Has anyone ever made an extreme Unicycle???

I searched through the forums, but I havent found much yet. I have also gone through some online unicycle catalogs. I have ideas for a design, but why reinvent the one-wheel if it already exists? Basically I’m looking for a unicycle with a free-flowing forward wheel and a 3to1 gear ratio that is NOT a giraffe. I would like to join my brother as he skateboards at local skate parks on the ramps and such and my current uni of course does not allow me to do so. Oh how it would be a dream come true if I could do so, maybe they would add unicycling to the X-Games… If anyone knows if such a thing exists, I would be overly joyed.

Oh, and just to say ‘Hi’, My name is Oshortwan, I am a college student, and have been unicyling for two years now, and had been trying to learn quite a few prior to figuring it all out. Thanks for the info and I’ll be droppin by often now!

-Oshortwan
oshortwan@hotmail.com

Oshortwan,

Your dream of a 3:1 ratio unicycle is something you might want to think
about before building. Even a 2:1 ratio makes a unicycle pretty sluggish,
and is best for riding straight and fast only. I don’t know what kind of
results to expect in a skate park type of environment.

Also, before going to too much trouble, make sure your local skate park
will let you in with a unicycle in the first place. Most of the ones I’m
familiar with will turn you away, no-questions-answered. They only allow
inline skates and skateboards, and that’s that. But if this is not true in
your case, I’d like to come visit sometime!

When you say free-flowing wheel, do you mean a freewheel? Uh oh…

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

There can be a fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.” – scary
reality-check for unicyclists

> -----Original Message----- From: owner-unicycling@winternet.com
> [mailto:owner-unicycling@winternet.com]On Behalf Of oshortwan Sent:
> Sunday, July 29, 2001 1:55 PM To: unicycling@winternet.com Subject: Has
> anyone ever made an extreme Unicycle???
>
>
> I searched through the forums, but I havent found much yet. I have
> also gone through some online unicycle catalogs. I have ideas for a
> design, but why reinvent the one-wheel if it already exists? Basically
> I’m looking for a unicycle with a free-flowing forward wheel and a
> 3to1 gear ratio that is NOT a giraffe. I would like to join my brother
> as he skateboards at local skate parks on the ramps and such and my
> current uni of course does not allow me to do so. Oh how it would be a
> dream come true if I could do so, maybe they would add unicycling to
> the X-Games… If anyone knows if such a thing exists, I would be
> overly joyed.
>
> Oh, and just to say ‘Hi’, My name is Oshortwan, I am a college student,
> and have been unicyling for two years now, and had been trying to learn
> quite a few prior to figuring it all out. Thanks for the info and I’ll
> be droppin by often now!
>
> -Oshortwan oshortwan@hotmail.com
>
>
>
>
> –
> Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

If you’re ever in Salem, OR we have a public skate park that I’ve played
in on several occasions. The city built it as a compromise to keep the
boarders off the sidewalks. I don’t know what it’s like when the sun
goes down but during the day it’s a downright wholesome environment to
hang out in.

RossB

PS - Keep in mind that at I’m 38 years old and am referred to as the
one-wheeled grandpa.

John Foss wrote:

> Oshortwan,
>
> Your dream of a 3:1 ratio unicycle is something you might want to think
> about before building. Even a 2:1 ratio makes a unicycle pretty
> sluggish, and is best for riding straight and fast only. I don’t know
> what kind of results to expect in a skate park type of environment.
>
> Also, before going to too much trouble, make sure your local skate park
> will let you in with a unicycle in the first place. Most of the ones I’m
> familiar with will turn you away, no-questions-answered. They only allow
> inline skates and skateboards, and that’s that. But if this is not true
> in your case, I’d like to come visit sometime!
>
> When you say free-flowing wheel, do you mean a freewheel? Uh oh…
>
> Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
> www.unicycling.com
>
> There can be a fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.” – scary
> reality-check for unicyclists
>
> > -----Original Message----- From: owner-unicycling@winternet.com
> > [mailto:owner-unicycling@winternet.com]On Behalf Of oshortwan Sent:
> > Sunday, July 29, 2001 1:55 PM To: unicycling@winternet.com Subject:
> > Has anyone ever made an extreme Unicycle???
> >
> >
> > I searched through the forums, but I havent found much yet. I have
> > also gone through some online unicycle catalogs. I have ideas for a
> > design, but why reinvent the one-wheel if it already exists? Basically
> > I’m looking for a unicycle with a free-flowing forward wheel and a
> > 3to1 gear ratio that is NOT a giraffe. I would like to join my brother
> > as he skateboards at local skate parks on the ramps and such and my
> > current uni of course does not allow me to do so. Oh how it would be a
> > dream come true if I could do so, maybe they would add unicycling to
> > the X-Games… If anyone knows if such a thing exists, I would be
> > overly joyed.
> >
> > Oh, and just to say ‘Hi’, My name is Oshortwan, I am a college
> > student, and have been unicyling for two years now, and had been
> > trying to learn quite a few prior to figuring it all out. Thanks for
> > the info and I’ll be droppin by often now!
> >
> > -Oshortwan oshortwan@hotmail.com
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > –
> > Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

Here’s a bit more detail…

>Even a 2:1 ratio makes a unicycle pretty sluggish,
>and is best for riding straight and fast only. I don’t know what
>kind of results to expect in a skate park type of environment.

I was thinking along the lines of BMX style tricks on ramps with a uni. The bottom of the pedals could have curved metal parts that would work like pegs, allowing sliding across the bar at the top of the ramps. The reason for the free-flowing wheel would be so someone could pedal for a bit then line up for the next trick without keeping up with the wheel. The gear ratio would add the extra speed needed to go up and down ramps.

And since the motion would be constantly forward, moving from ramp to ramp on a street course, there would be no worry about going backwards, but that would be the next step eventually. And I figure that as long as the park allows bicycles, they would also allow a unicycle. Anyways, just some more info of what I was thinking about. I’ll post some of the stuff i come across a bit later.

-O’ShortWan
oshortwan@hotmail.com

On Tue, 31 Jul 2001 01:15:08 +0000 (UTC), oshortwan
<forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote:

> ramps. The reason for the free-flowing wheel would be so someone could
> pedal for a bit then line up for the next trick without keeping up with
> the wheel.

Unless you can obtain a licence to include Gilby’s Autobalance system
:slight_smile: in your design, I am not sure if you can stay upright on a
unicycle if you go too fast to keep up with the wheel.

Klaas Bil

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