BC/Impossible Wheel question

I just borrowed my unicycle clubs BC Wheel. I’ve been riding it for about 2 days and I can ride down my street, which is about 200 ft long. It is one of the old style BC Wheels with pegs instead of platforms.
So I was wondering, are the BC Wheels with platforms easier to ride and keep your balance, than the BC Wheels with pegs?


I am guessing so…When I was trying a BC wheel it was really hard cause it only had pegs. and they kept slipping, so I kept falling off.

do you need to know how to glide to ride a BC wheel?

Re: BC/Impossible Wheel question

Um, by my calculations you’ve had it for 26 hours.:wink: Can hardly wait to see your progress by tomorrow nite.

Just for clarification; This BC Wheel has motorcycle pegs, not BMX axle pegs, so the pegs do sit slightly below the axle but not as low as the newer production BC Wheels.

Next you’ll be onto BC MUni. :sunglasses:

Ok…'cause I just used some old bike ones, and it didn’t help that my brother oiled 'em really well before I tried it. My dad had to tighten up the bearing really tight on the wheel for it to not spin like mad.

Yeh, my BC wheel has skinny BMX pegs that screw onto the axle. One day I’ll get one made with platforms below the axle…it looks like it should be a lot easier although I’ve never had the chance to try.


Can you ride yours? I also have one made this way, but I don’t see myself being able to ride it anytime soon.

I would think the BCs with platforms are much easier to ride, but I don’t have any experience to back that up.


Not really. Only for about 10m at best. I haven’t spent a great deal of time learning to ride it though. I will soon. I find it much easier with shoes on. Without shoes the pegs seem to roll more.


I RRRReally want a b.c but the are sooo expensive why??? the ones on uni dot com are only peg ones.i think i could make one for much less but i still can’t afford that much less:( as i am saving for a new hub and crank set.


Definitly they are! It is much easier to ride a BC with platforms. I really hate this things with the platform. Well it is a great idea, but it manipulate the idea of a BC. I think a BC should only be a wheel with an axle (made longer with pegs)
You also need much more skill to ride BCs with pegs. There is the risk to slip away because the pegs can turn, of course, too.
And the centre of gravity is above the centre of the wheel, you need more balance.
I do not want to blame anyone, but I think: You should be able to ride a BC with pegs before you can say that you can ride a BC-wheel.

By the way, a BC is not that expensive. Go in a BMX-store, buy a front wheel and a pair of pegs. Under 55$ in Germany.



Ruhrpott Unitrials

ive taken to calling a regular impossible wheel and impossible wheel and an impossible wheel with platforms, a “semi impossible” wheel.

an no, i cant do either.(well, ive never tried actualy, but the chances are that i dont have a natural tallent for it)

My BC wheel cost me $16. I had the front 24" wheel lying around the house and I bought some pegs for it.


As long as you can’t do it, I suppose “Impossible” is an accurate name for it. But after that, it really doesn’t fit. That’s why I prefer BC (or something else if people come up with it).

The big difference in type is not between round or flat peg, but whether it’s not the axle and can rotate. Obviously BMX pegs that turn are going to be the hardest. Go ahead and think of that as being hardcore, but I just think of it as a design flaw. First time I tried it I figured this out (duh), and took it apart and went to a better solution.

Once you get your pegs so they’re not turning, then the lower they are in relation to the axle, in theory, the easier it should be. Basically it’s not easy at all, but a lower point should take some of the edge off. David Winston had roundish pegs right on the axle, but they didn’t spin. Others are much lower. The draw back with low ones is that they swing back and forth, both before you jump on and while you’re moving (if you hit bumps or something). Otherwise, being lowe down should be easier.

OK what does BC stand for? And how do you get pegs that don’t spin? Don’t they have to spin?

Here’s an old thread about impossible wheels (and riding coker wheels as ultimate wheels): http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=21756&highlight=impossible+wheel

BC refers to the comic strip by Jon Hart. It features a character who rides a stone “BC” wheel.

I think that there must be two types of pegs. I would say the type I have do NOT spin. That is, they are securely fastened to the axle. The entire peg-axle-peg assembly DOES spin inside the hub. If it didn’t it would roll my feet off the pegs. Of course, this is assuming my feet could stay on the pegs long enough to complete revolutions required to roll my feet off.

From the discussion here I am assuming that they may be another type of peg that rotates independent of the axle. This would be like a round pedal attached to the axle. So then, both the axle AND the pegs would rotate. This would seem an overly complex an unnecessary feature. Perhaps I’m wrong about that though.


I don’t see how one or the other would be more difficult to ride though…

Re: BC/Impossible Wheel question

On Tue, 3 Feb 2004 21:48:25 -0600, Rayden
<Rayden@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com> wrote:

>OK what does BC stand for?

Named after the B.C. cartoons by Johnny Hart in which the archetype is
ridden. One might have to ask Mr. Hart but I’ve always understood it
as Before Christ.

Klaas Bil - Newsgroup Addict

I have a feeling you might need two points of contact with the ground for such a thing to work? Or at least training wheels on the front and rear. - John Foss commenting on a picture of a one-wheeled vehicle he saw on RSU.

Here you go…

miscellaneous - bc cartoon 1.jpg

How do I build an impossible wheel? I really want to get one, but I’m saving money and I currently can’t afford the one on unicycledotcom. Someone said they built one for $16, that would be a perfect price for me.