Giraffe height?

OK, folks, just starting to muse… as the winter season approaches, it might be time to get a giraffe… I can practise indoors for at least one evening a week from September.

I have ridden various ‘proper’ giraffes up to about 6 feet, and a couple of home made affairs with seats around 4 feet, but wheels geared up to around 30 - 40 inches.

I can freemount a Coker on a flat surface with virtually 100% success, and can freemount a 20, 24 or 26 on a variety of surfaces with virtually 100% success.

For my intended use, freemounting the giraffe will be a necessity, and as it will often be in front of an audience, I will need a pretty high ‘first serve percentage’.

Common sense tells me a 5 foot giraffe will be more manageable than a 6, mounting will be easier, idling will be easier, and so on. Testosterone tells me that a 6 footer would be more phallic.

I have too little giraffe experience to ‘calibrate’ my assessment of the difference in difficulty for mounting, idling etc. How does the difference between a 5 footer and a 6 footer compare to, say, the difference between a 20 and 26 ‘normal’ uni, or a 24 and a Coker? If I intend to rely heavily on freemounting, I intend to ride in front of crowds, sometimes in a smallish space, and I intend to do occasional recreational rides along towpaths and the like, would I regret buying the taller one?

All helpful advice welcome.

Mike,

We have video clips of Ben and Adam freemounting a 5’ giraffe on page 4 of our gallery:

http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/theunicycleuniversity?&page=4

Bruce

Re: Giraffe height?

Come on, someone out there must have some advice… Pleeeease (makes Bambi eyes).

Re: Giraffe height?

Mikefule wrote:
> For my intended use, freemounting the giraffe will be a necessity, and
> as it will often be in front of an audience, I will need a pretty high
> ‘first serve percentage’.

That’s going to take a while regardless of what size you get. :wink:

> I have too little giraffe experience to ‘calibrate’ my assessment of the
> difference in difficulty for mounting, idling etc. How does the
> difference between a 5 footer and a 6 footer compare to, say, the
> difference between a 20 and 26 ‘normal’ uni, or a 24 and a Coker? If I
> intend to rely heavily on freemounting, I intend to ride in front of
> crowds, sometimes in a smallish space, and I intend to do occasional
> recreational rides along towpaths and the like, would I regret buying
> the taller one?

A 5 footer is a lot easier (IMHO). It’s so much closer to a standard
uni than a 6 footer. As someone who bought a 6 footer, I’d recommend the
5 - especially for the activities you’ve listed.

> All helpful advice welcome.

No guarantees. :slight_smile:

Regards,
Mark.

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Re: Giraffe height?

The other nice thing about 5’ giraffes is that they’re really easy to jump
mount (which looks impressive). 6’ giraffes are NOT easy to jump mount
(tho I can do it 50% of the time).

David

Co-founder, Unatics of NY

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What a poignant comment :0(

So the mood of the meeting is that the difference in ease of mounting is very significant? I know the riding will be reasonably similar, but the mounting’s the thing that worries me. As for visual effect - unless there’s a taller one nearby, I suppose the 5 footer would look pretty good.

5 ft. looks like 10 ft. to most non-uniers.

And women can’t reverse cars because men tell them that’s about a foot?
(Holds hands about 6 inches apart to demonstrate…)

;0D

Re: Giraffe height?

Mikefule wrote:
> Mark Wiggins wrote:
>>As someone who bought a 6 footer, I’d recommend the 5
>>

> What a poignant comment :0(

Quite. Don’t worry though, I’m sure it’ll get a lot of attention when
I’ve sussed the 5 footer.

> So the mood of the meeting is that the difference in ease of mounting is
> very significant? I know the riding will be reasonably similar, but the
> mounting’s the thing that worries me. As for visual effect - unless
> there’s a taller one nearby, I suppose the 5 footer would look pretty
> good.

Yup.

Regards,
Mark.

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Re: Giraffe height?

On Mon, 2 Sep 2002 17:18:00 -0500, Mikefule
<Mikefule.adj00@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>
>gerardpoche wrote:
>> *5 ft. looks like 10 ft. to most non-uniers. *
>
>And women can’t reverse cars because men tell them that’s about a
>foot?
>(Holds hands about 6 inches apart to demonstrate…)

But women’s feet ARE generally smaller!

Klaas Bil

If you had this signature, I have forged it.

i’ve never tried any height but my 5 footer
to an audience, it looks pretty impresive and it does look about 10 feet tall even when u see pictures of yourself riding it

during the uni’ing i did as hired entertainment at the recent world summit in jhb, i had the opportunity to experience first hand the benefit of not getting up first time around
in my case, it wasn’t (just) showmanship
i haven’t practised for a while and my normal 1/3 hit rate had deteriorated to worse than 1/5
we were using the giraffes to ride around on when an impromtu show broke out and my partner decided to stick me with freemounting as part of the show
i was fortunate in being able to mount it at the second go and the response was amazing

the two golden rules i’ve managed to figure out so far:
1)breathe out and when u r about 3/4 the way thru the breath, go!
dont take a huge breath and brace yourself for the effort
that causes the upper body to become rigid and balance goes
2)u’ll have one hand on the seat and one hand on the seat post (i’m assuming here)
the opposite foot to the seatpost hand will go for the first pedal
when that foot lands, the seat post hand MUST release

i’m sure this forum is awash with freemounting tips
i thought i’d throw in my 2cents worth

keep us updated and have fun!