Re: Grumblings about Miyata
Beirne Konarski <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>My plan at this point is to buy a nut, bolt, and a washer and crank it down.
>I’ll keep these solutions in mind, though, if it doesn’t work. It does seem
>like a lot of work, though, after having bought the world’s most expensive
The early Miyata’s had a weak seat post clamp that would bend easily, if over
tightened. I only suggested replacing the clamp, because I thought it had
already been damaged by over tightening. A properly adjusted quick release
should provide enough torque to tighten the clamp. If not, I suggest you get a
quick release with a longer handle. (In my opinion, quick releases should never
have been made with the typical short handle.)
>I compared fork tops on my three unicycles, which are an old Schwinn, a 28" UF
>based on the Semcycle XL (I think) and the Miyata. In spite of the large slope,
>my foot stays planted fairly well on the Schwinn. The fork tops are sloped on
>the Miyata, and the surface is smaller than the Schwinn. The UF may have the
>best design, having flat fork tops; no slope. Unfortunately I am not limber
>enough to put my foot there on the 28" model; when I’ve tried one- foot tricks
>I just rest my foot against the fork. I may try the grip tape on the Miyata.
The Miyata Deluxe has fork tops that slope no more than 5-10 degrees from
horizontal with a somewhat smaller surface area, plus the chrome is highly
polished. The Miyata Standard has fork tops that are completely horizontal with
a little larger surface area, plus the painted surface is not as slippery as
highly polished chrome. If the Miyata Standard also comes with a 36 hole alloy
rim and alloy cranks, it is clearly better than any Miyata Deluxe, unless you
like the more stylish look the Miyata Deluxe’s chromed frame.
Anyone considering a Miyata, get the Standard (if it comes with 36 hole alloy
rim and alloy cranks) rather than the Deluxe and save yourself a little money.
>I’ll see. I think a firm metal seat would be preferable.
Yes, but then you can’t blame your seat for all your falls any more. I’ve added
a diagonal brace on the seat post in front which may reduce the flexing a bit.
It was intended to keep the front bracket of the seat post from flexing, bending
or breaking. Miyata has since improved the design of the seat post, but I’ll
keep using my brace.
>My Miyata came out of the box a month ago, so I assume I have the latest model.
>If I could redo things I would get a Semcycle XL. It would give me the flat
>fork top and is otherwise a sturdy unicycle. I’ll be teaching some people to
>ride this spring and this is what I’ll recommend that they get, although in
>that case its the only option, since Miyata’s are difficult to get and are
>overpriced for the beginner (and I guess now for me).
Semcycle markets the Semcycle XL as a product that is inferior to the Semcycle
itself. Given that I would be shocked if the Semcycle LX is proven to be better
than the current Miyata, either Deluxe or Standard. However, I shouldn’t compare
them as I have no personal experience with the Semcycle LX.
I would strongly recommend the Miyata Standard as a first unicycle!
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Ken Fuchs <email@example.com