building

Hello gang, I have been considering building my own unicycle. I would like any
suggestions or advice or whatever that some of the experienced people on this
list might have. I also would like to know if the standard rims on a mountain
bike would work. Thanks, Jeff


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Re: building

depends what type of unicycle you’re looking to put together. If you’re just
looking to save money over buying a new unicycle, you can build something out of
old bike parts. I tried doing just that, and you can read about it on <a href=h-
ttp://lutkus.org/unicycle/build.html>http://lutkus.org/unicycle/build.html</a>.

It’s been a while since I’ve even looked at what I wrote in there, but a few
things I’ll mention… unless you go out and get some really good quality
stuff, or are into doing the actual welding, and other metal work stuff, you’re
going to end up with a unicycle that works, but not as nicely as one you could
have bought.

You can easily spend as much money building a unicycle as you would pay for a
cheap model. (Ok, I spend a little less, but for the extra few bucks it would
have cost, I’d rather have gotten a better one… however, the experience gained
building was great)

Though I started with bike issue left crank arms, I’ve since traded them in
for unicycle crank arms – simply because the bike ones were way too long for
my liking.

I have this unfortunate problem where the wheel does not stay perfectly centered
with the frame… when I idle, the fork tends to rub against the tire some of
the time. This may be a problem with the fork itself, or if may be a problem
with the parts I used not working well together. (This problem was even more
exagerated before I got a friend of mine at a bike shop to help me true the
wheel correctly)

Hope you can make some sense of my ramblings. Good luck to you, Jeff Lutkus

>From: jeff d tuttle <moosebreath1@juno.com> Reply-To: jeff d tuttle
><moosebreath1@juno.com> To: unicycling@winternet.com Subject: building Date:
>Sun, 22 Oct 2000 16:29:40 -0400
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>Hello gang, I have been considering building my own unicycle. I would like any
>suggestions or advice or whatever that some of the experienced people on this
>list might have. I also would like to know if the standard rims on a mountain
>bike would work. Thanks, Jeff
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Re: building

For most people, “building a unicycle” means “building” a frame, and assembling
it with components that you buy. I mean, I wouldn’t recommend building your own
bearings, crank arms, pedals, seat, quick release, tire, tube, spokes, rims,
etc. But assembling your own masterpiece/contraption/whatchamacallit gives you
incredible flexibility as to what exactly you want on your unicycle.

As to frame building, I’ve seen some nice bicycle forks with Semcycle bearing
holders welded on, brought to the MUni weekend by Mark Egeland. Or you can start
out with a cheap unicycle frame that already has bearing holders like the
United, and make it taller to your heart’s content by adding sections of tubing
to the fork legs. If Coker-size rims and spokes were easy to be had, I’d build
myself a Coker this way.

Chris

bearing holders welded on made by jeff d tuttle wrote:
>
> Hello gang, I have been considering building my own unicycle. I would like any
> suggestions or advice or whatever that some of the experienced people on this
> list might have. I also would like to know if the standard rims on a mountain
> bike would work. Thanks, Jeff
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