As you may or may not know, I am training for a cross state (Iowa) unicycle ride coming up this July. I’ve been putting in a lot of Coker miles in preparation for the ride, over 180 in the last two weeks.
I’ve been working on designing a handlebar specific for Cokers/long distance unicycles. I’ve come up with something that I’m really happy with. Pictures are available at:
When I ride with this handle I have both hands on the handle nearly all the time. I wanted something that would allow me to take my weight off of the saddle and put it more on my hands. I feel a lot more stable when using the handle. It significantly reduces the high-speed, side-to-side wobble induced by high RPMs.
You can see the approximate dimensions and shape of the handle in the pictures. I wanted the handle to be positioned in a manner that it wouldn’t be hazardous in the event of an UPD.
As you can see, I have fabricated a computer mount between the two hand grips. It is always visible from a riding position, protected during falls by the handle, and not in the way of my hands.
Unicycle.com will be selling these new handles in addition to the other handles that I make for them (“Reeder” handles). They will not be available for at least 3 weeks, as I am waiting to receive more 4130 ChroMoly tubing. When they are ready, I will post a notice on the newsgroup. Before then feel free to direct questions to me, and not Unicycle.com.
As shown, the handle is mounted on a carbon fiber air seat. This is really the way to go for a long distance saddle in my opinion. It is possible to mount the handle on Viscount type saddles with self tapping screws. It could also be mounted on the stock plastic Miyata base in a manner similar to the one outlined here:
The pictures are of a prototype that has been reworked a few times, and consequently look a little rough. Production versions will be more refined, fixture welded (read: very precise and identical to one another), and painted.
Again, questions are welcomed at: email@example.com