Giraffe wheel sizes

My collection of unicycles has swollen (well, at least grown) to four recently. Something is telling me that this is not enough and I will soon need to acquire a giraffe. I seem to only see 20" wheels on giraffes. Granted, they are probably used for skill development and (bite my tongue) tricks primarily as opposed to transportation. Is it uncommon to find a giraffe with a larger wheel? If so, does anyone know why?

Also, other than a foot, what is the difference between a 5 foot and a 6 foot giraffe? Is a 6 foot giraffe substantially more difficult to mount and/or ride?

Oh no. I see a Coker giraffe in the works. High speed, high altitude, high
adrenaline. And then… Coker giraffe Munis. Kris Holm riding down
handrails on one. Yeah. Wow.

I saw a 7-speed hub equipped bicycle at the bike shop the other day.
Would be cool to make one without a coasting mechanism for a uni…

harper wrote:

> My collection of unicycles has swollen (well, at least grown) to four
> recently. Something is telling me that this is not enough and I will
> soon need to acquire a giraffe. I seem to only see 20" wheels on
> giraffes. Granted, they are probably used for skill development and
> (bite my tongue) tricks primarily as opposed to transportation. Is it
> uncommon to find a giraffe with a larger wheel? If so, does anyone
> know why?
>
> –
> harper Posted via the Unicyclist Community -
> http://unicyclist.com/forums

I would imagine that the addition of a chain and the ability to change the
gear ratio eliminates the need for a larger wheel. 20" wheels are
inexpensive, readily available and stronger than larger equivalent wheels
of similar materials.

A smaller wheel should also be more manouverable.

When I was a teenager I built a giraffe from an old bicycle. I geared it
3:1 with a 20" wheel. It was difficult to get started on it but once I got
used to it it really cruised.

-mg

“harper” <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:9vgutr$f92$1@laurel.tc.umn.edu
> My collection of unicycles has swollen (well, at least grown) to four
> recently. Something is telling me that this is not enough and I will
> soon need to acquire a giraffe. I seem to only see 20" wheels on
> giraffes. Granted, they are probably used for skill development and
> (bite my tongue) tricks primarily as opposed to transportation. Is it
> uncommon to find a giraffe with a larger wheel? If so, does anyone
> know why?
>
>
>
>
> –
> harper Posted via the Unicyclist Community -
> http://unicyclist.com/forums

> Is it uncommon to find a giraffe with a larger wheel? If so, does anyone
> know why?

Giraffes are silly things to use for transportation. They are for shows
and showing off (by the vast majority of buyers). So, the 20" wheel was
always easy to get tires for, and fits well in the back of the car… :slight_smile:

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

“Our time is a most precious commodity, but it’s how we spend it that
makes us rich.” - John Foss

I bought my first 9 foot unicycle in 1985 from Tom Miller at The Unicycle
Factory. I had the 24" option built into the frame so I could switch
between a 20" and 24" wheel. (Done by welding the cross in the A-frame a
little higher. Schwinn giraffes also had that option.) I used my 9 foot
for parades for many years with a 24" wheel. It was much better for longer
distances than a 20" wheel. 20" is much better for tricks or juggling on.
Choose the wheel size that works best for the type of riding your going to
be doing. 20" is best for tall unicycles.

Hope this helps,

Darren

John Foss wrote:

> > Is it uncommon to find a giraffe with a larger wheel? If so, does
> > anyone know why?
>
> Giraffes are silly things to use for transportation. They are for
> shows and showing off (by the vast majority of buyers). So, the 20"
> wheel was always easy to get tires for, and fits well in the back of
> the car… :slight_smile:
>
> Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
> www.unicycling.com
>
> "Our time is a most precious commodity, but it’s how we spend it that
> makes us rich." - John Foss

Thanks. This tells me what I want to know and is kind of what I expected.