A Checkered Cab Unicycle!

Ok, so I admit it. One reason I like to ride my uni is for the attention that I get on the street when I ride. A few months ago, I had the urge to do something different with the Uni. Not being satisfied with the current stares my unicycle drew, I decided to paint it. I live in New York, and yellow taxi cabs are a very common sight. There is also a motorcycle displayed outside the Harly Davidson cafe painted like a vintage checkered cab. This got me thinking. If there are taxis with 4 wheels and one with 2 wheels, there should be at least one taxi with 1 wheel. About 2 days, a lot of work, and a can of spraypaint later, the (?first?) checkered cab unicycle was born.
Am I alone in my unicycle decorating, or are there others who put designs, doodles, or other decoration on their unis? I’m interested to hear what creations have been dreamed up.

-David Kaplan
P.S. It was successful in getting more attention. I get atleast twice the amount of comments as i had gotten before.

To qualify as a taxi you would surely need to carry passengers - where do
you put them? :wink:

Arnold the Aardvark

British Unicycle Convention 9: Kidderminster, 19-21 April 2002

> wheel. About 2 days, a lot of work, and a can of spraypaint later, the
> (?first?) checkered cab unicycle was born. Am I alone in my unicycle

How many passengers does it carry/how much is the fare? :slight_smile:

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com www.unicycling.com

“Freedom is not free”

> About 2 days, a lot of work, and a can of spraypaint later, the
> (?first?) checkered cab unicycle was born.

Sounds cool, how about a picture?

xADF

“Arnold the Aardvark” <aardvark@NOTTHIStubulidentata.demon.co.uk> wrote in
message news:1003272298.3124.0.nnrp-10.c1edbd31@news.demon.co.uk
> To qualify as a taxi you would surely need to carry passengers - where
> do you put them?

On his shoulders of course.

I’ve never seen this in person but I saw it on TV once. I think it
featured on It’ll Be Alright On The Night.

The (female) presenter thought, it seems, that she was going to learn how
to ride. The unicyclist, standing a little way behind her, told her to
hold the unicycle in her left hand and to have her legs about 2 ft apart
(or something). Then he ran underneath her and lifted her up on his
shoulders, grabbing the unicycle. To the amusement of everybody he
mounted, idled, turned to face the camera and nearly one-foot idled before
suddenly deciding to dismount. All the time telling her “arms out”,
“smile”, “look professional”, etc.

I don’t suppost that unicyclist was anybody here?

xADF

“Andrew Feldhaus” <Reply@Thread.pls> wrote in message
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> On his shoulders of course.

I’ve seen Roger carry a child in this way on his Coker, but was too slow
with my camera to catch it. I was impressed.

Arnold the Aardvark

I used to carry my children (before they became adults) on my shoulders while riding. They were somehow much more delighted than their mother about this. I must confess, though, my wife was tolerant as she cringed. No mishaps I’m glad to report.

> The unicyclist, standing a little way behind her, told her to hold the
> unicycle in her left hand and to have her legs about 2 ft apart (or
> something). Then he ran underneath her and lifted her up on his
> shoulders, grabbing the unicycle. To the amusement of everybody he
> mounted, idled, turned to face the camera and nearly one-foot idled
> before suddenly deciding to dismount. All the time telling her "arms
> out", “smile”, “look professional”, etc.
>
> I don’t suppost that unicyclist was anybody here?

Very few of us here on the ng are professional performers, and I’d guess
even fewer full-time circus-type people. There are thousands of
unicyclists in that industry who could do the above at the drop of a hat,
even though they might not be unicycle performers. They just don’t bother
with our ng because it’s a job for them, instead of a hobby.

Stay on top,

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone (used to do it for a living)

If you’re able to, post some pictures!! (i.e. put 'em on a page and link
to this ng). Seeing your efforts woulc be inspiring to other
would-be-decoraters!

I reckon a car steering wheel as a prop would be a good look when riding
this checkered cab uni. Do yello cab drivers wear uniforms in NY?

I personally wouldn’t want to carry any passengers, but on-the-shoulders
is apparently not too impossible!!

Sem and Theresa Abrahams do this (and more acrobatic stuff) routinely.
Lately, they gave an informal show at our Uni club. I have some pics and
video clips of that which I plan to put up on the www. Will publish the
URL when done.

Klaas Bil On Wed, 17 Oct 2001 10:11:51 +0100, “Andrew Feldhaus”
<Reply@Thread.pls> wrote:

>
>“Arnold the Aardvark” <aardvark@NOTTHIStubulidentata.demon.co.uk> wrote
>in message news:1003272298.3124.0.nnrp-10.c1edbd31@news.demon.co.uk
>> To qualify as a taxi you would surely need to carry passengers - where
>> do you put them?
>
>On his shoulders of course.
>
>I’ve never seen this in person but I saw it on TV once. I think it
>featured on It’ll Be Alright On The Night.


“To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been picked
automagically from a database:” “bomb, Sudan, Bagdad”

I made my unicycle look like a police bike :smiley: :stuck_out_tongue:

Decorations in general

I have a question about DECORATIONS in general. Is the p a i n t safe on the metal/ chrome of the frame? Can you paint the seat also? What paint is recommended? I am thinking about DECORATING my unicycle and I want to know a little more information about it before I make a mistake. Thanks for your help!

Any paint that is not corrosive is ok to use on a Unicycle, but if you want the color to last, DONT use spraypaint like I did! it chips off… not too easily, but after a while and some abuse, the uni just doesnt look as good. My girlfriend had put a celtic design on her uni, and i think she used some kind of “rubbery” paint. She then covered it with some clear nailpolish stuff that is hard as rock. The design is still perfect! This method would only work for small areas though. Below is a link to my Uni pictures. Due to popular demand, i have included a pic of my taxi-uni next to the taxi-Harley. I will try to get a pic of my girlfriend’s uni designs up soon. The taxi is in the “Unicycle Pics” folder.
-David Kaplan

Here is the link to my pictures: http://briefcase.yahoo.com/jfatsmokes

I enjoy modding out my car, and recently got into unicycling. I’m going to get my Uni to match my car (color, maybe chrome wheel) and take it to car shows with me.

even though this thread over a mouth old, your car is so tight man , what kind of watts do you have itn there?

is that a golf corse in the background???

>I enjoy modding out my car, and recently got into unicycling. I’m going
>to get my Uni to match my car (color, maybe chrome wheel) and take it to
>car shows with me.
>

Yes, a great idea! You’ll surely get someone interested in unicycling.
Unicycling, compared to “carmodding”, is both healthier, cheaper and
environment friendly :slight_smile:

To make it a real hit, you should try fixing the uni wheel to look like
your great wheelsides, is this what you mean by chrome wheel? I bet that
would make your matched pair a much photographed “collection” on the car
shows… (A such pattern mounted on top of a normal spoked wheel might be
the easiest way to go if it’s supposed to hold up?)

However, I don’t think your old (present?) tiny weeny 16" uni can ever
look that great. I hope you were thinking of a bigger one?

Good luck, I think we all would love to see the results of this plan. //
Staffan Palm, Sweden

(Using black, non-shiny spokes under a chrome pattern wouldn’t make the
spokes ruin the look)

do you like to ride around slow with the sterio pumped up? LO-RIDE-AH… RIDES ALITTLE LOWWAH

any who that car is, how you say, ah yes, boss.
boss ride

dan

ps. nice rims, could you get those for you uni?

That picture was taken in front of my house, located in Florida.
I’m hoping to get off that 16" Uni wheel and onto a “dub” here shortly. No sound system in my car, just a deluxe and intricate air suspension system. Car goes up, car goes down, car goes sideways.
Car pics: www.onelovemedia.com/spyder3

What kind of rims are those? They are most badass. I wonder if a spoked
uni rim can be laced up to look like a spider.

John

AccordNSX wrote:

> I enjoy modding out my car, and recently got into unicycling. I’m going
> to get my Uni to match my car (color, maybe chrome wheel) and take it to
> car shows with me.
>
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