Not a recumbent unicycle

I often regret not having a photo of a unicycle that I rode at the BJC in
1995. Then this evening I remembered that I did take pictures of it at
the 1997 BJC.

It’s not a recumbent unicycle, but I remember it having a remarkably
recumbent-like feel to it. Probably because the BB is forward of the
saddle, so the riding position is almost like a CLWB bent bike.

I’ve no idea of the name of the guy who made it. Anyone else know?
You can see the pictures here:



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RE: Not a recumbent unicycle

> It’s not a recumbent unicycle, but I remember it having a remarkably
> recumbent-like feel to it. Probably because the BB is forward of the
> saddle, so the riding position is almost like a CLWB bent bike.

James Green of Detroit brought a similar “chopped and modified” bicycle to
the 1985 (or so) USA Nationals. His still had the front part of the bike’s
frame, with some padding on the head tube, so it could be ridden vertically.
He called his a “Biyucycle”. I guess if he was from Louisiana it would be a
“Bayou Cycle” (same pronunciation). It was fun to ride, easy to make, and
probably good for shows, as a non-unicycling audience could relate to it.
You just had to be careful to not bang the chain into the ground, same as
Eric Kolb’s recumbent.

Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
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Phoenix recently, three!

Re: Not a recumbent unicycle

Hi Danny

I would try this one out on the rec.juggling newsgroup if I was you. I am
not 100% sure but I think that guy is one of the crew from the now defunct
Mushy Pea juggling shop in Manchester. Chances are, if I am right, someone
there will know his name.

Regards

David Straitjacket
www.straitjacketcircus.co.uk

Go on, be kind. My guestbook supplier closed down without warning and we
lost all the messages. Go along to our website and write us some new ones,
you know you want to! Ohhhhhh… please! Well, sod ya then!

Looks like a skatebike with a large wheel. Try www.maxskatebike.com
I had a few when I was a kid.

Re: Not a recumbent unicycle

You sure about that David? All three pictures show the sun shining
brightly, so the chances of this being Manchester have to be pretty low.

“David Straitjacket” <david@DELETETHISstraitjacketcircus.co.uk> wrote in
message news:u953pfhf47vs8c@corp.supernews.com
> Hi Danny
>
> I would try this one out on the rec.juggling newsgroup if I was you. I am
> not 100% sure but I think that guy is one of the crew from the now defunct
> Mushy Pea juggling shop in Manchester. Chances are, if I am right, someone
> there will know his name.
>
> Regards
>
> David Straitjacket
> www.straitjacketcircus.co.uk
>
> Go on, be kind. My guestbook supplier closed down without warning and we
> lost all the messages. Go along to our website and write us some new ones,
> you know you want to! Ohhhhhh… please! Well, sod ya then!
>
>

Re: Not a recumbent unicycle

John said…

‘You sure about that David? All three pictures show the sun shining
> brightly, so the chances of this being Manchester have to be pretty low.’

I didn’t actually say that the picture was taken in Manchester, I just said
that I thought the person in it used to work in a shop in Manchester.
Chances are he moved to warmer climes as soon as the shop closed. I can’t
really blame him. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

David

Re: Not a recumbent unicycle

jspilsbury wrote:
> You sure about that David? All three pictures show the sun shining
> brightly, so the chances of this being Manchester have to be pretty low.

<g>
There was the story of the visitor to Manchester, who asked a local child if
it ever stopped raining. The child responded “Dunno, I’m only 8”.

Anyway, the picture was taken at the 1997 BJC in Nottingham. And in
response to a couple of people who thought it looked like a Skatebike, this
has only one wheel, Skatebikes have 3.

The guy who made it told me that he wanted a unicycle, but decided he
couldn’t afford one. He had an old bike laying around, so he turned it into
a unicycle.


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oops my bad.:o

Re: RE: Not a recumbent unicycle

I saw one of those in Central Park once about 5 years ago. It was pretty cool. Hmmm… Idea… I’m going to make one, and dont try to stop me.
-David Kaplan

RE: Not a recumbent unicycle

Looks like a perfect candidate for a Schlumpf Speed Drive. Hmm, I’ve got an old DF bike in the shed, and a Speed Drive on the way for my recumbent.
But, I’m still falling off the chicken.

Re: RE: Not a recumbent unicycle

I think Chicken is the ability to ride, and the egg is the unicycle.
-David Kaplan

Re: Not a recumbent unicycle

> There was the story of the visitor to Manchester, who asked a local child
if
> it ever stopped raining. The child responded "Dunno, I’m only 8 "

Grrrrrrrrrrrr

Manchester is not that wet! And anyway, these gills we Mancunians are
evolving can only be a good thing :slight_smile:

RE: Not a recumbent unicycle

Thanks, David. No wonder I’ve been having so much trouble. I better go apologize to the chicken.:smiley:

Re: Not a recumbent unicycle

David Straitjacket wrote:
> Manchester is not that wet! And anyway, these gills we Mancunians are
> evolving can only be a good thing :slight_smile:

I often think the reputation seems somewhat unfounded, given that I’ve
visited
Manchester probably about 20 times and I’ve only once known it to rain.

Mind you, most of my visits have been in mid-summer.


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