RE: MUni crankarm lengths
> I’m trying to put together an “ultimate municycle” and need some advice on
> crank length.
That’s very much a personal choice. You must consider your local terrain, the
kinds of trails you like to ride on, your trip distance, and most of all your
personal preference. I don’t think leg length has much to do with it, as Roger
Davies and I have the same taste in size. I ride 150s, but there are times I
would like 170s or maybe even longer. But I don’t think I’d want to do a 10+
mile ride with those long cranks.
I was raised on 24" wheels with 140 and 125mm cranks, riding real fast around
the track. I may be less inclined to go to longer cranks that make my legs have
to flex so much. I get pretty good results with 150s on my (26") MUnis, but I’ve
only used longer cranks for relatively short distances, when test riding other
cycles and never for an entire long ride.
> how wide of a tire can you fit into the Telford frame? (John? I know you’ve
> ridden one, I read your review…)
I don’t know the dimensions, but I’m sure your order will involve at least one
call to Geoff Faraghan, and he can tell you the details. I’ve seen Telford
frames with all the fattest tires in them, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
> Also, what is the best way to do the seat?
I don’t have as much of an opinion there, other than to go with the Miyata type.
I love that front bumper as a convenient handle and hand rest! I have a standard
Miyata seat, but it’s on top of a customized post that keeps it from flexing so
I’m not as in need of a carbon base. But you’re building the “ultimate”, so you
should get one of those.
> And should I go with more, or less, padding, or leave it stock?
Definitely change the padding to some sort of air type. I use a single innertube
in mine, but I’m sure a tube/foam or tube/gel combination is a safer setup.
Good luck, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com
“Sometimes there just aren’t enough rocks.” – Forrest Gump