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Old 2018-12-04, 08:10 PM   #1
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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.....
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Old 2018-12-07, 06:14 AM   #2
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Nice build! It’s cool to see that the pedal mounts I came up with are still useful.
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Old 2018-12-07, 11:38 PM   #3
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Looks great!
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Old 2018-12-23, 01:09 AM   #4
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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???)
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Old 2018-12-24, 12:02 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 2018-12-24, 07:29 PM   #6
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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 :-)
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Old 2018-12-26, 07:08 AM   #7
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(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.
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Old 2018-12-29, 10:01 PM   #8
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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.)
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