Hauling uni by bike: Surf rack review

Most of my holidays are cycle touring holidays and I never had a problem with leaving the packed bike somewhere. Of course I mostly avoid cities. The downside of cycle tours is that I cannot unicycle for several weeks. So I can totally see me using something like this, parking the bike on the camp site and then unicycle to town for a beer or so.

Don’t you live in Switzerland though? Here in the US you can see piles of bikes surrounding homeless encampments and I doubt many were purchased legally. Bike theft is a real problem in urban areas here.

I live in rural Switzerland and mostly travel rural Europe by bike (Ireland, Iceland, Sweden, Scotland…) So bike theft isn’t a concern in most of those places, I avoid urban areas anyway.

The solution is of course area dependent. I ride in a relatively bike-friendly city in US (read: not really that good). But what you say is true of just locking a bike up, regardless of a uni.

I beg to differ on mixing 1 wheel and 2 wheels. I mean, to point out the obvious, regular triathlon mixes running, swimming, and biking. Biking and unicycling target different sets of muscles, and as a regular cyclist, I enjoy the 2-wheel/1-wheel biathlon. On my favorite route I average 20mph/30kmph on the bike+uni, then do a 10mi/16km gravel ride on uni.

In short, I bike the fast bits, and muni the fun bits. I’ve been mixing some running into it lately, making it a “2/1/0-wheel triathlon.” Strangely the ankles always give out first, rather than endurance, so I have to be careful there.

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Your ankles? Not your knees? Even with my last ride on the 24, my knees felt sore at the end. I did 10-11 km.

Yes, I have a little wagon that I can use for that. I do grocery shopping with it as I much prefer to get places on my own steam. My set up is really easy. I should try to take a picture of it when I get home (or maybe tomorrow as I have to go out tonight)
Dawson

Today I went for a ride with my unicycle in tow, and then when I arrived I locked up my bike and trailer to the bridge and unicycled.

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O.M.G. I have a cannondale kids trailer from years ago that I have used for my uni since I no longer have children. But I still have my surfboard rack from my youth and never thought of this use, It Is Genius. Thank you, I have learned a new use for it, (and they don’t off balance you noticeably)

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Thanks. I think it works. I definitely got a few looks, but I almost always do because I do unusual things, like everyone else on this forum. Not a problem! I really don’t care if people think it is weird. Actually, I’ve come to like it when people think I am doing weird things.

Keep unicycling!
Dawson

As an engineer it bothers me to see two wheels used to transport something that already has a wheel.
Got a wheel, so use the wheel? I know right? (unless, you just want a bike trailer for other stuff)

Maybe I’ll double click my solidworks and design something for you, when I have a chance. I’m thinking of a quick collapsible frame that supports the unicycle but allows it to roll. Maybe assemble some “off the shelf” carbon fiber tubing and quick clamps.

However, I think the backpack approach might be best. I was going to board a ferry once with my unicycle. Yeah, I have to pay $$ and throw it storage with the other bicycles!!! To avoid this, I was looking for a storage bag. There’s a variety of sizes of bags and cases when it comes to musical instruments.

Specifically cymbals which are made in different sizes(typically 14-20, but as large as 30") with shoulder straps. I found some nice ones for my 24" muni, but I have to remove the cranks. Works great. (Engr: rule #1, don’t make what you can already buy.)
So, check out some instrument bags. Good luck.

…slam…

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My friend, I am an electrical engineer and I don’t agree with you, but that is ok. I mostly use my trailer for shopping trips which involve more than I can carry in my paniers. My point to carrying the unicycle on the trailer is that I can take it easy getting my unicycle to a place that I’d like to spend time and energy on some difficult bits rather than use up my energy riding my unicycle there.

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@jaco_flans has made something that might be what you are looking for :wink:







(edit: just saw that @UniMyra posted a picture of this earlier)

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wow, that is a terrific build. What a great idea!

Haha, that idea strikes me always when I see people taking bikes and unis with their car :laughing:

How does this behave when you go a little bit faster than only 10 kph? I mean, the cranks and pedals will cause quite some imbalance and make the whole steering wobble - but maybe it’s not as bad as I imagine?
Long time ago I was thinking about a unicycle as part of a one-wheeled trailer like the BoB Yak so that I could go on vacations with the recumbent bike and have the uni and a trailer with me to carry tent and stuff. The imbalance caused by the cranks and pedals brought me away from this idea because removing the cranks over and over again to avoid the imbalance is probably not good for most crank interfaces…

I think hauling your uni to your riding destination is very wise wether it be by bike, car or public transport. While using cycling for transportation makes alot of sense especially with high fuel costs, For me I stay off the roads even with my bike these days. I drive my car to my go-to training lot and the local bike paths I frequent. I stopped road riding several years ago after some close encounters with distracted motorists, I have found enough safe and interesting places to ride with out putting my self in harm’s way. I do not ride as a commuter but for fun and exercise and the city I live in has some very nice parks and bike paths that will connect you to most parts of the city. The problem is getting around to the central city and outlying neighborhoods you must venture out into traffic using bike lanes that where an afterthought in urban planning and kind of unnaturally squished in, some motorists ignore them or just flat out don’t know not to drive on them.

I would like to ask what may be a stupid question. In the photo attached to this post, I circled an area that looks like a potential hazard or cause of an injury in a crash.

Will someone please provide an educated opinion as to whether that tube was later shortened after the photo was taken, or does that exposed tube serve a purpose?

I think Maksym (the owner of the first one of these), takes the pedals (or cranks) off sometimes. But on some pictures he has kept the cranks attached too, so I guess for slower sections it’s fine. His usecase is bikepacking, so it’s not really about getting more speed than on a unicycle, but about having more carrying capacity.
I think the pedals are often the biggest culprit of the impalance, unicycles with just cranks wobble a lot less (when you hold the unicycle in your hand and spin the wheel).
And he uses Q-axle, which will probably handle being mounted and dismounted often pretty well (much better than KH spirits anyway).

Probably just left long for the owner to cut when he figured out how high exactly he wants his handlebars. But @jaco_flans will know for sure :wink:

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Client request!

The bike frame is one of mine, not the one that will be ridden with that fork. The rider specified the steerer length of the fork to fit his frame and room for adjustement.

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Good ideas, all. The direction of these designs inspires me to want to do this:
Combine Unicycle #1 + Unicycle #2 = bicycle.

Perhaps, a 36" unicycle + 24" unicycle. So, I can ride long distance and muni on the same day.
Of course, I will have a chain and padlock to store the other unicycle that I am not riding.

Then at the end of the day assemble a “monster penny farthing” to really travel back to my home.

That could be interesting. Perhaps have some pegs so that you can place your feet somewhere when going downhill and then have a brake on the 36 somehow attached to a bar. Then when you go flat or uphill and the pedals slow down you just put your feet back on and pedal away.