So much for the “dry storage” quoted by the seller.
Those Schwinn rims will clean up of rust remarkably well, unless it’s really thick. Might be worth a try. But if the rim is that far gone, I recommend looking for a 28-hole “conventional” rim so you can choose from a much wider variety of tires.
Oh, just standing around. Ha ha. That example shows the basic idea. Josue Barreto is pedaling with both hands, which I never learned. I hold the frame or seat with one hand. My big trick with the pegs is a spin. Notice in the following pictures he is “freehanding” it, using his feet to try to hold the frame up. I don’t know if he had ever tried it before that.
In the early 90s, I think it was Jose Roman (also from Puerto Rico) who climbed down from the seat to the pegs, and then later back up to the seat, without touching the ground.
Those are BMX Freestyle pegs, but they’re from the 80s so you’ll have to find your own. Also there isn’t a whole lot of thread for them to attach to, so use them carefully. I think I damaged the threads on my axle with them.
Actually it’s a chrome chain. I wouldn’t recommend trying to chrome a non-chromed one. Probably a lot of expense to watch it flake off later. That chain predates being able to find products online, so hopefully you can find one easily now. Two, actually. And a chain tool if you don’t have one.
I used to buy a new chain every few years, as having one break in the middle of a show can be dangerous, not to mention messing up what is usually the end part of the show. But I do a lot less giraffing these days, so the current chain is probably at least 16 years old. I bought my Giraffe unicycle 30 years ago last Thursday. It was the first unicycle I owned.
Keep in mind that these “new” tires are almost as old as (if not more than) my Giraffe. I still have a couple of them (from Tom) hanging up in my garage. They look fine, but time and air may have done some damage to them. The tire I’m currently using has probably been on there for 20 years. With a 1-tooth difference between top and bottom sprockets, it wears evenly! Again, I’d go for finding a new rim if you can, though I see you live pretty close to Kokomo.