distances

In article <6ug102$t9j$1@fermi.tro.net>, “Daniel Maleike”
<daniel.m@ksk.tronet.de.idontwantnospam> writes:
> I wonder how far you can go by unicycle? I can go for around 10km (~6.2 miles)
> on my 20" uni. Is that good/poor? What about these 26" and 28" unis? Can one
> use them riding around town (turns,… possible?) or are they only for long
> distances?

Salut,

I think that 10km on a 20" is really good. I only started to ride longer
distanced when I bought a bigger (24") unicycle. This one now serves as a MUni
because I have a 28". I don’t know about 26", but 28" is a very good size for
riding long distances. I use some longer cranks (the same as are normally used
on 24" and 26") and there are actually no hills I can’t climb (where I live :-).
Thus said I maybe have to explain, that here in Stuttgart, Germany, different
areas of the town have up to 400m distance in height on a distance of about 5km.
Actually, riding downhill is much more a killer to my legs. Turning is no
problem with a 28", but I have some problems with jumping up the pavement
(sidewalk). I ride much in town, as I use my unicycle to go to work, go
shopping, visit friends etc. In fact, I don’t have no other vehicle at the
moment (apart from public transport). So I’d recommend a larger wheel if you
plan to ride longer distances.

lars


Lars Burgstahler Institute of Communication Networks and Computer Engineering
University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 47, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany Tel: (+49)
711 685 7966 Fax: (+49) 711 685 7983 E-Mail: burgstahler@ind.uni-stuttgart.de

When was the last time you were flabbergasted? CIRCOMIQUE

I wonder how far you can go by unicycle? I can go for around 10km (~6.2 miles)
on my 20" uni. Is that good/poor? What about these 26" and 28" unis? Can one use
them riding around town (turns,… possible?) or are they only for long
distances?

Daniel

Re: distances

Wow, you have lots of patience. I’ve gone about that far on a 20", but only
once. A 26" or 28" wheel is really what you want if you’re going longer
distances. Our Muni rides are usually 5-10 miles, but one was 17 miles
(about 28km).

There is no problem at all making turns and generally riding around town with a
28" uni - I think you’d find it to be the optimum size for around town riding.

                               Have fun,
                                 Nathan

Daniel Maleike wrote in message <6ug102$t9j$1@fermi.tro.net>…
>I wonder how far you can go by unicycle? I can go for around 10km (~6.2 miles)
>on my 20" uni. Is that good/poor? What about these 26" and 28" unis? Can one
>use them riding around town (turns,… possible?) or are they only for long
>distances?
>
> Daniel

Re: distances

Daniel Maleike wrote:
>
> I wonder how far you can go by unicycle? I can go for around 10km (~6.2 miles)
> on my 20" uni. Is that good/poor? What about these 26" and 28" unis? Can one
> use them riding around town (turns,… possible?) or are they only for long
> distances?
>
> Daniel
i have been riding a 28" semcycle for a few years around the streets of boston.
i still was not quite happy with the lack of speed, so i just got a coker tire
uni with a 36" wheel!the speed i now attain is mutch more acceptable and the
handling is just fine,a little harder to freemount. the quality of the coker uni
is not nearly that of the semcycle. but still a great deal for 300.00 bucks, so
far anyway, i have only had it a few days.

Re: distances

Earlier this year, I completed a 106 mile unicycle ride across rural western
Tennessee in the southeastern U.S. There are others on this newsgroup who have
done similar rides and much further. The trip took 3 days. I rode 44 miles, 37
miles, and 25 miles. I brought camping gear but fortunately was able to stay in
motels. I used a 28-inch Semcycle. I am sure my 24-inch job would have been
adequate but would have involved more turns of the wheel. Due to
crotch-numbness, I would ride the uni 1 1/2 miles and then walk it 1/2 miles.
The terrain consisted of rolling hills and light traffic.

Like I previously stated on this newsgroup, it was tough free-mounting the
larger wheel uni with a loaded backpack. I know that some of you free-mount with
people sitting on your shoulders so that my complaint is very minor.

I have used my 28-inch alot around my neighborhood. I used to ride it to the
local tavern which is about 1-mile from my house and ride it around inside. Many
a drunken patron has attempted to ride it. I would then zip on home in a drunken
state myself. Talk about Night Riding. The 28-inch rides so much smoother than
the 24-inch which makes Night Riding is very calming and soothing (another
recent topic on this newsgroup).

Anyway, just a few thoughts from Don here in Memphis, Tennessee, USA…Home of
Elvis Presley’s Graceland.