I have been trying to make progress on my MUni project while working 60-70
hrs per week. I have had a dickens of a time getting service from the local
bike mechanic, though. I don’t know if he has an attitude about unicycles
(or unicyclists) of if he’s merely lazy and incompetent.
First he was too busy to pull out a catalog and order me a rim (none in the store). So I bought a rim and a uni hub and brought them to him to build a wheel with. After a lot of hemming and hawing about how it was not a standard rim/hub combination and telling me how he'd have to proceed by trial and error to get the right length spokes and that it would therefore cost more, he agreed to take the job. I made it clear I would not balk at paying up to 3 times the normal fee for a wheel build in view of the unusual nature of the job request. "Can you do it?" I asked. "Sure I can do it, I've built thousands of wheels." I finally had to break down and build the wheel myself. After saying he could do it, he sat on my hub and rim for a week and a day then tried to barrage me with a bunch of lame excuses why it was impossible. I took my parts, told him I was tired of hearing excuses and left the premises posthaste. The spokes I mail ordered came today and inside two hours I laced it up. This is the third wheel I have ever laced and the first two were done about 5 years ago, so it took me three tries to dope it out. This ain't rocket science, folks. I plan to have a friend take a picture of me holding the assembled unit which I will mail to this expert wheel builder (with the caption "I did it myself"). A friend of mine at work says his buddy will probably true it "for a six pack of beer" as he trues his own bicycle wheels at home. I took the advice so abundant here on the mailing list and selected a Mavic PSP 231 rim, 26" 36 hole, a Semcycle Deluxe hub and DT Swiss 14 gauge stainless steel spokes with brass nipples. I laced the wheel 4 cross. Since the rim is so narrow I will leave it Presta and keep a Presta adapter with my frame pump & tool kit. Now I must look to having a frame built or adapted and get some cranks. Any advice on this? I want strong high quality 175mm cranks but want a design that won't be too hard to remove the chainring spider from. I have seen some high quality cranksets with the spider riveted or bolted on the back side of the crankarm but so far they have been in the $200-$400 range, too pricey for me. George Peck said (in my copy of the video Rough Terrain Unicycling") that the hub I have selected WILL break eventually from hopping and jumping. He showed several to prove it. He recommended either a Bullseye 4 shoulder or a Phil Wood hollow splined axle as an upgrade when the stock parts eventually break. I don't understand this since these are bicycle component brand names. Must be custom built. Anyone have details on this? Also, where can I get some of those cast aluminum pedals the freestyle bicycle people use? They are all aluminum with a paralellogram profile as viewed from the side. I haven't seen them in the shops around here. Mail order? I welcome your advice and suggestions.