Composite Unicycle

On Tue, 6 Dec 1994, Alec Bateman wrote:

> How about a composite unicycle? If some of the major components of the
> unicycle such as the frame or seatpost were made of fiberglass (or carbon
> fiber) you might be able to achieve a significant weight reduction. This might
> make up for some extra weight in the drivetrain.

Jez’s carbon fibre unicycle is currently two components short of finished. Its
built of three bits of 1 1/4" carbon fibre/epoxy tube held together with a Pace
fork crown (for all you non-UK readers Pace make utterly wonderful suspension
forks for MTB’s). The bearing holders still need some machining but should be
done before xmas.

So far it’s stupidly light. I’m not sure that it’ll be strong enuff but we’ll
see. Will it be easier to ride? Well, it’s replacing a Pashley frame so it
should be hard not to make at least some improvement.

I’ll keep you all in touch as to its progress.

Jez jpw24@cam.ac.uk

Re: Composite Unicycle

> On Tue, 6 Dec 1994, Alec Bateman wrote:
>
> > How about a composite unicycle? If some of the major components of the
> > unicycle such as the frame or seatpost were made of fiberglass (or carbon
> > fiber) you might be able to achieve a significant weight reduction.
>
(snip)
>
> Jez’s carbon fibre unicycle is currently two components short of finished. Its
> built of three bits of 1 1/4" carbon fibre/epoxy tube held together with a
> Pace fork crown (for all you non-UK readers Pace make utterly wonderful
> suspension forks for MTB’s). The bearing holders still need some machining but
> should be done before xmas.
>
(snip)
>
> I’ll keep you all in touch as to its progress.
>
> Jez jpw24@cam.ac.uk
>

Go, Jez! What a trip! As they say in theatre, Break a leg!

Clearly unicycle development proceeds apace. It seems an unlikely venue,
somehow, doesn’t it, but then again, who wouldn’t want a better mousetrap? I
love this group! And unicycling! There is something mind-warpingly endearing
about a sport that can be simultaneously so retro and so hi-tech.

(Gushing off).

(Gushing back on). I’m so excited!

Ok, I’ll stop. Talk to y’all later. Keep up the good work!

>> Mark

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