers could also be utilized as a Codpiece between rides. The side benefit being the leather remained warm and supple, reducing chaffing.

phthoruth
2007-02-02, 06:41 PM
Spoked BC wheel at the National Museum of Iran. More than 4000 years old.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e6/Wheel_Iran.jpg
Before the BC wheel was simply the wheel. But it wasnt until pegs were added that it became ridable, and considered the first in the evolution of unicycles.

Modern jousters recreating history. Safety standards have eliminated impaling deaths
http://www.unicyclejousting.com/images/unijoust.jpg

phthoruth
2008-07-23, 10:12 AM
In Russia 1847 a bear first did a 360 unispin
http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Unicycle-riding_bears

We still await the 540 and assert that humans are better at unicycling than bears.

GILD
2008-07-23, 11:44 AM
It would be the renaissance before the sport resurfaced in Germany, which invented muni.

G'eorge lu Peque, the famous French rider, may well dispute this fact.

Hazmat
2008-07-23, 12:53 PM
Apparently 1 million+ people unicycle in Japan. :eek:

Michaelgoround
2008-07-23, 01:53 PM
Could somone please inform me about The Cuban Unicyle Crisis?:confused:

Jethro
2008-07-23, 04:06 PM
Could somone please inform me about The Cuban Unicyle Crisis?:confused:

Not sure. Is that when Teddy Roosevelt rode his unicycle up San Juan Hill?

BillyTheMountain
2008-07-23, 04:10 PM
The big breakthru came when the Greeks discovered iron. The Greek word uni-cycle was coined, and they'd ride them naked down mount Olympus.

You probably know that, like the first Olympics, in the very first UNICON all competitors were naked, except for knee pads.

I'm kind of glad they changed that.

GILD
2008-07-24, 09:43 AM
Didn't the CIA try to poison Castro's unicycle seat or slip him some exploding 661's at one point?

Or was that the Bay of Trials?

BillyTheMountain
2008-07-24, 02:55 PM
and don't forget German re-Unification, when, after a long period when unicycling was banned, they attempted to restore Germany to its previous elite status in unicycling.

petad
2008-07-24, 03:39 PM
Apparently 1 million+ people unicycle in Japan. :eek:

I heard that unicycling is a regular part of Japanese gym class in school.

Hazmat
2008-07-25, 12:23 AM
I heard that unicycling is a regular part of Japanese gym class in school.
DAMN!!! Why couldn't that type of system be here. Especially when i was in school??? :(