More fun stuff to try on your unicycle!

Here’s a neat visual trick you might like to try - I took an old kids bicycle
(like one with a banana seat) that was discardable, removed the handlebars,
wheel and fork and reassembled them, so that now you have front end of a bike.
Get on your uni and push this around. It’s not tough, nor would I recommend it
for learning, but it gets a good reaction from bystanders - when you see two
wheels moving along, you just don’t expect sudden 180’ turns, one wheel dropping
back to be beside the other, slaloming, that sort of thing. It’s fun to play
with (and wheelies are easy :-).

Also, people can’t say those silly things like ’ hey you forgot your other
wheel’ (if they try it, now you can throw a wheel at them :->). /

\ 0 | Bert Neff --|-- bneff@melpar.esys.com
| Leesburg, Virginia USA
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Re: More fun stuff to try on your unicycle!

First an introduction…

I am a sophomore at Harvey Mudd College and I started riding unicycles last yeat
on the club’s “ball buster” uni (badly deformed seat.) Needless to say, I was
much happier when I got my own uni during Christmas that year. There was no
place to ride at home (I couldn’t handle flat roads let alone the large hills
near my house) but within three days of returning to school, I probably doubled
my skill level and then some (funny how a comfortable seat help :slight_smile: Anyway, I’m
now competent at using the uni for transportation, and I was using it for that
last year. Since I broke my arm this summer (yes it was bad, and no it wasn’t on
a unicycle) I havn’t rode much. But I eagerly wait for my bone to be strong
enough so that I can ride without fear of reinjury.

Now for the response to Bert Neff’s post.

As my old friend Bert Neff used to say:
>
> Here’s a neat visual trick you might like to try - I took an old kids bicycle
> (like one with a banana seat) that was discardable, removed the handlebars,
> wheel and fork and reassembled them, so that now you have front end of a bike.
> Get on your uni and push this around. It’s not tough, nor would I recommend it
> for learning, but it gets a good reaction from bystanders - when you see two
> wheels moving along, you just don’t expect sudden 180’ turns, one wheel
> dropping back to be beside the other, slaloming, that sort of thing. It’s fun
> to play with (and wheelies are easy :-).
>
> Also, people can’t say those silly things like ’ hey you forgot your other
> wheel’ (if they try it, now you can throw a wheel at them :->).

I’ve seen people try this with another unicycle (when they were transporting it
to somewhere, and that sounds a lot like the Super Trick Cycle (aka Stupid…)
which John mentioned a post or two ago. Of course, wheelies on a STC are more
challanging (under control that is… :slight_smile: and you can’t throw the wheel to/at
someone, but it is the same general idea.

    Chris.

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Re: More fun stuff to try on your unicycle!

When my brother was a kid, someone trashed his new bicycle, so he did what you
did–took the handlebars, front fork, and front wheel off and gave them to me to
use with my unicycle, and I sure did get a lot of funny looks.

My brother always has a way to make something good of a bad situation…

       Dan

From: bneff@melpar.esys.com (Bert Neff) X-Mailer: ScoMail 1.0 Date: Wed, 9
Nov 1994 14:42:21 -0500 (EST)

Here’s a neat visual trick you might like to try - I took an old kids bicycle
(like one with a banana seat) that was discardable, removed the handlebars,
wheel and fork and reassembled them, so that now you have front end of a
bike. Get on your uni and push this around. It’s not tough, nor would I
recommend it for learning, but it gets a good reaction from bystanders - when
you see two wheels moving along, you just don’t expect sudden 180’ turns, one
wheel dropping back to be beside the other, slaloming, that sort of thing.
It’s fun to play with (and wheelies are easy :-).

Also, people can’t say those silly things like ’ hey you forgot your other
wheel’ (if they try it, now you can throw a wheel at them :->). /

\ 0 | Bert Neff --|-- bneff@melpar.esys.com
   |     Leesburg, Virginia USA
  / \

Re: More fun stuff to try on your unicycle!

Julian Orbach <julian@cs.uq.oz.au> writes:
>> Here’s a neat visual trick you might like to try - I took an old kids
>> bicycle (like one with a banana seat) that was discardable, removed the
>> handlebars, wheel and fork and reassembled them, so that now you have front
>> end of a bike.

>I thought of a similar visual gag, but I haven’t tried it yet.
>
>Get a small old bmx wheel and a bike pump. Ride along looking frustrated,
>pumping madly - as though you are only riding on one wheel until you can get
>this other blasted wheel pumped up.
>
>When you get bored of that, get an old steering wheel, and hold it in front,
>while making brrrm brrrm noises and pretend to use it to steer. Making
>appropriate honking noises when pushing on centre of the wheel.
>

I’ve also taken a hobby-horse (horse head on a stick) and attached it under the
seat. Then , don your chaps, spurs and six-shooters and go for a ride. A little
exageration to you idling and it looks like your riding a bucking bronco.

>Talking of honking, has anyone got one of those old car-horns with a air-bulb
>that you squeeze? Are they juggleable?

Yes, and Yes. Very nice way to gather a crowd if you squeeze the bulbs before
each throw. I prefer the ones for bicycles as the size if somewhat smaller.

Jerry Carson jcarson@mcgh.org

Re: More fun stuff to try on your unicycle!

> Here’s a neat visual trick you might like to try - I took an old kids bicycle
> (like one with a banana seat) that was discardable, removed the handlebars,
> wheel and fork and reassembled them, so that now you have front end of a bike.

I thought of a similar visual gag, but I haven’t tried it yet.

Get a small old bmx wheel and a bike pump. Ride along looking frustrated,
pumping madly - as though you are only riding on one wheel until you can get
this other blasted wheel pumped up.

When you get bored of that, get an old steering wheel, and hold it in front,
while making brrrm brrrm noises and pretend to use it to steer. Making
appropriate honking noises when pushing on centre of the wheel.

Talking of honking, has anyone got one of those old car-horns with a air-bulb
that you squeeze? Are they juggleable?

These stunts are unlikely to keep you amused for hours, but you might get a few
laughs from kids, and kids-at-heart.

Regards,

Julian

– Julian Orbach (julian@cs.uq.oz.au) – University of Queensland,
Brisbane, Australia