MUni Giraffe?

It kinda looks like it just might go off road, doesn’t it? Or trials with that bouncy looking tire.

It’s past my bedtime. I better log off now. I think I need sleep.

MUni Giraffe?

No, no, no, NO! If you want a MUni Giraffe, take a look at this!

Its well cool! :smiley:

Have fun,
Joe

Is that Scott Cooper’s website?
I know he rides a muni giraffe, and Ive seen some pretty cool pics of it.
He finished a race last year without a single dismount or UPD on his giraffe this past year I beleive.

Scott

Hi Scott.

From what i have gathered, they are a unicycle club called “Idiots On Unicycles”. I love there web site, its just ashame about all the pop-ups.

Joe,

(p.s. scott. I remember u sed u collected model cars aswell! Kool. Yesterday i got this r/c by kyosho (so its obviosly good!) called a Palm Runner. Its only a 1/32 scale, but its kool. Just thought id mension it!) :smiley:

Re: MUni Giraffe?

No it’s IOU - Simon from England’s site. Scot’s site is
http://www.unitours.org/tours/ScotCooper/ but doesn’t have any photos of the
Muni giraffe. If you look at the riders page for the NUT it has a nice
picture of him riding the Muni giraffe in the Mt Diablo Challenge which he
cranked without a dismount, 10.8 miles and about 3300’/1000m.
http://www.unitours.org/tours/NUT/Riders.htm

My favorite picture of him Muni-giraffing (that I took anyway) is
http://tinyurl.com/4cyc - it’s on Mr Toad’s Wild Ride at Lake Tahoe,
California, a famous mountain bike ride.

—Nathan

“Scott Stephens” <Scott.Stephens.h5d0a@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in
message news:Scott.Stephens.h5d0a@timelimit.unicyclist.com
>
> Is that Scott Cooper’s website?
> I know he rides a muni giraffe, and Ive seen some pretty cool pics of
> it.
> He finished a race last year without a single dismount or UPD on his
> giraffe this past year I beleive.
>
> Scott

I need to see a MUni Giraffe on video. Could someone please post one?

Is it possible to hop with a Giraffe?

Daniel

a GiMUni?

Can I call it a GiMUni? Pleeeeeease? I take that as a yes. Anyhoo, I “need” one of those. How much do you think it would cost, and is it actually a feasible machine that you can do stuff on?

Any answers to these questions would be appreciated. Or you can just give me some lame jokes about my new acronym. Go ahead. Make my day.

Re: a GiMUni?

The cost depends what you want to put on it. You could be a DM (possibly the strongest) and put a Monty/Onza wheel on. That is basicaly the IOUs ‘GiMUni’. :stuck_out_tongue:

YEs, they are ‘actually feasible machines that you can do stuff on!’ Well i can hop around on mine (6ft DM), but hoping on a 5ft would be easyer, because of the hight you are at, and also the weight!

Joe,

Re: Re: a GiMUni?

How easy do you find hopping? I’ve hopped on the 5½ foot giraffe the jugglesoc has; I always find the weight of it tries to pull the seat out the back, so you’ve got to grab the seat quite hard. Is this a case of practice improving technique, or is this Just What Happens ™?

Not that I hop much on the giraffe, to be fair… the others are better for that… :slight_smile:

Phil

Re: MUni Giraffe?

On Sun, 12 Jan 2003 03:11:03 -0600, joe
<joe.h4yno@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>
>No, no, no, NO! If you want a MUni Giraffe, take a look at ‘this!’
>(http://members.tripod.com/~derek_b/mgir.htm)

Or this:
<www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/rovermuni.jpg>

Klaas Bil

Left-handed people could not become knights because it was thought that they were descendants of the devil.

Klaas, would you be able to give us a little information about that contraption? its quite impressive.

-Mike

No not GiMuni thats worsethan Tuni as I say on behalf of several members including myself. Call it Muni on a…You guessed it Giraffe

Scot Coopers Muni Giraffe is made from an extended Savage giraffe frame. the extensions are welded on to the ends. He also has a larger sprocket welded( I believe to the hub) that gives added torque over a standard 26" Muni.

He is very agile on it and he rides very strong.

Re: MUni Giraffe?

Scot Cooper has hopped up a staircase on his giraffe Muni for a TV show, and
I’ve got the footage, but not downloadable - sorry.

—Nathan

“daino149” <daino149.h5ocn@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> I need to see a MUni Giraffe on video. Could someone please post one?
>
>
> Is it possible to hop with a Giraffe?
>
> Daniel

Re: Re: MUni Giraffe?

I saw Dustin Kelm hop his giraffe up 4 or 5 stairs and then ride down. These were portable unicycle prop stairs set up in a gym. This was at one of the local uni meets in North Bend for the Panther Pride.

Re: Re: Re: a GiMUni?

Hey Phil.

It is quite easy hopping on a giraffe. I do find it harder on my 6ft than a 5ft. This is because all your weight is above halfway and higher up, and so you are less stable (i guess). You get the hang of it with a bit of practice! :smiley: Hopping sideways is also difficult, due to weight and the leaverage on the GiMUni (hehehe)!

Them MUni Giraffes are kool - yer! :stuck_out_tongue:

I aint tryed riding down steps on my giraffe yet, but my freemount success is about 75% now and last night I just learnt to idle one footed on it! :smiley: Im really pleased.

Joe,

joe
where do u put your foot while u r one foot idling?

Hey glid.
(This is the first time anyone in this forum has directly asked ME for advice!! :D)

anyhoo, Its just like in a ‘normal’ unicylce, especialy a Nimbus (or i think u’z in the US of A call it a YUni) with rounded shoulders (not the flat ones!)

I have, rather cleverly made this diagram of were you sohuld place your foot! (NOTE: you do not really use the foot that is ‘up’ for ‘momentum’ as like on a smaller uni!)

oneleg giraffe.jpg

Re: Re: Re: a GiMUni?

You must be leaning too far forward. If you’re straight up above the pedals, the giraffe should behave normally. But if you’re out to the front, this will be magnified by your distance above the wheel axle. The seat will pull toward the rear. Sand up straight, young man!

As for the rovermuni pictures posted by Klas, those were taken by me at the 1999 MUni Weekend in Santa Cruz. I don’t have the guy’s name handy, but the cycle was one he had built for a kinetic sculpture race many years earlier. The race requires riding on a sandy beach, so he used an ATV tire. The unicycle weighs about 70 pounds, and had a huge amount of play in the drivetrain. So much, in fact, that I was unable to ride it in the brief few minutes I was playing with it.

I wouldn’t want to ride it up any hills, but it would be a good beach cruiser.

Re: MUni Giraffe?

On Sun, 12 Jan 2003 18:28:43 -0600, ekimstorm
<ekimstorm.h658z@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>Klaas, would you be able to give us a little information about that
>contraption? its quite impressive.

This is a wooden giraffe built in the 1980’s by Robert Flynn. Here is
a quote from an old post of John Foss to rsu in which he reported
about the 1999 MUni weekend in Santa Cruz, Ca. :

“There was even Robert Flynn from Vallejo, with his 85 pound,
wooden-framed giraffe with a super-fat ATV tire. He built this
unicycle 15 years ago for a kinetic sculpture race, in which entries
have to look cool but they also have to be able to complete the 38
mile route (much of which on a sandy beach) under human power. I tried
riding it, but the 1” of play in the pedal stroke combined with the
weight and traction of the big tire was too much for me, even after a
good 30 seconds of practice with Andy Cotter spotting me :slight_smile: "

Nathan Hoover added (to another thread):

“If that’s the 3 speed one that appeared at '99 California Muni
weekend, it was either 60 or 80 pounds (I forget). It was also tall,
scary and made of WOOD - not really suited to drops, that’s for sure.
I don’t remember the guy’s name who built it either, but it was pretty
wild. You had to stop it to shift gears - by moving the drive belt.”

There is another pic of the same MUni and rider at
<http://unicycle.home.att.net/calmuni99.htm> (near the bottom of the
page) with the caption “Robert Flynn of Vallejo, Ca. rode his Oak
Giraffe w/ ATV tire” (click on the pic for a larger version) .

Oh yeah, John Foss beat me as to a quick answer. Usually, I read rsu
only once per day. I go online, retrieve all messages, go offline and
then read everything. If I have something to write, I do so offline,
then dial in once more, post my stuff and call it a day (for rsu).
That explains any slugginess in my responses.

Klaas Bil

Ride carefully; 25% of the people in the world are caused by accidents.