Thanks for posting the pictures.
My first 9’ giraffe I got from Tom was bent in an escalator accident here in Toronto 3 months after getting it at the 1985 N.U.M. (National Unicycle Meet) at Eastern Michigan University.
(The meets changed names to NUC and are now called NAUCC.)
I rode in the Toronto Santa Claus parade and then had is crushed in the subway on my way home. It got jammed between the roof and the moving stairs and was destroyed. I made a mess of the subway too ripping the sheel metal ceiling as the unicycle was being pushed by the stairs.
The seat cover, base and foam were bent and ripped, the seat post and frame were bent big time and the wheel tacoed at a 45 degree angle.
I was able to reuse the crank set and chain.
I called Tom and told him the story. He got another unicycle ready and I drove to The Unicycle Factory to get it. He used the two parts I was able to salvage and I paid for the rest of the unicycle.
The whole point of mentioning this is because 1/2 of the first frame is still leaning up in his back yard after it being there for 21 years !!!
You can see it in the photo numbered DSC01067
It is the bent lower half of a blue 9’ giraffe upside down in the picture.
The whole frame was there for a long time until I went back years later and he cut off the top of the frame below the hub and gave it to me to keep. He wanted me to make another frame with the top but I never did.
Yes, I do still have the top piece he cut off and gave to me.
I have got many unicycles and other custom things made at The Unicycle Factory over the last 21 years and still ride and treasure them all.
9’ giraffe - 5 wheeled stacked Penta wheel - 6’ giraffe - Tennis shoe wheeled Shoe-n-cycle - 36" and 40" big wheels - Off-Centre bicycle - Custom chopper bike - 8" mini wheel unicycle (like the chrome one pictured in the photos / John, they were 750.00 US in 1985) - and lots more.
I wore TUF T-shirts in all the colors available everyday for years.
They said… The Unicycle Factory - Where Dreams Become Ridable
That was the case for me and all the other unicyclists all over North America
for many, many years.
I’m proud to own the unicycles Tom hand made one at a time and recommend his work to anyone who wants a custom made unicycle. His giraffes are the best available and worth the price he charges.
If you want to contact Tom, call: 765-452-2692
I plan on stopping by for another long overdue visit to The Unicycle Factory this year.