check out this uni/bike

A club member, David Kaplan (unidak), is apparently going to be
demonstrating a uni/bike at an upcoming trade show here in NY in a few
weeks. Check out the website of the company for a photo.
http://www.justgoscooters.com/index.htm

I really can’t imagine why they’d produce this item – who but a
unicyclist is going to buy one. Of course, I probably will, but I have a
feeling it’s not going to make unicycling much easier to learn (hope I’m
wrong!).

More to follow.

David Stone
Co-founder, Unatics of NY
1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
@ Central Park Bandshell
1:30 start time after 11/1/01

I’ll be there on monday, and hopefully friday, so I’ll post a full description of the strange contraption. Hey Drummond, want a new thingie to put in your inventory?
-David Kaplan

P.S. the last time I worked at the new york toy fair, it was for a company that sold [poor quality] juggling equip. At the end of the show, in addition to payment, they gave me one of each of their products. I HOPE they will give me one of these thingies, but they probably wont.

From a quick look at the design, I had a thought… what if you made
something like that, only angled the unicycle frame slightly forward. This
way, you could more naturally hold onto the handles, or, pull a “wheelie”
and have it feel a lot more like rididing a normal unicycle.

So, how much are those things selling for?

> A club member, David Kaplan (unidak), is apparently going to be
> demonstrating a uni/bike at an upcoming trade show here in NY in a few
> weeks. Check out the website of the company for a photo.
> http://www.justgoscooters.com/index.htm
>
> I really can’t imagine why they’d produce this item – who but a
> unicyclist is going to buy one. Of course, I probably will, but I have
> a feeling it’s not going to make unicycling much easier to learn (hope
> I’m wrong!).
>
> More to follow.
>
> David Stone
> Co-founder, Unatics of NY
> 1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
> @ Central Park Bandshell
> 1:30 start time after 11/1/01
>
>


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What does the rear brake cable attach to?

Leo White

> A club member, David Kaplan (unidak), is apparently going to be
> demonstrating a uni/bike at an upcoming trade show here in NY in a few
> weeks. Check out the website of the company for a photo.
> http://www.justgoscooters.com/index.htm

>What does the rear brake cable attach to?

Ah, I think it’s for changing the angle that the unicycle attaches to the
frame.

Leo White

Semcycle are always experimenting with strange contraptions out of
interest (not for sale per se). I’ve ridden a thing of theirs which
looks like a simpler version of this one, but the unicycle can freely
rotate around a vertical axis in the frame. Easy to ride on two
wheels, also fairly easy on one wheel.

Klaas Bil

On Fri, 08 Feb 2002 23:16:59 -0500, “David Stone” <dstone@packer.edu>
wrote:

>A club member, David Kaplan (unidak), is apparently going to be
>demonstrating a uni/bike at an upcoming trade show here in NY in a few
>weeks. Check out the website of the company for a photo.
>http://www.justgoscooters.com/index.htm
>
>I really can’t imagine why they’d produce this item – who but a
>unicyclist is going to buy one. Of course, I probably will, but I have a
>feeling it’s not going to make unicycling much easier to learn (hope I’m
>wrong!).
>
>More to follow.
>
>David Stone
>Co-founder, Unatics of NY
>1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
> @ Central Park Bandshell
>1:30 start time after 11/1/01
>


“To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been picked automagically from a database:”
“SUAEWICS, Fortezza, Virii”

Will this contraption make it easier to learn to unicycle? Not a chance. And I doubt any unicyclist would ever consider buying one. I happen to be a toy inventor and I attend the NY Toy Fair every year. I had been wondering which company had posted here to hire a demo unicyclist, but when I stumbled upon the Wysco/Uniqo booth that sold the JustGo, I figured it was them and not Jugglebug.

The uni/bike was practically unrideable. The unicycle attaches to the curved central frame at a fixed, awkward forward angle secured by large clamp, but the uni frame is still able to pivot somewhat. Even though the seat had rails, tipping the seat forwards to compensate doesn’t change the fact that one can’t balance on a uni at that angle. It forces you to lean heavily on the handlebars and small front wheel with your feet reaching well behind you just to engage the pedals. I spoke for a while with the company president, and he revealed he didn’t uni and that no unicyclist had been consulted during the projects’ design or manufacture. I pointed out that the uni portion’s angle was unrealistic (I demonstrated on a disengaged uni) and asked why it was designed that way. He said that it was the only way for his invention to pass safety regulations. If the uni had been angled upright (the right way), or slightly back (more closely simulating the position of pedals vs seat on a bike), then non-unicyclists who rode it would tend to fall backwards and he’d end up with lawsuits.

They did have a guy demoing some of the bikes, but he didn’t ride the uni one. I wonder why.
I’m curious to hear David’s (aka Unidak) take on it when he tries it out tomorrow.

-Anne

SHIT!!! Does this mean that I’m going to spend six hours on an impossible, uncomfortable, and frustrating uni? Anne, did you try the uni seperate from the bike? Is it any better? This puts a damper on my toy fair fun. If anyone plans to go to the fair tomorrow of tuesday, stop by booth 6209, and say hi. (I’ll be the one complaining about the crappy seat. I actually was planning to bring my own seat, but if its rail type, like Anne said, that would be a waste.
-David Kaplan

> http://www.justgoscooters.com/index.htm
>
> I really can’t imagine why they’d produce this item – who but a
> unicyclist is going to buy one. Of course, I probably will,

I can’t imagine why anyone would make or buy a skatebike, but they had their
share of popularity for a while, and were made by several different
companies as far as I can tell (sold under names such as LeRun, Rodeocycle,
etc).

Then in the early 80s there was another “bike” device similar to this one,
except with 20" wheels front and rear and a relatively horizontal pair of
cross bars. I don’t think they were as popular as the skatebikes.

They’re just goofy things to ride. People will buy them for fun, if they’re
out where people can see them. I just hope they are built sturdy enough to
hold up to being used. The Runt bikes are fine for kids, but the wheels can
break under adult weight.

Before Christmas they had Runt bikes and the E-Tec Force scooters at Sams
Club. Now that’s mass market! I also saw a similar bike at 7-11 of all
places, maybe it was the Gordo. The Uniqo and the Antix will probably get
less exposure because they’re more weird.

> but I have a feeling it’s not going to make
> unicycling much easier to learn

It literally is a unicycle with a training wheel. I can imagine some
interesting things one could do with those front pegs. Anybody who has one
of these will be encouraged to learn to unicycle. Obviously the intended
market is non-unicyclists (because there still aren’t enough of us to market
to). Again I hope they can hold up to such use, and riders over 100 pounds.
I wish them luck!

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

“You’re not supposed to wash your Roach armor” - Nathan Hoover, on safety
equipment cleaning methods

ok I have a cool bike from the 70’s on which this is almost a certainly
based. it’s called a swing-bike and has a pivot for the handle-bars and
under the seat so it can be 2 wheel steered etc. there’s a picture of one
at:
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/3839/bike.html

  • (Not my page)

I just thought i’d let you know. - they are almost impossible to ride to
begin with - rear wheel steer at speed is just scary

Joe

jr699@soton.ac.uk writes:
>ok I have a cool bike from the 70’s on which this is almost a certainly
>based. it’s called a swing-bike and has a pivot for the handle-bars and
>under the seat so it can be 2 wheel steered etc. there’s a picture of one
>at:
>http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/3839/bike.html

Comparing the two, I’d say it’s unlikely the newer unin-bike is based on
the swingbike. The new one has no chain, for starters. The swing bike
looks way harder to ride as a uni than the new one (which is basically a
uni with a bike extension) – ever try it?
>
>
>I just thought i’d let you know. - they are almost impossible to ride to
>begin with - rear wheel steer at speed is just scary

David
Co-founder, Unatics of NY
1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
@ Central Park Bandshell
1:30 start time after 11/1/01

On Mon, 11 Feb 2002 03:57:03 +0000 (UTC), Anne
<forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote:

>The uni/bike
>was practically unrideable. The unicycle attaches to the curved
>central frame at a fixed, awkward forward angle secured by large
>clamp, but the uni frame is still able to pivot somewhat.

I said yesterday that the one I rode was easy. A clarification is
appropriate. The rear wheel on the one I tried pivoted on a vertical
(or nearly so) axis. That will probably make all the difference.

Klaas Bil

“To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been picked automagically from a database:”
“Bagdad, COSMOS-2224, UNSCOM”

Cool video of Unigo in action.

Here is link to video of the Unigo by Justgoscooters.
http://www.wysco.com/justgoscooters/Video/uniqo-video.html

It seems to be discontinued but was sold at UDC and here.
http://www.toysinthemail.com/trick-bikes/punk-and-runt-mini-bikes/uniqo-unicycle-bike.htm

I have now 4 unicycle powered swing bikes.

  1. the STC Super Trick Cycle.

  2. the Semcycle swingbike. Still sold here:
    http://store.semcycle.com/product_info.php?cPath=5&products_id=23&osCsid=5aa3e0ef8fd6b854267c459091da2d4b
    TIP: Ask what color frame and tires you will get to avoid surprize.

  3. Homemade by me with wheel diameters 16/12 inch back/front.
    Made for a 9 year old. She loves it.

  4. Homemade by me with wheel diameters 26/20 back/front.
    The massive 26 x 2.5 inch rear tire makes it fun. ( for tall experts)

  5. I think a 24/16 coming next.

Does this make me a Authority or something?
Maybe I’ll put up a web site.
I think the various tricks need to be described.

The Curbrider.

Sheesh, talk about letting sleeping dogs lie. What’s with the trend lately of calling up old old threads w/o anything new or relevant to add?

Easy now, Tom! I think he added something. I’d never seen anyone ride a UniGo before. I have found those things pretty useless (as was that weird video – seemed fairly tame).

I was surprised to see a 5yo thread resurrected.

BTW, I had 3 STCs but sold one. They’re great. I wonder if Sem’s swing bike is the same.