Unicyclist Community

Go Back   Unicyclist Community > Unicycling Discussion > Unicycle Product Reviews

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 2018-12-04, 08:10 PM   #1
gwymer
Unicyclist
 
gwymer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 54
Ultimate Wheel Build

So, every year at STOMP Munifest I mess around in a open field with one of the ultimate wheels someone has brought along. Then after STOMP I rush to unicycle.com because I have to have one. Then I see the price, and another year goes by. I just can't pay that much for something I am not even sure I can ride or if it will be something I use or just look at in a closet.

So, this year, I start wondering about making one. Thanks to UNIGEEZER, there are options out there. So, I grab an old 26 aluminum mountain rim and start cutting spokes. I get a pair of old cranks and cut them down and find some really strong large fender washers, and with the help of some sharpies, I even make the cheaper plywood I got look pretty good.

I thought I would share my saga, for several reasons. First, others might want to see if $30 is a way they want to try themselves with an ultimate wheel before investing in a light professionally made one. Second, and most importantly, it will help to keep me focused on learning and adapting as I continue this adventure.

Stay tuned....more to come.....
Attached Images
  
gwymer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2018-12-07, 06:14 AM   #2
jtrops
Unicyclist
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Age: 51
Posts: 2,299
Nice build! It’s cool to see that the pedal mounts I came up with are still useful.
__________________
"A properly ridden unicycle is like an object in orbit: constantly falling but never landing." -Diogenes
jtrops is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2018-12-07, 11:38 PM   #3
MuniAddict
UniGeezer - Not "2" Tired
 
MuniAddict's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Age: 63
Posts: 14,627
Looks great!
__________________
Happy Birthday Terry! Every year you get cooler, younger and unicyclier!
Be our muniprohpet for many years more.
-Dani Buron


Website
Videos
Facebook
MuniAddict is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2018-12-23, 01:09 AM   #4
gwymer
Unicyclist
 
gwymer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 54
Update 1

Finally a slower day and better weather. So, I headed out to find a good fence or handrail--preferably with a smooth slightly downhill slope. Then time to tire myself out straining many muscles trying to find balance.

It was a pretty successful first day attempt. I was able to make up to 3 full revolutions while holding onto the hand rail. When teaching people to first ride the unicycle, anyone who can make full revolutions on their first day out, I am pretty satisfied.

With Christmas only days away and more rain in the forecast, not sure how much more practice I will get "this year". I will keep track of total number of days practice till I can "ride" it though. Gaps, I know, will slow the progress.

Here are 2 pics--one with me practicing just balancing on it and the other was taken while moving "forward"--I use that term loosely!

(After 20 minutes of saving and spinning and re-saving--NO CLUE why they are coming through sideways???)
Attached Images
  
gwymer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2018-12-24, 12:02 AM   #5
jtrops
Unicyclist
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Age: 51
Posts: 2,299
Nice Work! I should get out on mine too. How is the leg rub?

When I got a set of inline hockey knee/shin pads with plastic that wraps around the side of the leg it made my learning progress much faster.
__________________
"A properly ridden unicycle is like an object in orbit: constantly falling but never landing." -Diogenes
jtrops is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2018-12-24, 07:29 PM   #6
gwymer
Unicyclist
 
gwymer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 54
The KH leg armor works great if you spin the slick section inward. I am definitely going to have to get another tire, though. The knobby mountain one was what I had on the rim. The knobs love to try and grab the armor. It does look good though with the mountain tire. Working at a bike shop, I should have no problem getting someone's cast off-slick. That would make learning easier.

Curious what size your's is? Also, do you find more air or less air makes it easier to learn with? The online comments I have read say that learning on a larger wheel is easier. This is a 26. Looking ahead, I am worried that the biggest one I can find to buy is a 24". Up side though, an aluminum one would have to be much much lighter than the tank I built :-)
gwymer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2018-12-26, 07:08 AM   #7
LargeEddie
Measure once, trim to fit
 
LargeEddie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Greensboro, NC
Age: 58
Posts: 1,492
Quote:
Originally Posted by gwymer View Post
(After 20 minutes of saving and spinning and re-saving--NO CLUE why they are coming through sideways???)
I went through the same thing a while ago and the memory's a bit vague at this point but I think it was that a picture taken in "portrait" orientation was saved by the phone just as you see it, with a tag attached instructing the viewing software to rotate it by 90°. The problem was that while many browsers do what the tag says to with the image, others--such as Firefox, which I use--ignore it the tag.

The fix was to open the file in GIMP or some editing program like that and actually rotate the image to the correct orientation then re-save it. HTH and good luck with the ultimate wheel! One of these days maybe I'll get around to trying that.
LargeEddie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2018-12-29, 10:01 PM   #8
gwymer
Unicyclist
 
gwymer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 54
Day 2

Ok, We rode Muni this morning (7.5 miles) on a wet pretty technical trail, but since I still had good weather (finally) I had to get in some more practice on the Ultimate this afternoon. -about 45 minutes (then I was pretty worn and regressing)

Few things:
-Learned that if you can't keep it exactly straight, lean the top of the wheel towards the opposite side of the foot that is coming over the top of the revolution. Then you are coming up on the side it hits and so because it is lower on your leg, it doesn't grab you. (hope that makes sense?)
-Was able to do most of my practicing holding on with only one hand today.
-1st day my best was 3 revolutions in a row. Day 2, I set out to make it all the way down the rail (see pic) without stopping. Didn't make that--about 2/3rds of the way. Still much improved.

Overall, having taught many people to ride unicycle, I see now in myself about the same progress I hope for in those I teach. That is VERY EXCITING!!
I really think this is doable, and like unicycling, in 1-2 weeks (if I can get enough practicing in.)
Attached Images
 
gwymer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2019-04-04, 11:32 AM   #9
Eric aus Chemnitz
Landesvertreter Sachsen im EVD
 
Eric aus Chemnitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Chemnitz, Sachsen
Age: 33
Posts: 2,553
Quote:
Originally Posted by gwymer View Post
... I get a pair of old cranks and cut them down and find some really strong large fender washers...
Are the cranks only held in place by one of the three screws or are they kind of clamped between pedal and crank?
__________________
Einradfahren in Sachsen:
einradsachsen.com
f/EinradSachsen
02.06.2019: Europamarathon
Eric aus Chemnitz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2019-04-04, 11:46 PM   #10
gwymer
Unicyclist
 
gwymer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 54
I used a Dremel tool to notch the plywood so the crank fit inside snugly and flush to the front. It did not go all the way through. You are right, only 1 of the bolts goes through the crank. There is a large fender washer on both sides of the plywood sandwiching the crank and the other 2 bolts help pinch the washers together and keep them from shifting. They are only 1/4 inch diameter bolts. Has been very strong so far. I had to do it that way since I checked several places and could not find a reverse threaded nut or even one right hand threaded that had the same thread count as the pedals. Friend had old cranks and they are aluminum so they weren't hard to cut.
gwymer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2019-04-05, 02:40 AM   #11
jtrops
Unicyclist
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Age: 51
Posts: 2,299
Quote:
Originally Posted by gwymer View Post
I used a Dremel tool to notch the plywood so the crank fit inside snugly and flush to the front. It did not go all the way through. You are right, only 1 of the bolts goes through the crank. There is a large fender washer on both sides of the plywood sandwiching the crank and the other 2 bolts help pinch the washers together and keep them from shifting. They are only 1/4 inch diameter bolts. Has been very strong so far. I had to do it that way since I checked several places and could not find a reverse threaded nut or even one right hand threaded that had the same thread count as the pedals. Friend had old cranks and they are aluminum so they weren't hard to cut.
9/16” nuts are hard to find in reverse thread. If you use 1/2” pedals the nuts are easy to find at the hardware store. I had this idea for pedal mounts when I stumbled across 1/2x20 left nuts at the local Ace. With tee nuts, and fender washers I don’t think I spent more than a few dollars on all of the hardware for both pedals. I already had the pedals in my parts bin (it’s a popular BMX size).
__________________
"A properly ridden unicycle is like an object in orbit: constantly falling but never landing." -Diogenes
jtrops is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2019-05-17, 03:29 AM   #12
gwymer
Unicyclist
 
gwymer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 54
Day 7 & 8

Well, the original post was to hold me accountable--and following the time frame--it hasn't done the best job. I am still determined and according to pure days of practice, I am still poised to be basically riding by 2 weeks of "practicing".

Day 7 & 8 still saw huge gains. Biggest thought:

If it has been a LONG time since you learned to ride a unicycle and you are teaching others--I STRONGLY suggest trying an ultimate wheel. It is VERY much like starting over and feeling what new unicyclists are feeling.

Examples: Day 7 saw little gains from letting go of the rail some but on day 8 I had the epiphany of what I do with new riders--if you don't leave the rail, you will stop seeing large improvements.
Day 8--started with only 3 sections left of the fence--then the open parking lot. Learned much faster how to keep up longer with no rail. I also discovered as I know with new unicyclists--you are so focused on NOT falling, you have NO concept of directionality/steering in a particular direction--I veer heavy right.

By the end of Day 8 though I had two times where I made it 50-60 feet (20+ revolutions) without the rail though--HUGE improvement. Now, the insides of my legs are raw, but still massive steps forward. I even ended up gathering quite an audience of strangers cheering me on!!

So close to having it down. No weather excuses and about to be out for the summer, so more time--running out of excuses not to just GET THIS DOWN!!
gwymer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
build, ultimate, wheel


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[Wanted North America] Ultimate wheel. OR Unicycle with 28-29" Wheel, dont need high end FreeFlyFreak Trading Post 0 2010-12-06 12:41 AM
Not sure I got wheel build right ezas General Unicycling Discussions 30 2010-08-11 07:59 AM
The Viz Rim and my Ultimate Build uniaddict Unicycle Product Reviews 52 2009-02-20 09:30 AM
How NOT to build a wheel mike.hinson General Unicycling Discussions 5 2004-03-06 11:30 PM
how to build a wheel ? tandys General Unicycling Discussions 2 2001-05-07 10:58 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2001-2016 Gilby
Page generated in 0.08600 seconds with 12 queries