Marathon (42.2km) on unicycle: 1:41:15

Hi!

For the second time I competed in a city marathon with my geared up unicycle last friday. It was the ‘Guetersloh City Classics’, an inline skate race on a 4.8km lap which had to be ridden 9 times for the 42.195km distance. Unfortunately it was raining during the race and so the inline skaters had to slow down for 500m on a cobbled pavement near the finish. Each lap I lost a few seconds because it was too dangerous to pass the skaters. Nevertheless I set a new personal best marathon time with 1:41:15. The average speed was exactly 25km/h (=15.54 mph). I hope to reach a 1:3x:xx time in my next marathon.

Frank Bonsch

Re: Marathon (42.2km) on unicycle: 1:41:15

wow! good for you. my boohiney hurts just reading about it.
please tell us about your geared up unicycle

Re: Re: Marathon (42.2km) on unicycle: 1:41:15

It is very similar to the one build by Greg Harper without the ability to shift gears. It is described on

http://www.unicycle.de.vu

Since the first marathon it is eqiuipped with a 28" rim so it is 44,3" (28"*1.58).

Frank Bonsch

Re: Marathon (42.2km) on unicycle: 1:41:15

Any plans to manufacture this hub in volume?

I’d love to gear a 20 inch as a 30 inch. The smaller wheel
of the 20 inch would be much more portable – e.g., on airplanes –
than a real 30 inch wheel.

On Mon, 6 Oct 2003 06:30:24 -0500, UniFrank
<UniFrank.uvl41@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>Memphis Mud wrote:
>> *
>> please tell us about your geared up unicycle *
>
>It is very similar to the one build by Greg Harper without the ability
>to shift gears. It is described on
>
>http://www.unicycle.de.vu
>
>Since the first marathon it is eqiuipped with a 28" rim so it is 44,3"
>(28"*1.58).
>
>Frank Bonsch

Re: Re: Marathon (42.2km) on unicycle: 1:41:15

No, because of several resons I won´t manufacture and sell this hub.

Sorry!

Frank

Re: Re: Re: Marathon (42.2km) on unicycle: 1:41:15

i dont mean to pry…
but i am curious about these reasons

if u do not wish to discuss them in public, just say the word and i’ll back off and leave it alone

i thought i would at least ask

:slight_smile:

Hi Dave,

no problem to tell about the reasons:

  1. It would be very expensive to manufacture the hub at a high quality.

  2. (most important for me) If I sell this hub to anybody and he gets hurt in an accident I would be responsible for that in some way. And I don´t want to.

  3. For myself I have decided that unicycling (and all that is associated with unicycling) should be hobby and fun for me, not work.

  4. I don´t want to be in business competition with Greg :wink:

Frank Bonsch

kewl, thanx for explaining that

good thinking, except for point 4…

:wink: