Monocycle on TV

I just caught part of a commercial for Ripley’s Believe it or Not. I believe
it’ll be on Wednesday at 8pm Eastern time on TBS.

I didn’t actually hear any of the commercial, but I am almost certain I saw a
monocycle as I was walking by the television.

jeff lutkus


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Re: Monocycle on TV

It’s episode 204 and airs Wed 8 PM, Wed 11 PM and Sat 10 AM

Here’s the show description from the TBS Superstation web page
http://www.superstation.com/
http://alt.superstation.com/Ripleys/RipleysEpisodeGuide/1,3958,1558,00.html

Big Wheel – Do you remember those three-wheeled plastic vehicles we all used to
pedal around on as kids? Well, this isn’t one of those! Kerry McLean invented a
one-wheeled motorcycle, which he drives from inside the wheel! The tire is 4
feet tall and has a 40 horsepower engine and Kerry has set a world land speed
record riding it. Definitely not a toy for toddlers!

john_childs

>From: Jeff Lutkus <lutkus@unicyclist.com>
>
>I just caught part of a commercial for Ripley’s Believe it or Not. I believe
>it’ll be on Wednesday at 8pm Eastern time on TBS.
>
>I didn’t actually hear any of the commercial, but I am almost certain I saw a
>monocycle as I was walking by the television.
>
>jeff lutkus


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Re: Monocycle on TV

It was a pretty cool segment. They showed a few seconds of (forgot the guy’s
name) other tinkerings this person made. Some of them looked like they could be
quite interesting, but alas, this was not concentrated on.

Making 56mph was impressive, I’ll say that much. I just wish less hype was
given about the speed, and more about the actual building, riding, balancing,
and so on.

jeff lutkus

— “Bruce L. Beverly” <bruceb@mindspring.com>
> wrote: I did see the 4-5 min. segment on the monocycle and its mechanical
> tinkerer inventor — very interesting. It looked like a blast to ride, plus
> the benefit of absolutely confounding onlookers such as the time he pulled up
> to a gas station pump. It looked like he had it licensed (street legal) as a
> type of motorcycle. The stationary stand for “mounting” or getting inside the
> wheel was pretty creative.
>
>The 40hp motor seems like overkill (or underutilization) when you consider that
>his speed record is only 56 mph and wind resistance has to be very low. But, 56
>mph might be pretty daring — considering he’s only got one wheel (that didn’t
>seem to be truly stable), he’s sitting just inches from the pavement, and
>braking forces are relatively small. Any crash would make an instant "ground
>frisbee."
>
>If anyone missed this feature and still wants to see an A+ uni-adventurer,
>catch the re-showing this Saturday (TBS, 10AM EST, the first segment).
>
>Bruce
>
>
>Jeff Lutkus wrote:
>
>> I just caught part of a commercial for Ripley’s Believe it or Not. I believe
>> it’ll be on Wednesday at 8pm Eastern time on TBS.
>>
>> I didn’t actually hear any of the commercial, but I am almost certain I saw a
>> monocycle as I was walking by the television.
>>
>> jeff lutkus
>>
>> _____________________________________________________________
>> Free e-Mail and Webspace - http://Unicyclist.com


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RE: Monocycle on TV

> Making 56mph was impressive, I’ll say that much. I just wish less hype was
> given about the speed, and more about the actual building, riding, balancing,
> and so on.

I guess the main part of the audience doesn’t have the same interests as us.

56mph is definitely the fastest speed I’ve ever heard for any type of one
wheeled vehicle. Though I wrote in a 1983 or 4 USA Newsletter about the
Budweiser Rocket Car lifting up onto the front wheel as it reached the sound
barrier, it was not intended to be driven on one wheel.

Yes, speeds like that on a monocycle should be extremely dangerous. Imagine the
g-force if he jammed on the brakes at that speed? Plus the thing would probably
then bounce the rider to death, due to the off-centered balance point.

I want one.

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

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RE: Monocycle on TV

Just wondering, does anyone have any info on monocycles in general? Does anyone
out there manufactur them. (I think the motorized version still scares me, but
the pedal style looks like it could be a lot of fun to learn to ride.)

jeff

— John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com>
> wrote:

>Yes, speeds like that on a monocycle should be extremely dangerous. Imagine the
>g-force if he jammed on the brakes at that speed? Plus the thing would probably
>then bounce the rider to death, due to the off-centered balance point.
>
>I want one.
>
>John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com
>
>“I’ve had football crammed down my throat all my life. So now I like football.”
>-- 90 year old Ravens fan, commenting on the Superbowl


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Re: Monocycle on TV

I did see the 4-5 min. segment on the monocycle and its mechanical tinkerer
inventor — very interesting. It looked like a blast to ride, plus the benefit
of absolutely confounding onlookers such as the time he pulled up to a gas
station pump. It looked like he had it licensed (street legal) as a type of
motorcycle. The stationary stand for “mounting” or getting inside the wheel was
pretty creative.

The 40hp motor seems like overkill (or underutilization) when you consider
that his speed record is only 56 mph and wind resistance has to be very low.
But, 56 mph might be pretty daring — considering he’s only got one wheel
(that didn’t seem to be truly stable), he’s sitting just inches from the
pavement, and braking forces are relatively small. Any crash would make an
instant “ground frisbee.”

If anyone missed this feature and still wants to see an A+ uni-adventurer, catch
the re-showing this Saturday (TBS, 10AM EST, the first segment).

Bruce

Jeff Lutkus wrote:

> I just caught part of a commercial for Ripley’s Believe it or Not. I believe
> it’ll be on Wednesday at 8pm Eastern time on TBS.
>
> I didn’t actually hear any of the commercial, but I am almost certain I saw a
> monocycle as I was walking by the television.
>
> jeff lutkus
>
> _____________________________________________________________
> Free e-Mail and Webspace - http://Unicyclist.com