I give the Reeder handle a big thumbs up. I’ve got one on my 20 and 24 and
wouldn’t settle for anything else. It gives a very firm and clean grip and
doesn’t flex or rip. I did bust one (which was down to a bad weld) when I
pulled the main handle section clean of while jumping on to a pallet.
Definitely a slow motion UPD moment that one. But that was one out of 3
handles I’ve had (and I’ve never heard of anyone else breaking one) so I
wouldn’t worry about it.
That said there is the new Velo seat coming out and the Muniac has been
working on a Miyata compatible replacement that sounds pretty tough so there
’s definitely more out there… in the distance… teasing… taunting us
for a short while longer
It’s still possible to hold a Reeder handle with the other hand. Unless you’
re a very ambidextrous rider and use both hands a lot I wouldn’t let it put
i realy like my reeder handle, apart from the fact that a couple of my non unicycling friends say that it looks like a big…well, lets just say it would look realy suspect if you put a pink handlebar grip on it.
as for it getting in the way it isn’t realy a problem, not even for unispins.
it doesent seem to bother me if i need to hold on with my other hand, i just hold onto the seat.
i have my handle a viscount seat, i just peeled back the cover, drilled the holes, bolted it on and then filled the holes in the foam with some different foam and then stuck the cover back on with copydex glue.
If you didn’t know, I make the “Reeder” handles available from Unicycle.com. I’d like to respond to Neil’s post.
A very small number of the first handles I produced were “gas welded”. Neil had one of these handles. I have a few unicycles that still use these gas welded handles, with out any problems.
Every handle after those first few has been MIG (metal inert gas) welded. MIG welding is a much cleaner looking, stronger weld.
I’ve done some very abusive strength testing on one of these MIG welded handles. This consisted of mounting the handle on a heavy 6 foot 4"x4" piece of lumber which was then repeatedly thrown around on concrete. I tried to make the handle land such that it was the first point of contact and absorbed the full force of the lumber. After the test the handle still fit in the welding fixture (read: it was not deformed) and the only signs of the test were a few scratches from the concrete.
I stand behind anything I make. If you should manage to break something, contact me and I will fix or replace it for no charge.
I’ve been using mine since August 2001 - that’s a ton of Muni hours. I like
it so much I just bought a matching one for my Coker. Rode it to work this
morning and just love it. To me, this is a huge advance over the Miyata