HARDCORE

Being the “hardcore” unicyclist that I am, I use my unicycle rather intensely.
Currently I’m going on my second unicycle, a 24’’ Schwinn, that I love to death.
My parents got it for me last Christmas and I’ve been exuberant ever since. I
must admit that I am a true unicycle addict. A day doesn’t pass in which I
cruise the Bloomsburg University campus with stares and comments coming from all
directions. However, I am fearful that, like my first unicycle which was a
Toubouke (I’m not certain about the spelling), I will destroy the intergrity of
the my Schwinn’s tire rim. I pretty much decimated my first unicycle’s wheel
after it had served my addiction diligently for 13 years. What I am getting at
is this: I would like to buy the most durable unicycle out there so that I can
perform tricks such as bunny hopping off of three foot picnic tables and riding
down staircases without having to worry about the wheel collasping under the
force. What unicycle brand would best suit my needs? Are there any unicycle
manufacturers that make unicycles with the wheel type known as mag wheels? Mag
wheels are highly durable plastic wheels (no spokes) that can take all sorts of
abuse. A lot of dirts bikes come with mag wheels. Also, is there any place on
the Internet where I can get some neat unicycle ascii art? I’d very much
appreciate any help with these questions.

UUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUU
NNNN NNNN NNNN NNNN UNIMAN!!! NNNN NNNN NNNN NNNN IIIIIIIIII IIII IIII IIII IIII
III III III III III III III III III III IIII IIII IIII IIII IIIIIIIIII

Re: HARDCORE

On Thu, 11 May 1995, Scoots the Biscuit Triscuit wrote:
> addiction diligently for 13 years. What I am getting at is this: I would like
> to buy the most durable unicycle out there so that I can perform tricks such
> as bunny hopping off of three foot picnic tables and riding down staircases
> without having to worry about the wheel collasping under

Take a hint from mountain bikers - not one serious biker would ever, ever be
seen on a steel rim. Aluminium rims are so much stronger. Now you might say that
mtber’s are fixated on reducing weight so use ally, but for a given weight
aluminium rims are much stronger than steel.

Slight prob admittedly in that decent 24" rims are few and far between, but it
is entirely possible to get a 26" wheel into a 24" frame. I know coz Paul
Makepeace has just done it, with approx 3mm clearance over his slick tyre. Going
to 26" also makes available a huge range of decent tyres, from roadie style
kevlar beaded 115psi 25mm slicks to 2.2" knobblies.

If you want a strong 26" rim then any of the decent mtb rims will be fine.
Prices start at $20ish. For a unbreakable rim, get a Mavic 281, designed for
tandems. If you ever break one of these by riding it I’ll… well, I’ll shake
you by the hand, that’s what I’ll jolly well do.

Jez jpw24@cam.ac.uk