copy of uni.5 review #2

Below is a copy of my 2nd review, for anyone who was unable to get it last
week. I have added a few notes, hardly worth reading.

There were a few items I neglected to mention in the first post about
uni.5. Basically, I have been testing uni.5 under my stringent conditions
to see if it meets certain important standards of NYC riding.

  1. The sushi test (avocado rolls)
    Minutes after hopping onto uni.5 for my first ride, I knew I had to get
    some sushi in order to test whether a fixed gear unicycle was up to the
    challenge of sushi. I have found it possible to eat sushi (fingers – no
    chopsticks) while riding a Coker. Once I hit the flat bike path, I found
    that the uni.5 rode smoothly enough to handle everything from the hot
    wasabi to the tough-to-open packet of soy sauce. While I was not confident
    enough to try this on the Brooklyn Bridge, as I have done with my Coker,
    this may have been due to a too-high seat post. Perhaps another attempt
    should be made. It is important to note that after eating the sushi, I had
    no trouble slowing down enough to throw my trash into a bin alongside the
    bike path, something ordinarily imposible from my Coker due to its height
    and the shortened cranks, which make slow riding a bit trickier.
    Advantage: Even

  2. The cell-phone test.
    After finishing the sushi, I had to call my brother, John, to brag about
    this incredible unicycle. We spoke for 5 minutes 12 seconds, and no UPDs
    resulted from this conversation. Later calls proved that the uni.5 is a
    fine unicycle for callers on the go. No attempt was made to compare uni.5
    with a Coker when talking on a cell phone and riding the wrong way on
    Broadway. Advantage: Undecided

  3. The wrong-way-in-traffic test.
    Thus far, uni.5 has only made brief forays into any traffic whatsoever,
    and occasionally this has been while headed in the opposite direction of
    the cars, but for the most part I have been avoiding the street (both on
    my Coker and on uni.5) ever since the bus hit me a few weeks ago. Uni.5
    handles sidewalks better than my Coker, tho in large part this is due to
    those longer cranks. Advantage: uni.5

  4. The really-steep-hill test.
    There is a really steep (but thankfully short) hill as one leaves the West
    Side bikepath near 72nd Street. On my Coker, it took me nearly ten tries
    before I could ride UP this hill with 4.3" cranks. I had to learn a novel
    way of riding which relies on the extension being used like a cowboy uses
    reins. I expected the uni.5 to handle this hill easily, but alas, the long
    cranks have actually made it harder by slowing down my initial assault of
    the incline. I nearly made it up the whole hill today, tho, on only my
    second try, so there is hope. Advantage: Coker

Finally, I’ll add that I changed to an air seat today and found the
13.5-mile ride home much more comfortable. But the damage had been done.
After only 33 miles on a Viscount seat, my bottom feels like I
accidentally dropped an apple slicer in my bike shorts before riding away
from a proctologist who had run out of Vaseline just prior to my visit.

More to follow.

David “Goodness Gracious*” 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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