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Old 2019-02-06, 01:54 PM   #16
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This is my current setup for muni, which I use for both my Oracle 26 and Hatchet. The KH T-bar is narrowed down to 9.5 cm wide, so I don't rub my thighs against it. There's a bar end on the left side only, and I adjust it so that the brake lever is in a good position relative to the bar end. The bar end protects the brake lever from impact. This setup is close to perfect as I have a great grip and can reach the brake lever without moving my hand. So far I've only tried it on snow, which require less hard braking. Compared to a standard plastic bumber I get much more control, especially when it comes to the fat Hatchet. The saddle is a QX Eleven which i find a little bit hard for long distance, but perfect for muni. I might get a new handlebar made by Jakob Flansberry later - can't wait to see that.
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Old 2019-02-06, 10:43 PM   #17
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Don't be afraid to mount your brake lever on the T-bar itself, so that you actuate it from the bar ends. Takes some getting used to but works fine.
I prefer to remove the t-bar and so protect it when doing off road or the rather rough local footpaths. That means having to re-mount the brake back under the seat, no small task. If brake is attached to the seat, just slide the t-bar off and good to go.
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Old 2019-02-06, 11:37 PM   #18
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The shaft from the seat post appears rather short, is there an option to get the bar further out?
Thereís a little adjustment left in the bars themselves so I could extend them a couple more centimetres or you could mount the whole assembly on the seat post closer to the seat to get a little more length but thatís about it.
Iíve sat on the Muni in the house and set it up in a rough position that felt OK but assume I have lots of playing ahead of me to experiment with position.

The cross bar on this set up is 90mm so it will be interesting to see if this is going to rub on my inner thighs, whether there is an optimum position to avoid this and, lastly, if I care. Hopefully Iíll get out in the next day or two to try it out.
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Old 2019-02-07, 10:26 PM   #19
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I prefer to remove the t-bar and so protect it when doing off road or the rather rough local footpaths. That means having to re-mount the brake back under the seat, no small task. If brake is attached to the seat, just slide the t-bar off and good to go.
Fair enough, although using a bar during muni is pretty fun!
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Old 2019-02-08, 05:15 AM   #20
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Gotta show my upright stance bars with a starfighter brake within both middle finger's reach.
When I put a light on for night riding I can rotate the brake lever to one side so the starfighter doesn't cause a shadow.

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Old 2019-02-10, 10:08 PM   #21
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Finally got out today to try the new handle bars...man-alive that was weird!
First of all, while adding the handle I must have re-fitted the seat half a centimetre higher. I just couldnít mount and get going. Eventually I removed the handle, realised the height change and fixed that first.
With the handle back on I realised that it was putting me off mounting and I had to look up and mount using the seat handle as normal to get over that. The 90mm cross bar does rub against my inner thighs but not badly and the only time I felt it was a bit weird was while twisting in the seat to make tight turns. I did catch the leg of my baggy mountain bike shorts on it a few times while trying different positions!
I tried quite a lot of positions from low and long to high and close realising that it got in the way of using the handle on the seat for mounting if too high/close. With it out at a distance I had a couple of close calls when I realised I was leaning on it and sending myself over the front

Every change on a uni seems to require a bit of brain retraining but I was surprised how off-putting this was. In the end I had to keep trying different positions until I felt more positive about it otherwise I knew it would just put me off going out again. I think Iíve found a position that works and allows me to use the handle to aid my riding but I can see this is going to take a few rides to get comfortable with it. I did get some photos of the final (maybe) position but Iím off to Lisbon for a week with work so Iíll post pictures and more updates when I get back next weekend.
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Old 2019-02-11, 01:56 AM   #22
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Finally got out today to try the new handle bars...man-alive that was weird!
Did you get the QuAx handle? Be patient. I have spent a lot of time adjusting handle setups, and so will you. When I first used handles, I also mounted using your technique of grabbing the plastic seat-handle. Over time, I started grabbing the handle setup instead. At a certain point, I removed the grab handle, allowing me to setup my bars closer to the seat.

Your primary concern right now is safety (yours and the handle's). Can you UPD off the front and catch the handle behind you? If you are planning on dropping the unicycle a lot, I suggest you work on mounts on grass/dirt and/or install some kind of foam/rubber on your handle to soften the blow. I use lacrosse bumpers on my bar extensions. Not sure what the option is for the QuAx handle.
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Old 2019-02-13, 06:52 AM   #23
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With it out at a distance I had a couple of close calls when I realised I was leaning on it and sending myself over the front
The first uni I tried with handle bars was the 36" and there I also noticed at first I was leaning too much to the front and tumbled off a few times, but after a few runs you feel the new center and it becomes very comfortable. I don't put a T-Bar on my 29" as I mostly use it to ride off-road where the chance of UPD is much bigger. I might however try the QuAx again - my legs have long since healed from the one trip rubbing. Hopefully I still have all the parts.
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Old 2019-02-13, 08:33 AM   #24
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I don't put a T-Bar on my 29" as I mostly use it to ride off-road where the chance of UPD is much bigger.
A few months ago I borrowed a 26 muni from a friend. It had a really short and narrow KH handlebar, and it was an eye opener for me. Much better control, easier to use the brake, and no problems with UPD's (no more than usual anyway). I now put handle bars on every unicycle.
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A few months ago I borrowed a 26 muni from a friend. It had a really short and narrow KH handlebar, and it was an eye opener for me. Much better control, easier to use the brake, and no problems with UPD's (no more than usual anyway). I now put handle bars on every unicycle.
When it is a very bumpy road I tend to stand more on the pedals. In that case a handle bar won't be used, but sure if there are longer stretches or flat road, a handle bar will be more comfy. Do you also hold on to the handle bar when making a 90 degree turn?
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Old 2019-02-13, 03:03 PM   #26
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When it is a very bumpy road I tend to stand more on the pedals. In that case a handle bar won't be used, but sure if there are longer stretches or flat road, a handle bar will be more comfy. Do you also hold on to the handle bar when making a 90 degree turn?
Handlebars become more advantageous the larger the wheel/shorter the cranks.
On the 32 I ride the handlebars are definitely used during bumpy sections. If the tire gets behind you for any reason, you can give a quick jerk up on the bars to snatch that wheel back where it should be!

I do not use them for 90's
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Old 2019-02-13, 03:36 PM   #27
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When it is a very bumpy road I tend to stand more on the pedals. In that case a handle bar won't be used, but sure if there are longer stretches or flat road, a handle bar will be more comfy. Do you also hold on to the handle bar when making a 90 degree turn?
I use it for technical muni. I've removed the plastic bumber, so there is nothing else to hold on to (photo on top of this page). The plastic bumper may be better for your back though. For long distance I use a regular extended handlebar.
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Old 2019-02-14, 02:48 AM   #28
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I'll echo the statement that handlebars are very useful for enhancing stability.

If I stopped and wanted to jump 90deg I would use both hands on the bars and lean and jump. If I was rolling I would use both hands.
You do still sometimes let go with one hand if your weighting is way out to lunch and you need to be harsh like a bull rider to bring it back to correct.

But if your weighting is close then two hands will bring it back with some smooth style. This is much more efficient and a provides a "flowy" feel.

You think one hand provides you some stability, wait till you try two!

(As well, a KH T-bar allows you to use one hand on the horizontal bar between the handles if you so choose.)
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