Building a uni...?

Hello,

I am in desperate need of a new uni, but am very short on cash. (I’m only 14,
so it doesn’t come very easily either.) So, I was wondering if maybe I could
build a new uni with a new seat, tire and then some old bicycle parts that I
could weld together? I don’t know… Has anyone ever built a uni before that
could give me some advice? I would appreciate anything, plans, advice, etc.
Thanks in advance.

Jill

Re: Building a uni…?

>
> Hello,
>
> I am in desperate need of a new uni, but am very short on cash. (I’m only 14,
> so it doesn’t come very easily either.) So, I was wondering if maybe I could
> build a new uni with a new seat, tire and then some old bicycle parts that I
> could weld together? I don’t know… Has anyone ever built a uni before that
> could give me some advice? I would appreciate anything, plans, advice, etc.
> Thanks in advance.

Go to your largest convenient library and see if they have The Unicycle Book
by Jack Wiley. The book is a bit dated, but it contains some unicycle plans.
Wily later wrote a book “How to Build Unicycles and Artistic Bicycles”, but it
costs $16.

While you are thinking about this, though, keep your eyes open for people trying
to unload a unicycle. The only good part about the fact that most unicycles sit
in people’s garages doing nothing is that eventually they want to clean the
garage and get rid of stuff. Look at garage sales, and check the classified ads.
You may not get the best unicycle, but if the price is right and the only moving
parts are the wheel and the pedals, you will have something to work with. Unless
you are mechanical and like building unicycles (which may well be the case),
looking for a used unicycle will probably be an easier approach. I bought a used
Schwinn for $40, but other people on the Internet have gotten much better deals.

Beirne


Beirne “Bern” Konarski | Unicycling Web Page: bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu |
http://www.unicycling.org Kent State University | “Untouched by Scandal” |

Re: Building a uni…?

Jill…

I had a friend who thought about building a uni out of a 16" bicycle.

We thought you could start by welding the sprocket solidly to the hub (To make
it pedal backwards without hitting the brakes).

Throw away the front forks and wheel and stand the bike upright, to locate the
center of gravity. Weld the seatpost at the high point (probably somewhere on
the old fork neck).

But we got older and money came easier so we bought our wheels and forgot about
this idea.

I did have a friend who welded two bicycle frames together and made a pretty
fair tandem, however.

Joey