Distances and unicycles

Cycl4lif wrote:

> So exactly how far is the longest unicycle ride? I have read about cyclists
> doing a cross country ride…has this ever been done by a unicyclist? I have
> been riding for a long time but have never attempted such a long ride.

I think several people have ridden across the US and if I remember rightly a
Japanese guy went around the world on a unicycle. Details anyone?

Can anyone give me some definitive answers on a couple of questions? I have
received conflicting answers.

  • Takayuki Koike of Japan rode 100 miles without stopping in 1987 . Was he
    riding a 42" or 45" unicycle?

  • A guy called Pietro, of Montreal, Canada, rode around North America in
    1983-84. Was his surname Biondo or Bernier?

Julian mailto:Julian.Orbach@unforgettable.com

RE: distances and unicycles

>I think several people have ridden across the US and if I remember rightly a
>Japanese guy went around the world on a unicycle. Details anyone?

In 1991 or 2 a Japanese teenager rode across the US in a very fast time.

In 1976-8 Wally Watts of Canada rode around the world, about 12,000 miles. It
didn’t take him all of the 2.5 years; he made lots of stops and went home at one
point to work and build up his funds.

In 1983-4 Pietro Biondo (of Montreal) rode more-or-less the perimeter of North
America, also about 12,000 miles.

In 1987 Takayuki Koike of Japan rode 100 miles in 6 hrs. 44 min. for the
Guinness record. He was on a 42" (heavy!) air tire unicycle, and he reportedly
did not dismount for the entire 100 miles. Beat that!

jf

RE: Distances and unicycles

> * Takayuki Koike of Japan rode 100 miles without stopping in 1987 . Was he
> riding a 42" or 45" unicycle?

It was a 42" air tire wheel, very heavy, made from a heavy duty rim and tire for
a rickshaw. I believe this unicycle belongs to Jack Halpern?

> * A guy called Pietro, of Montreal, Canada, rode around North America in
> 1983-84. Was his surname Biondo or Bernier?

Biondo. He was pictured on the cover of the USA ON ONE WHEEL in 1984, with a big
article. His unicycle had a 24" wheel (with possible gearing through the chain).

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone


jfoss@unicycling.com http://www.unicycling.com

Re: Distances and unicycles

Greetings

In message “RE: Distances and unicycles”, John Foss wrote…
>> * Takayuki Koike of Japan rode 100 miles without stopping in 1987 . Was he
>> riding a 42" or 45" unicycle?
>
>It was a 42" air tire wheel, very heavy, made from a heavy duty rim and tire
>for a rickshaw. I believe this unicycle belongs to Jack Halpern?

Yes, it belongs to me, and is not all that heavy. It is a pleasure to ride.

>> * A guy called Pietro, of Montreal, Canada, rode around North America in
>> 1983-84. Was his surname Biondo or Bernier?
>
>Biondo. He was pictured on the cover of the USA ON ONE WHEEL in 1984, with
>a big article. His unicycle had a 24" wheel (with possible gearing through
>the chain).
>
>Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
>
>--------------------------------------------
>jfoss@unicycling.com http://www.unicycling.com
>
>
>

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