I have a group of unicyclists that I am meeting with once a week in a church multi-purpose room. To keep the church informed of what we are doing and to create a little uni PR, I wrote a short article for the December church newsletter. A few days after the newsletter came out, I got a call from a church member who wanted to donate a like new, “big” unicycle to the group. This person used to own a bike shop and had sold a few unis. He still had this one in the basement. When I went to pick it up, I found out it was a Miyata Long Flamingo, 5 foot giraffe! Boy was I surprised and excited! This unicycle is in prime condition and has hardly been used. It still has the extra pieces of rubber from the tire production on the center ridge of the tire.
Along with the giraffe I was given a copy of “Anyone Can ride A Unicycle” by Jack Halpern. It’s an IUF booklet, copyright 1988, published by Miyata Industry Co. It’s a fun read once you get past seeing all those guys in those short gym shorts! Just like the ones I used to wear. And yes, I even had the high top socks with the matching stripes. :o Reading this booklet was a little like looking at the ol’ college yearbook. Back to the subject of this thread…
Info on the uni:
Miyata Long Flamingo with blue paint
Miyata Flamingo whitewall tire, 20 X 1.75, by Shinko Rubber Ind, Co, LTD
Rim is marked 20 X 1.75HE Stainless (I assume it’s stainless steel)
Hub is marked S.I.W. and is a 28 hole hub
Miyata seat, blue
The person who donated this uni does not recall much about it and I am looking for some info/history on it.
I see that Miyata’s giraffe is now called the Skycycle. When did Miyata start making the Skycycle and when was the Long Flamingo last produced?
What was it sold for when new?
What is the value of it now? Does it have any value as a collector’s item?
Does it use a standard tire? (Unlike the old Schwinns)
Does the serial number on the uni (1091) tell when it was made?
Any other interesting history on this model?