Crank Lenght

I agree with Jack that crank lenght must be established in racing so that there
will be consistency as per country & as per time. I wonder if the person who
suggested that crank lenght has no effect on speed is one of the non-riders who
directs the JUA.

The JUA is free to make their own rules. Like Jack said, their internal times
will not be recognized. Also, their riders will be at a disadvantage at the
UNICONs as they will have to compete with the official sized crank lenghts, not
the ones that they are accustomed to.

The UNICONs do enforce the size of the cranks. A Puerto Rican rider had to race
with somebody else’s unicycle on UNICON VI because she had the wrong cranks in
her 16". It was our mistake & the UNICON officials made the right decission. The
Japanese have made inputs into the size of the cranks, & the actual sizes
reflect their inputs. The IUF changed the allowed size a few years ago mostly
because of JUA’s reccomendation. I believe the USA also followed suit.

If the JUA doesn’t mind about these disadvantages to them, they could be doing
all of us (the rest of the world) a favor. If I am wrong, & the unrestricted
size works, the IUF could decide a few years down the road whether to follow
suit or not.

Unlimitted size of crank lenght could be advantageous to the artistic riders,
who have better balance, over the fastest legs,

Alberto Ruiz, Director International Unicycling Federation (IUF)

Re: Crank Length

Restrictions on crank lengths and wheel size must remain unchanged for the vast
majority of racing competitions. Otherwise, unicyclists will have customize
their unicycles at extra expense, maybe even cause them to consider different
unicycles for different races, plus one for artistic riding.

The idea of having a restricted wheel size with an unrestricted crank length
doesn’t make any more sense than an unrestricted wheel size with a restricted
crank length.

An Unlimited class of no size restrictions at all sounds fine though. Any wheel
size with any crank length! (But the current restrictions must remain for the
current Expert class, Junior Expert and all age groups.) Safety requirements in
addition to required helmet, elbow, knee pads and gloves such as a certain level
of skill (IUF skill level 3 for example) should be required. Unlimited class
entrants should also be allowed to compete in a restricted class as well.

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com