Although it was a lot of fun to build, I wouldn’t reccomend it unless you are a
REAL engineer. I copied the design of the Semcycle giraffe with the A frame. It
turned out to be real heavy and is kind of awkward to ride. I have also had to
weld the joint above the crank about three times because when I fall off, the
seat slams down and puts pressure on the joint.
Even though I had a friend who did the welding for me, and I got all the steel
for free, it still costed me about $75. I got a brand new wheel, seat, and other
After I had it for a few months, I ran into a 5’ Savage giraffe for $50. It
weighs about half as much and I ride that one now.
I say leave the building to the professionals!
Also, I would say be careful of the info you may find on how to build one. I
found a few books and some designs off the web. There is some bad info out
there. I had to scrap the first one I started because it became apparent that it
was not going to work.
> Has anybody built their own unicycle or giraffe, as I am thinking about > building something myself as I have quite a few bits and pieces from some old > mountain bikes that I could use.
Duncan Castling has made unicycles from bike parts, he will be at BJC if you are
coming or if you come up to the Durham some time. I have made a few unicycles as
well. If you would like call in if you are passing this way. Phone number 532