1985 Schwinn conversion to Offroad: possible?

All,

I just started learning in December on my large adult trainer from unicycle.com with miyata seat.

However, I also have an old Schwinn unicycle that was bought for me in 1985, that I only barely touched at that time. It is in perfect shape. As far as I can tell, it is the 1985 model.

Is it tough enough (frame, rim, hub, cranks, etc), and are modern parts interchangeable enough, to convert it to a “newbie” offroad cycle?? I just don’t know much about the various cycles and parts yet.

Also, it has some kinda weird seat attachment involving only 2 fixed positions, and bolts and holes … I can’t quite remember. I wish I had taken a picture. I guess this gives me an excuse to grab out the digital camera and snap a few sometime soon.

If you have any advice, let me know. If you need pictures to be able to help, give me a day or so and I’ll post them.

Lewis

Lewis,
If it was mine, and in good shape, I would leave it alone. You
can’t buy them anymore.

One of the people I ride with has a blue Schwinn 24". It was stock when
he started out, but he trashed the rim by hopping it. He weighs about
190lbs or so, I would guess. I was there when he bent the rim, and it
didn’t take much. He just hopped about 4" straight up, the first hop kind
of flattening the rim where it contacted the ground, and the second one
tweaking it to the side. He got it trued as straight as it would go,
which still left a wobble in it, and rode it for one more group outing.
Now he has a 24" BMX rim laced up to it with some of those plastic
platform-style pedals with the pins in them to help hold your feet. He
hops up and rides down stairs, hops curbs, does minor drops, and has had
no problems yet.
Another thing I’d like to mention, one of the group regulars just got a
United trials uni with a Suzue hub and Lasco cranks. He weighs about
150, and has been doing steps, big hills, and decent-sized drops. His hub
has already gotten bent, and he is sending his uni to unicycle.com to have
a Profile hub installed on it. Another one of my riding buddies did
manage to bend the Lasco cranks on his Pashley 26" MUni from hopping and
doing drops.

So, there’s what I know about the situation. I hope you find it useful.

John

Animation wrote:

> All,
>
> I just started learning in December on my large adult trainer
> from unicycle.com with miyata seat.
>
> However, I also have an old
> Schwinn unicycle that was bought for me in 1985, that I only barely
> touched at that time. It is in perfect shape. As far as I can tell, it
> is the 1985 model.
>
> Is it tough enough (frame, rim, hub, cranks,
> etc), and are modern parts interchangeable enough, to convert it to a
> “newbie” offroad cycle?? I just don’t know much about the various
> cycles and parts yet.
>
> Also, it has some kinda weird seat attachment
> involving only 2 fixed positions, and bolts and holes … I can’t
> quite remember. I wish I had taken a picture. I guess this gives me an
> excuse to grab out the digital camera and snap a few sometime soon.
> If you have any advice, let me know. If you need pictures to be able
> to help, give me a day or so and I’ll post them.
>
> Lewis
>
> –
> Animation
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Hi,

Well, I weigh 240 lbs so I guess that is right out then. :slight_smile: Maybe I should just get a really nice street tire and use it as an alternative cycle for street cruising then?

Hmm.

all you have to do is get a new wheel set from unicycle.com
-David Kaplan

I’ve already bent the rim and broke one spoke on my 26" Semcycle. I
figure I need good hardware to do any hops and drops. I’ll be putting a
stronger rim on it soon, and using it for street riding longer
distances. I did put a Sun Rhyno Lite on my 20" , and it’s still
holding up well. I didn’t do something right though, when I laced it
up, because the spokes still creak a litte. I had to lace it myself
because I was in a hurry, or I would have had it done professionally.
It’s still straight, though.

John

Animation wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Well, I weigh 240 lbs so I guess that is right out then.
> Maybe I should just get a really nice street tire and use it as an
> alternative cycle for street cruising then?
>
> Hmm.
>
> –
> Animation
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or better yet, just ride the craziest trails you find until you really need
that new wheel

> all you have to do is get a new wheel set from unicycle.com
> -David
> Kaplan
>
>
>
>
> –
> UniDak
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Yes. Nothing like broken parts to justify spending more money. :slight_smile:

John

Jeff Lutkus wrote:

> or better yet, just ride the craziest trails you find until you really need
> that new wheel
>
> > all you have to do is get a new wheel set from unicycle.com
> > -David
> > Kaplan
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > –
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