24" new schwinns

I was at the bike shop here in Cincinnati and I saw they had a 24 inch Schwinn
uni on display. It turns out that they have about 6 or 7 in storage, too.

So it seems that there are some new Schwinns out there if you ask around, even
though they have not been in production for a number of years.

Cost: ~ $140 not cheap but it looks very well made.

Maybe we can get a quantity discount. Anyone interested?


– Dirk Iwema Cincinnati, Ohio USA Internet: iwema_dirk@ae.ge.com

RE: 24" new schwinns

The Schwinns are definitely tough to beat for comfort and reliability. I
especially love the seat, although it tends to rip up in a hurry when it bounces
on the asphalt. Back in the days of my youth, before the earth’s crust cooled,
my gymnastics/unicycle coach devised a “safety belt” of sorts to keep our team’s
unicycle seats in pristine condition: soft nylon strap around the waist with
lots of slack in front of tummy, loop goes under the back of the seat with just
enough slack that you’re not aware that it’s there while you’re riding. When you
fall, your hands are free to break YOUR fall; the loop beneath the seat is
sufficient to keep the unicycle with you. I’ve had my current uni since 1968,
and the seat is still in great shape. The chrome could sure use some serious
work, though . . .

What I’d also love to get my hands on would be one of those old Schwinn unicycle
tires (they actually said “UNICYCLE” on the sidewall), which ran at about 65 PSI
and had about a 1-cm smooth stripe to run on (no “knobbies”). Sure made turning
and spinning a whole lot easier! Anybody seen those around lately?

 Paul Goodrich
 psgoodrich@bpa.gov

From: bkonarsk To: unicycling Subject: 24" new schwinns Date: Wednesday,
November 16, 1994 12:00

I was at the bike shop here in Cincinnati and I saw they had a 24 inch Schwinn
uni on display. It turns out that they have about 6 or 7 in storage, too.

So it seems that there are some new Schwinns out there if you ask around, even
though they have not been in production for a number of years.

Cost: ~ $140 not cheap but it looks very well made.

Maybe we can get a quantity discount. Anyone interested?


– Dirk Iwema Cincinnati, Ohio USA Internet: iwema_dirk@ae.ge.com

Re: 24" new schwinns

$140 is a very good price compared to what I’ve seen in the past.

                                       Derrick

RE: 24" new schwinns

>
>The Schwinns are definitely tough to beat for comfort and reliability. I
>especially love the seat, although it tends to rip up in a hurry when it
>bounces on the asphalt. Back in the days of my youth, before the earth’s crust
>cooled, my gymnastics/unicycle coach devised a “safety belt” of sorts

My Schwinn unicycle must be from the ‘post-cooled crust’ days, as it has a hard
white plastic ‘bumper’ on front and back of the seat. I’m guessing the treasure
trove that Dirk Iwema found in Cincinatti are of the later version. (assuming
that’s standard, I did buy mine second-hand after all).

OTOH, it is nice to know that a unicycle will last that long…

/

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Re: 24" new schwinns

I just ordered some stuff from Tom Miller at the Unicycling Factory a couple of
weeks ago.

I have an old 24" Schwinn and was looking for a new tire. He said he had
something like 50 of the original UNICYCLE tires left. I think he said they were
$12. I decided to get a different tire which was $10 and 24 x 1 3/4 which would
also fit my rim. I got it becasue it was a white wall. The Schwinn S-7 24 x 1
3/4 tires of any sort are diffucult to find. The UNICYCLE tire is rated to 60psi
and the white wall I got is rated to 45psi. Tom said to go ahead and pump it up
to 60psi. He didn’t think there was really any difference in the tire which made
it a special UNICYCLE tire.

I also had one of the old style Schwinn seats with the vinyl cover which was all
torn up. I replaced the entire seat with the newer style Schwinn seat which has
the plastic bumpers on front and back. This new seat was all black and cost $25.
He also said he had blue ones.

I only paid $50 for the used unicycle in January and have already put that much
into it for tire, seat and new pedals, but that is OK, I am having a great time
learning and riding it.

Andy Arhelger

RE: 24" new schwinns

>The tire on my Schwinn says “UNICYCLE” on it. Makes me wonder if there’s
>anything else about that it specific to unicycles. It’s time I found out,
>because the tire is on it’s last leg. The months I spent learning how to ride,
>and mounting poorly all the while, have taken their toll. It used to have
>“knobbies”, and still has traces of some on most of the tire, but in one spot
>it’s worn clean through the happy blue tread, down to the string-belted
>underbelly.

In case Seth hasn’t already found out, and for anyone else in this situation, if
the threads are showing, it’s too late to rotate your tire. Even if you do, it
has very little life left. The time to do it is when you FIRST notice one part
of the tire starting to get bald. Otherwise, when a worn down tire goes, the
tube usually goes too, and it costs more (as well as leaving you stranded).

>How much should I expect to pay for a new tire? Do I need anything special, or
>can I just get a bicycle tire that fits?

Any tire of the same diameter and width (1.75, not 1 3/4) should fit. If you
want the same tire, you may still be able to order one through your Schwinn
dealer. If not, try Tom Miller at the Unicycle Factory (317) 452-2692.

John Foss, President International Unicycling Federation unifoss@cerfnet.com

Re: 24" new schwinns

>
> What I’d also love to get my hands on would be one of those old Schwinn
> unicycle tires (they actually said “UNICYCLE” on the sidewall), which ran
> at about 65 PSI and had about a 1-cm smooth stripe to run on (no
> “knobbies”). Sure made turning and spinning a whole lot easier! Anybody
> seen those around lately?

I bought a few earlier this year from Tom Miller at the Unicycle Factory. He is
good about buying out the remaining stock of discontinued unicycle parts. I
don’t know if he has any more, but it is worth checking. BTW, he also sells
replacement seat covers for the old style Schwinn seat and replacement bumpers
for the new kind.

Beirne

RE: 24" new schwinns

“Goodrich, Paul - TEB” <psgoodrich@bpa.gov> (PG) writes:

PG> What I’d also love to get my hands on would be one of those old Schwinn
PG> unicycle tires (they actually said “UNICYCLE” on the sidewall), which ran at
PG> about 65 PSI and had about a 1-cm smooth stripe to run on (no “knobbies”).
PG> Sure made turning and spinning a whole lot easier! Anybody seen those around
PG> lately?

The tire on my Schwinn says “UNICYCLE” on it. Makes me wonder if there’s
anything else about that it specific to unicycles. It’s time I found out,
because the tire is on it’s last leg. The months I spent learning how to ride,
and mounting poorly all the while, have taken their toll. It used to have
“knobbies”, and still has traces of some on most of the tire, but in one spot
it’s worn clean through the happy blue tread, down to the string-belted
underbelly.

Part of me cries “Just rotate the tire and wear out a different spot!”, but
while that might have been a good approach a month ago, I think I’m probably
safer with a new tire before I puncture the tube.

How much should I expect to pay for a new tire? Do I need anything special, or
can I just get a bicycle tire that fits?

O A friend of mine saw me riding and |/ yelled out, “Nice set of wheel!” /
| /I\ \h/ Riding on pins and needles, U -Seth

RE: 24" new schwinns

John Foss writes:

>Any tire of the same diameter and width (1.75, not 1 3/4) should fit.

Incidentally, Schwinn’s 1 3/4" rim is about 1/2" in diameter larger than a
corresponding 1.75" rim, so a 1.75" tire will not fit on a 1 3/4" rim or visa
versa. Also, 1.75" is an industry standard rim width. As far I know, 1 3/4"
width rim was only used on Schwinn cycles.

The old style Schwinns came a 1 3/4" rim and require a 1 3/4" tire.

Do the new style Schwinns come with a 1.75" width rim?

Stay on Top,

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com

Re: 24" new schwinns

>> John Foss writes:
>>
>> >Any tire of the same diameter and width (1.75, not 1 3/4) should fit.
>
> Ken Fuchs writes:
>
> Incidentally, Schwinn’s 1 3/4" rim is about 1/2" in diameter larger than a
> corresponding 1.75" rim, so a 1.75" tire will not fit on a 1 3/4" rim or visa
> versa. Also, 1.75" is an industry standard rim width. As far I know, 1 3/4"
> width rim was only used on Schwinn cycles.
>
> The old style Schwinns came a 1 3/4" rim and require a 1 3/4" tire.
>
> Do the new style Schwinns come with a 1.75" width rim?

I don’t know the answer to the last question, but the following thoughts might
be of some general interest:

I recently bought a well-used Schwinn which had its rim replaced with a
lightweight (red!) aluminum rim. Whoever installed it didn’t know how to tension
the spokes, so I had to learn. This process is described in any number of books
one can find in the bicycle department at the used book store. (I found several
in Berkeley).

On my first attempt, I was able to completely correct out-of-roundness,
side-to-side wobble, and overall tension level. The uni rides like a different
machine now. But the point really is, if anyone has a non- standard rim, or just
wants a newer, lighter, shinier, hipper, cooler, more swoofty rim, lacing a
wheel is something most anyone can do. And if you don’t want to yourself, bike
shops do it all the time for not too many bucks.

And by the way, provided your fork has enough room, you can put on a different
diameter rim, as long as it has the same number of spoke holes as your hub.
(whirr, whirr, hmmm …)

>> Mark

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Re: 24" new schwinns

Ken Fuchs wrote:
>
> The old style Schwinns came a 1 3/4" rim and require a 1 3/4" tire.
>
> Do the new style Schwinns come with a 1.75" width rim?

Yes, they do. Several of the people in Gonzo Unicycle Madness at HMC have the
blue (new style) Schwinns, and it’s a bit of a status symbol to have a
standard 1.75" bike tire on your uni, since it means that you’ve done enough
riding and Stupid Uni Tricks ™ that you’ve worn through your blue tire.
Most people replace their old tires with regular bike tires, and they seem to
work pretty well.

A question off topic: Does the Unicycle Factory have the white pedals that come
on the new style 24" Schwinns? We’ve checked at local Schwinn dealerships (and I
think even with Schwinn themselves), and they have no idea where the pedals come
from, and don’t stock them. I prefer the white pedals to the ones on the old
style Schwinns-- I think they have a nicer feel to them.

Jennie jhango@osiris.ac.hmc.edu