Pleased to meet you...

Hi,

I am New to the Mail list, my name is Jan and I’m from St. Paul, MN. My two
youngest kids have been into unicycling the last seven weeks. They attended a
five week class given by the Twin Cities Unicycling Club, joined, and are just
getting up to speed.

The club is great! Lots of skill levels, lots of age groups, and best of all
lots of helpful members.

Betsy, age 10, made a solo trip about half way accross the gym floor last week.

Davy, age 7, still needs someone to help him ballance.

We are hoping our 13 year old ,Valerie, will get interested soon.

My wife, Vicki, and I just supply long distance transportation at this time.

Just to start things off:

Has anyone ever heard of a wooden unicycle? If not, How about one where all
visible parts appear to be wood? There are a number of historical festivals, I
was wondering how unicycling would blend in?

Thanks for having the maillist, Jan

Re: Pleased to meet you…, wooden unicycles

JStefan@aol.com wrote:
|> I am New to the Mail list, my name is Jan and I’m from St. Paul, MN. My two
|> youngest kids have been into unicycling the last seven weeks. They
Welcome to the onewheeling world…

|>
|> Has anyone ever heard of a wooden unicycle?

Bill Jenack, the “father of modern unicycling”, has (had) wagon-wheel unicycles.
We also made and rode a couple in Japan. They’re real heavy and hard to
maneuver, but I guess look pretty historical.

Regards,

Jack Halpern IUF Vice President

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Re: Pleased to meet you…, wooden unicycles

>JStefan@aol.com wrote:
>|> Has anyone ever heard of a wooden unicycle?
>
Jack Halpern wrote:
>Bill Jenack, the “father of modern unicycling”, has (had) wagon-wheel
>unicycles. We also made and rode a couple in Japan. They’re real heavy and hard
>to maneuver, but I guess look pretty historical.

My third National Unicycle Meet was at Macalaster (sp?) College in St. Paul, MN
(see my photo on the back of the Miyata book). At that convention, somebody
brought an all-wood unicycle. It was built in antique style, but was not
intended for riding. Ask people at TCUC if they know who owns it.

Bill Jenack, Tom Miller, Bernard Crandall (see THE UNICYCLE BOOK) and others
have had wagon wheel unicycles. Bill Jenack’s was a 46" wheel made by an Amish
wheelmaker in PA. The frame was made by Tom Miller as one of his first big wheel
frames, in the late 70’s. It weighs about 50 pounds and rides great in a
straight line, but is difficult on turns due to the strong gyroscopic force and
inertia. I also would not like to ride it up (or down!) and big hills!

John Foss, President International Unicycling Federation unifoss@cerfnet.com

Re: Pleased to meet you…, wooden unicycles

According to unifoss@CERF.NET:
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  • >JStefan@aol.com wrote:
  • >|> Has anyone ever heard of a wooden unicycle?
  • >
  • My third National Unicycle Meet was at Macalaster (sp?) College in St. Paul,
  • MN (see my photo on the back of the Miyata book). At that convention,
  • somebody brought an all-wood unicycle. It was built in antique style, but
  • was not intended for riding. Ask people at TCUC if they know who owns it.
  • Being a member of Twin City Unicycle Club, I know that none of the active
    members have a wooden unicycle. Brett Schactly (sp) (the founder of TCUC) has
    a wooden big wheel. It is in very good shape and looks nice. I saw it this
    summer at Unicon VII when he came to the picnic after the marathon. I didn’t
    get to ride it so I’m not sure how it handles.

Andy


Andy Cotter cotter.cae.wisc.edu Vice President of Unicycling Society of America
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