rec.sport.unicycling Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON UNICYCLING

September 5, 1995

*: Means the item is new or recently changed.

 1. Why ride a unicycle?
 2. Who invented the unicycle?
 3. How long does it take to learn?
 4. How do you learn to ride?
 5. Is unicycling dangerous?
 6. How do unicycles work?
 7. How much should I inflate the tires?
 8. Where can I get more information on unicycling?
 9. Where can I get a unicycle?
10. Where can I get parts for my unicycle?
11. What makes a good unicycle?
12. What are the 10 skill levels?
13. What are some different mounts?
14. Where can I find a unicycle club or organization?
15. What are the different types of unicycles?
16. What size wheel should I get?
17. Why don't you get a unicycle with multiple speeds?
18. What unicycling events can I attend?
19. Which end is the front?
20. Where's the other wheel?
21. What is a unicycle under the law?
22. What are some names for unicycles?
23. How do you say unicycle in different languages?

24. Why ride a unicycle?

   The first and most important reason is that it is fun. It's neat being up
   on one wheel, in control. There are other good reasons, though:

    Exercise You are always pedaling a unicycle, so riding is a good
    workout. Riding is a low-impact activity, so it is good for people like
    me with legs wrecked by jogging.

    Transportation Cruising speed is 8-9 miles an hour on a standard 24"
    unicycle, fast enough to use an alternative to a car for local trips. I
    have commuted 3 miles to work up to 5 days a week, and I use it to run
    errands. I am not going to pick on bicycles, but I feel safer commuting
    with the unicycle than with a bike. I can ride the unicycle on the
    sidewalk, out of the way of traffic, without affecting my speed.

    Challenges You never run out of unicycling challenges. After you learn
    to ride forward, you can learn to ride backwards. When you have done
    that you can learn to ride one-footed. You can enjoy what you know, but
    you can always learn more.

25. Who invented the unicycle?

   No one knows. The accepted theory is that in the days of the
   penny-farthing bicycle people found they could ride with the small back
   wheel up in the air. Soon the back wheel was removed.

26. How long does it take to learn?

   There is a wide variation in athletic fitness, balance perception, and
   reaction time among those learning to ride a unicycle. So it is difficult
   to predict roughly how many hours it will take to learn certain
   unicycling skills. An experienced unicycling instructor may be able to
   make a good guess after watching someone ride, but it is impossible
   without first seeing the rider in action.

   It has taken people as short as 15 min. and as long as 6 months to learn
   to ride. However, it generally takes 2-6 weeks of regular practice to
   learn to ride and a few more weeks to learn to do turns.

   Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@icicle.winternet.com>

   A good rule of thumb is that it will take about one week for every day it
   took you to learn to ride a bike. Ed Falk<Ed.Falk@Eng.Sun.COM>

27. How do you learn to ride?

   This comes from a posting by Robert Bernstein(rbernstein@igc.apc.org):

   I am a big proponent of the getting friends to help school. I do not like
   falling down!

   I learned by the MIT Unicycle Club method:
  1.     Get two friends to stand on either side of you and get up on
            the unicycle with your arms around their shoulders.
    
     29. Sit up straight; look straight ahead; weight on seat, not on
         pedals. Rock the pedals to get a sense of balance. Get the pedals
         level; this is when you are in control.
    
     30. Pedal half turns then stop. Then full turns, two turns, etc. Doing
         multiples of half turns (from pedals level to pedals level again)
         is harder than continuously pedaling, but keeps you in control.
    
     31. Switch to holding on to your friends' wrists.
    
     32. Switch to holding on to one friend's wrist.
    
     33. Go off and use a wall instead of your one friend. (If you can't
         find a wall and a flat surface to ride on then continue with one
         friend, but let go as much as you can. Ed.)
    

Steps 1-5 should not take more than an hour (perhaps in 10 minute sessions).
The thing I liked about learning this way is that I never hurt myself in the
process. I have used this technique to teach a couple of dozen people.

   For some people, the get on, fall off do-it-yourself cycle works best.
   It's a matter of personality!

34. Is unicycling dangerous?

   As dangerous as you want it to be. The vast majority of falls leave the
   rider on their feet, as dismounting is a skill learned while learning to
   ride. Most falls occur for just a few reasons: excessive speed,
   exhaustion, lack of attention to the road, and learning new tricks. The
   rider can control all of these factors to their desired comfort and
   safety level.

35. How do unicycles work?

   The key is to keep the center of gravity over the axle. If you start to
   fall forward, you will pedal faster, bringing the wheel back under the
   seat. If you start to fall backward you will slow down, allowing the seat
   to catch up with the wheel.

36. How much should I inflate the tires?

   Generally, unicyclists overinflate their tires by as much as 50% and
   sometimes even more. However, if one is learning to ride on a slippery
   surface (gym floor) and wheel twisting becomes difficult to control, the
   tires can be underinflated to increase the tire area that comes in
   contact with the floor. This will make wheel twisting easier to control.
   Once one has learned to ride, the tire should be inflated to at least the
   recommended pressure.

   Try to get 40-50 psi or more rated tires and you may overinflate these as
   well if you like. However, a 32psi tire will work fine, too.

   Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@icicle.winternet.com>

37. Where can I get more information on unicycling?

      + Books I only know of one book that has been available outside of
        unicycling circles, and that is "The Unicycle Book" by Jack Wiley.
        Fortunately many libraries bought it; I discovered it at my high
        school library in the Dominican Republic. Even though the book was
        written in the early 70's most of the information is still current.
        It tells how the unicycle works, how to learn to ride (the author
        has since promoted simpler methods), how to do some tricks, organize
        a club, build a unicycle, and includes other features as well. The
        book also features a variety of unicyclists, many of whom you can
        meet at the National Unicycle Meet today. This book is out of print
        and replaced by "The Complete Book of Unicycling".

           o From Solipaz Publishing and the Unicycling Society of America,
           all by Jack Wiley
                # How to Ride a Unicycle: This book covers unicycle
                  physics, how to ride, and how to do some basic tricks. Its
                  method is simpler than that of "The Unicycle Book". It is
                  basically several chapters extracted from "The Complete
                  Book of Unicycling".
                # Novelty Unicycling The Ultimate Wheel Book The Complete
                # Book of Unicycling: This book replaces
                  "The Unicycle Book". Much of the content will look
                  familiar if you have seen "The Unicycle Book", but it goes
                  into a lot more detail on tricks and history. The book is
                  slightly out of date but it is still worth getting,
                  because you will find more unicycling information here
                  than anywhere else. It covers solo tricks, group tricks,
                  clubs, history, records, and props, among other things.
                # Basic Circus Skills How to Build Unicycles and Artistic
                # Bicycles The Whole Unicycle Catalog Inside the Wheel: The
                # Complete Guide to Monocycles
Solipaz Publishing Company
P.O. Box 366 Lodi, CA 95241

           o From the Unicycling Society of America
                # Tidbits for Beginners. This contains a variety of
                  articles from "One One Wheel", the newsletter of the
                  Unicycling Society of America.
                # Complete set of all Unicycling Society of America
                  Newsletters since 1974
                # Official Competition Rulebook "On One Wheel" is the
                # newsletter of the Unicycling
                  Society of America. You need to be a member to receive it
                  but it is worth the price. Unicycling Society of America,
                  P.O. Box 40534, Redford, MI 48240.

           o From Semcycle
                # Learning to Ride by Teresa and Sem Abrahams

                  This is really a pamphlet rather than a book. It has no
                  big secrets, but it does contain a good method for
                  learning to ride. o From the New Zealand Juggling
                  Association & Unicycling New Zealand

             Uni News is the newsletter for NZ unicyclists. It is published
             in conjunction with the Flying Kiwi the magazine produced
             quarterly by the NZ Juggling Association. Uni News provides
             information on the National and International scene, featuring
             articles on technique, construction and events. Road tests,
             Buy, sell & Swap. etc.

             For suscription information call, fax or write the
             Unicycle Hotline

             Phone: +64 (07) 839 9005 or 025 761 141

             Fax: +64 (07) 839 9006

             PO Box 776 Hamilton New Zealand

           o From IUF and Miyata
                # Anyone Can Ride a Unicycle by Jack Halpern

                  For the material it covers this is the best book on
                  unicycling. In particular, book tells how to learn to
                  ride, as well as a variety of beginning and intermediate
                  skills. It also covers practical issues like unicycling
                  attire, adjusting the unicycle, and theory.

                  The book is based on what are considered the most
                  effective ways of learning. John Foss helped a lot with
                  reviewing the manuscript and by providing excellent
                  photographs. Much credit is also due to Bill Jenack,the
                  founder of modern unicycling, who has developed most of
                  the techniques introduced in the book.

                  The book comes with Miyata unicycles, and you can also get
                  it from Jack Halpern while supplies last. Miyata is out of
                  stock at the moment, and has no definite plans at this
                  time to reprint it. In the meantime, he will be glad to
                  send you photocopies for $15, including airmail.

                  The amount you send need not be $15 exactly if you send it
                  in another currency. You should send this in cash form,
                  not a check, since it is very difficult to cash a check in
                  dollars in Japan. Supplies are short, so you may want to
                  send e-mail to Jack before sending cash to verify
                  availability. His address is:

                    Jack Halpern 1-3-502 3-Chome Niiza Niiza-shi
                    Saitama 352 JAPAN

                    E-mail: jhalpern@super.win.or.jp

                  Beirne Konarski bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu

           o From Dube and probably elsewhere
                # Unicycling From Beginner to Expert

                  I think Mr. Hoehr's book is pretty good. It's a
                  translation from German, with some resultant oddities, but
                  on the whole I think it is comprehensive, and provides
                  good learning progressions. The book covers learning
                  steps, and some more advanced riding. It also has sections
                  on specialty cycles (mainly giraffes), and a brief history
                  section. I think that this is now one of the better books
                  out on the subject, but could still be improved upon.

Jasan Catan CATANZ47@snycorva.cortland.edu

      + Videos From the Unicycling Society of America o I.U.F. Achievement
        Skill Levels. This is the easiest way for most people to see what
        the 10 skill levels look like. It was filmed at a past National
        Unicycle Meet and has a different person do each skill level, and
        then give some hints. o Rough Terrain Unicycling by George Peck.
        This is a good tape to get even if you don't want to ride over
        boulders or picnic tables, as George does in this tape. It is good
        to see even if you just want to do better on rough roads, trails,
        and curbs. o Unicycle by Cory Riback

        Unicycling Society of America, P.O. Box 40534, Redford, MI 48240.

        If you live in the UK be careful when ordering Video's from the
        states (or anywhere abroad), as the NTSC video system used there is
        not compatible with your UK PAL video. If you do order specify a PAL
        version of the tape, which ther may or may not be able to provide !

        A good video specialist could convert an NTSC video to PAL format,
        but this is going to cost you !

      + The Internet

          Newsgroup There is a newsgroup, rec.sport.unicycling, for
          discussing all aspects of unicycling.

          Mailing list The mailing list is a bi-directional mirror of the
          group rec.sport.unicycling. You can subscribe to the Unicycling
          mailing list by sending the message "subscribe unicycling" to
          majordomo@winternet.com. You can un-subscribe to the same address.

          FTP You can get files on unicycling topics from <a href="ftp://ftp.mcs.kent.edu">ftp.mcs.kent.edu</a>
          in directory pub/Unicycling. The same directory is available via
          mosaic at URL <a href="ftp://ftp.mcs.kent.edu/pub/Unicycling">ftp://ftp.mcs.kent.edu/pub/Unicycling</a>

          World Wide Web

                Unicycling Home Page This is the original unicyling page. It
                has hypertext access to various unicycling topics, and
                includes two movies. The URL is
                <a href="http://nimitz.mcs.kent.edu/~bkonarsk/">http://nimitz.mcs.kent.edu/~bkonarsk/</a>

                Unicycling NZ This covers unicycling in New Zealand, the
                home of unigrid, and includes lots of material of general
                interest as well. The URL is
                <a href="http://central.co.nz/~hjarvie/nzuni.html">http://central.co.nz/~hjarvie/nzuni.html</a>

                Quebec Unicycle Association This page covers various topics,
                including unicycle history, unicycle basketball, and the
                health benefits of unicycling.

                        URLS: <a href="http://www.gel.ulaval.ca/~stpier02/amq/">http://www.gel.ulaval.ca/~stpier02/amq/</a>
                        (French)
                        <a href="http://www.gel.ulaval.ca/~stpier02/amq/homean">http://www.gel.ulaval.ca/~stpier02/amq/homean</a>
                        gl.html (English)

                The German Unicycle Hockey League This page contains
                information on unicycle hockey in Germany. Most of it is in
                English, some of it is in German.

                        URL: <a href="http://roma.dbis.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/">http://roma.dbis.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/</a>
                        ~lauteman/unicycling/index_e.html

        9. Where can I get a unicycle?

Manufacturers

    Miyata This is a popular Japanese brand that recently quit selling in
    the US due to the cheap dollar. You may be able to find some leftover in
    the retail channels in the US. You may also be able to get them in
    Canada, and you can of course get them in Japan. There are rumors that
    they will be imported into the US from Canada. I don't know about
    availability in countries other than Japan.

            The Standard and Deluxe Miyata both have an extremely loyal
            following, and have been used by nearly every world champion
            unicyclist thus far. They also make a 5' blue painted
            giraffe unicycle.

    Semcycle Run by Sem and Theresa Abrahams, who were actually married on
    unicycles. There are two regular models, and a giraffe. The Semcycle,
    though relatively expensive, has extremely strong axle and crank arms,
    and is intended for heavy use by the most demanding of riders. The XL
    models are much less expensive, and built more along the lines of many
    other brands of Taiwanese origin, but with an above-average saddle. Both
    regular wheel models come in 26" wheel size, as well as the usual 24"
    and 20". The 6' giraffe is a chrome A-frame, available with either one
    or two chains. John Foss (Unicycle@aol.com).

    DM DMs are very sturdy and look good. The contour saddles are matched
    only by Semcycles for comfort, though DM straight saddles are an
    instrument of torture (some people apparently prefer them, it takes all
    sorts...). DM contour saddles also have front and back grab rails which
    do duty for holding on to, wheeling, catching while dismounting, but
    mostly taking all the knocks when dropped; my saddle is unscathed after
    a year's abuse, though there's no chrome left on the grab rails.

            DM's giraffes are works of art with twin chains for real
            durability and no twist. The only complaint is that they're a
            bit heavy, but they're built to last. DM's classic design is the
            5' to 8' convertible, where the frame has a 3' extension tube
            and a long set of chains.

            Peter Lister (p.lister@cranfield.ac.uk).

    Unicycle Factory The Unicycle Factory is your one stop source for custom
    cycles, parts, and expert information about unicycles. If you can't find
    it anywhere else, it's because Tom Miller has it. Some of his custom
    models are big wheels (up to 56"), multi-wheels, tennis shoe wheels,
    ultimate wheel kits, giraffes up to 24', basketball-wheeled unicycles,
    etc. John Foss (Unicycle@aol.com).

    Pashley Pashley is a British unicycle that has gone from making junky
    beginner's unicycles to be the first company to make production mountain
    unicycles.

            The older Pashley's have one screw holding each bearing to the
            fork. Once these get stripped (it won't take long), you are
            out of luck.

            The new mountain Pashley is sold by the Ugly Juggling Co, of
            Newcastle on Tyne, UK. It was built by Pashley, to Ugly's
            design they say. Pashley have been actively involved in
            developing a specific machine for mountain unicyling. Their
            products are the most cost effective way of riding uni's
            off-road and new products are in the pipeline. The bearings are
            double bolted into the forks, and show no trace of looseness.
            The saddle is contoured, completely resilient to hitting the
            concrete (still looks like new), and comfortable. The weight is
            about 6Kg, which is not excessively heavy. After a year of use
            (by Chris Hughes) the whole thing is like new except for tyre
            wear and bashed pedals.

            Chris Hughes cdh@wg.icl.co.uk Duncan Castling
            Davies@octacon.co.uk Beirne Konarski bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu

    Cyclepro Another decent value for the price. Made in Taiwan, steel fork
    with bearing holders as described in Pashley/Absolute. Different colors.
    Taiwan steel countour seat with chrome bumpers. Available in 20", 24",
    and sometimes 16". John Foss (Unicycle@aol.com).

    Bogglefingers Butterfingers and Boggle, juggling shops based in Bristol
    and Bath respectively import these. Can't really comment on the quality,
    but they look a better "budget" option than Pashley, for those people
    who can't afford DMs or Sems.

            Peter Lister (p.lister@cranfield.ac.uk).

    Oddcycle Oddball's own uni, built by Sem, looks much like a rebadged
    Sem trainer.

    Emory Frames are made in USA! They are the only ones left! Steel with
    split block bearing holder (similar to Pashley). John Foss
    (Unicycle@aol.com)

    Osells Custom Frames The fork comes together in a curve, the wheel is
    held in place by vertical screws connecting two metal parts arround the
    bearing on each side. Bolts hold the pedals on. Quick release seat
    adjust. Plastic protectors are on the seat but the bolts underneath make
    the seat a little hard to catch. We bought a 20" for around $135

            I have heard some people refer to it as a Landis, but I am
            pretty sure that Osell's built it.

            Jan Stefan (JStefan@aol.com)

    Cycle Designs Cycle Designs is a part of a company named "Ridgeway
    Products" that sells bike parts (not whole bikes). They also carry
    both a 24" and a 20" uni. I have heard the name "Zephyr" when
    referring to these unis -- I don't know if that came from the company
    or is a Muddism.

            The unis are medium quality: they are definitely superior to the
            generic kind that probably all come from the same factory in
            Taiwan. They have a tubular fork with a sloping face where the
            Miatas have a flat one. The fork is very lightweight, but very
            strong. It is chromed from top to bottom.

            The seat is (in my opinion) very comfortable. It is made out of
            a hard plastic frame with black foam molded around
            it. It is very easy to catch when dismounting either forwards or
                backwards. This is a good thing, since there is NO
                protection for the seat (like a metal bar, or a plastic
                piece). The first damage that happens to them is that the
                foam cracks in the front as a result of falling on the
                ground. The seat uses a standard Schwinn seat mount (the
                curved piece of metal with four oval holes) so you can
                easily replace the seat. Seats that fit this mounting style
                are easy to come by.

            The seat post connects to the frame by a standard seat clamp.
            People have a lot of trouble keeping these tight enough to
            resist rotation during tricks. One solution is to put a
            machine screw through the fork and post just to hold the
            alignment and keep the clamp to transfer the rider's weight.
            The metal is almost definitely too thin to handle system like
            Schwinn unis use.

            There's not much to be said about the wheel. It's got a chromed
            rim and some spokes. It seems to be well built. It comes with a
            black tire that looks sharp with the black pedals and seat. The
            biggest problem in the design is in the axle. The axles of the
            unis belonging to our two most demanding riders (hopping, curbs,
            jump mounts, etc.) have been sheared off at the connection
            between the crank arm and the axle. This does not bode well for
            long-term reliability. These unis were less than six months old
            when they broke. The bike shop has been very friendly about
            getting them repaired, though.

            The bearing mounts are also only rank 5 on a scale of 1 to 10.
            They are mounted directly at the end of the fork, providing a
            good metal to metal fit. From the bottom, though, four small
            bolts hold a piece of metal over them to keep them connected to
            the fork. This looks like an accident waiting to happen, since
            the bolts are very small, but we have had no problems with it. I
            suppose I am spoiled by what I consider a 10: the Schwinn method
            of surrounding the bearing with 1/4 inch steel.

            The pedals are standard bicycle types of some sort. They have
            reflectors and little pegs to help keep your foot on. They work
            ok, but this is another place where there is room for
            modification. The cranks connect to the axle just like a Schwinn
            -- no bolts to forever be tightening here! They are 180mm long,
            from end to end (155mm from center to center).

            All in all, I'd say that for the $100 we paid (I think we got a
            slight bulk discount) these unis are good beginner models. If
            you buy one, and really get into the sport, don't expect it to
            last much more than a year or two. Use it to learn on, then buy
            a real uni, like a Semcycle or a Miyata.

            The company can be reached at (US only, sorry) 800-869-9866.
            They only sell to dealers, but they can probably find you a
            dealer in your area. The bike shop we (the HMC uni club) does
            business with is Mulrooney's Sea Schwinn in Newport Beach. Their
            number is (714) 646-7706.

Jeff R. Allen jeff@hmc.edu

Discontinued Brands

    Schwinn Schwinn has been out of the unicycle business for several years
    now, due to problems like near-bankruptcy. If you call bike shops you
    may still find some around, though. Schwinn may reenter this market when
    they are in better shape with their new management.

    Matthews Matthews has recently withdrawn from the unicycle market.

Retailers

      + Canada

          Darren Bedford 71 Jasper Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6N 2N2
                  (416) 767-6074

                  Sells Miyatas (while available) and Semcycles.

      + France

          Unicycle 3 Impass Jules Dalou 9100 Evry France phone number is:
          (33-1)60 77 37 36 fax number : (33-1)60 78 09 88

                  Sells Miyatas and Semcycles, including giraffes and models
                  with wheels of 26", 28", and 30".

      + Holland

          Semcycle Box 1675 3600 Br Maarssen Holland Tel: 03465-7 05 63 Fax:
          03465-7 60 07

      + New Zealand

          Ross Mackintosh Ross sells Taiwanese unicycles. They have fully
          welded frames, 36 spokes, cotterless cranks and seats with
          crash bars

                  Ross Mackintosh romack@midland.co.nz
                  * Phone: (07) 839 9005 * Shoe: (025) 761 141
                  * Fax: (07) 839 9006
                  * Snail mail: Box 776, Hamilton, New Zealand

      + United Kingdom

          DM Unicycles DM Unicycles 59 Fairmile Rd, Christchurch, Dorset,
          BH23 2LA Tel: 0202 471943

          The Ugly Juggling Company For anyone who wants to know (or for the
          FAQ), the address of Ugly Juggling for callers and mail order is

                    The Ugly Juggling Company 73 Westgate Road Newcastle
                    Upon Tyne NE1 1SG UK

                  Phone: +44 191 232 0297

                  They also have a callers-only shop at

                    Durham Indoor Market Market Place Durham UK

                  They sell both their own unis (made by Pashley) and DM
                  ones, as well as a wide variety of other circus kit,
                  books, etc. The 1995 catalogue (free, I think) lists the
                  Ugly 20" mountain uni (mk 3) mentioned in previous emails
                  by Duncan (95 gbp), plus a 5' giraffe (195 gbp); it also
                  says that 24" and 28" 1994 (mk 2) models (narrow wheel)
                  are still available while stocks last (85-90gbp) (has
                  anyone tried either of these? I'm tempted by a 28", then I
                  might be able to keep up with the kids on bikes ...). The
                  95 catalogue also lists DMs from 12" to 28" (95-128 gbp),
                  chrome DMs with square frame (up to 175 gbp) and DM
                  giraffes (265-449 gbp). They don't keep all of these in
                  stock all the time, however.

                  Chris Hughs

          Zero G Juggling Co. Zero G Juggling Co. The Victoria Centre Mostyn
          Street Llandudno Gwnedd Tel: 0492-514039

          Freaks Unlimited Freaks Unlimited Park Street Bristol, UK

                  Retail and Mail Order equipment, supplies and Unicycles.
                  Send SAE for price list.

      + United States

          Dube Juggling Equipment Dube Juggling Equipment 520 Broadway 3rd.
          Floor New York, NY 10012 Voice: 212-941-0060 Fax: 212-941-0793
          WWW: <a href="http://www.panix.com/dube">http://www.panix.com/dube</a> E-mail: dube@panix.com

                  This company sells 24" and 20" Semcycles. Most of their
                  business is mail order, but you can stop in at their
                  showroom as well.

          Semcycle Semcycle
                  P.O. Box 40353 Redford, MI 48240
                  (313) 537-8175

                  SEMCYCLE@aol.com

          The Unicycle Factory The Unicycle Factory 2711 N. Apperson
          Kokomo, IN 46901
                  (314) 452-2692

                  Tom Miller sells custom built unicycles and resells some
                  other brands, such as Semcycles, Zephyrs and Miyatas (He
                  currently only has the 16" model in stock). You should
                  call with inquiries rather than writing. He does not have
                  business hours per-se, since he works out of his house.
                  His waking hours are between 9am and 1am Eastern time.

          Infinite Illusions E-mail: infinite@io.com WWW:
          <a href="http://pd.net/catalog">http://pd.net/catalog</a> Phone: 1-800-54-TORCH

                  This juggling supply business has recently started selling
                  the Emory unicycle. Emory started making unicycles since
                  the early seventies, and stopped in the late eighties.
                  They are making them again for Infinite Illusions.

          Osell's Custom Frames

                  Osell's Custom Frames 2908 Pentagon Drive NE St.
                  Anthony, MN 55418
                  (315) 788-5200 (ask for Terry)

                  They sell their own brand, called the Landis. They also
                  sometimes get Miyatas from Canada. Call for availability.
  1. Where can I get parts for my unicycle?
   Depending on what you are looking for, you might find the parts at a bike
   shop. If not, though, Tom Miller at the Unicycle Factory probably has it.
   You can call him in Indiana at (317) 452-2692 to place your order.
  1. What makes a good unicycle?
   Each set of part types [a-d] are listed in increasing order of quality or
   beauty [chrome types]. Anyone in a bike shop should be able to explain
   the following terminology.

   ) Type of tire - One can always buy a better tire, although quality
   unicycle should come with a unicycle tire (round cross-section;
   relatively flat or smooth tread for flat surfaces [mountain unicycles
   should come with knobbies :^]

   318.1 Type of rim
   a) chromed steel
   b) chromed tubular steel
   c) alloy
   d) chromed alloy

     1.2 Type of spoke holes in rim
   a) simple straight radial hole
   b) simple straight radial hole with recess for spoke's nipple
   c) angle of holes matches angle of spokes
   d) angle of holes matches angle of spokes; recess for nipple

     2.1 Number of spokes (more is better, if all spokes are kept tight)
   a) 28
   b) 36
   c) 40
   d) 48

     2.2 Thickness of spokes (thicker is better, but weighs a little more)
   a) .080 in. (14 gauge)
   b) .092 in. (13 gauge)
   c) .105 in. (12 gauge)
   d) .125 in. (?? gauge)

     2.3 Spoking pattern
   a) 3 cross
   b) 4 cross
   c) 3 cross interleaved
   d) 4 cross interleaved

     2.4 Spoke material
   a) coat hanger :^&
   b) normal (steel zinc plated)
   c) stainless steel
   d) steel chrome plated

     3.1 Hub (Various types of heat treating add to the confusion here.)
   a) cottered shaft, straight flanges
   b) cottered shaft, dished flanges
   c) cotterless shaft, straight flanges
   d) cotterless shaft, dished flanges

     4.1 Bearings (More info welcome here.)
   a) unsealed roller bearings
   b) unsealed ball bearings
   c) sealed roller bearings (less prone to damage when jumping)
   d) sealed ball bearings (jumping may cause flat spots on balls)

     5.1 Bearing holders
   a) bolted on C-bracket (may apply excessive vertical force)
   b) snap ring (bearing may be minutely loose in all directions)
   c) pressed in holder (bearing must be pressed in with equal force)

   d) bolted on pressed in holder (same as c above, except the pressed fit
      may be looser as bolts keep bearing from moving.)

     5.2 Frame type (Which is better is quite controversial.)
   a) flat pressed fork halves bolted together with seat post
   b) same as a) with curved sections pressed in for greater rigidity

   c) tubular one piece frame with rounded fork crown
   d) tubular one piece frame with square fork crown (to put feet on)

     5.3 Frame finish
   a) amateur spray painted ;^)
   b) baked-on enamel
   c) powder coated
   d) chrome plated

     5.4 Seat post clamp
   Z) A bolt for split forks
   Z) welded on clamp with single bolt
   Z) separate BMX type clamp with single allen wrench screw
   Z) separate BMX type clamp with two allen wrench screws
   Z) same as c), except one screw clamps top of head tube and the other
      clamps around the seat post - two inside diameters

     6.1 Seat post
   a) has holes at 1 inch increments for height adjustment
   b) same as a) with seat tilt adjustment
   c) straight tube with no holes - very fine height adjustment
   d) same as c) with seat tilt adjustment (not really needed)

     7.1 Seat (style should fit the individual)
   a) poorly designed - self destructs in 1 month of use
   b) Schwinn / Semcycle design (does it have bumpers now?)
   c) Wide Miyata type design without front handle
   d) Narrow Miyata type design with front handle

     7.2 Seat should be broken down further, but the author is getting tired
       and sleepy [ 8^) -&gt; :^O zzz -&gt; 8^| -&gt; :^O zzz -&gt; 8^( ]

     8.1 Crank arms
   a) solid oak [ :^O -&gt; :^o -&gt; :^O ] author lapses into dream land (be
      careful, the author seems to be getting cranky too :^)
   b) steel cottered
   c) steel cotterless
   d) alloy cotterless

     9.1 Pedals
   a) rubber block, no spindle adjustment
   b) plastic, no spindle adjustment
   c) rattrap with spindle adjustment (eats shins 8^)
   d) plastic with spindle adjustment

   Ken Fuchs kfuchs@winternet.com

12. What are the 10 skill levels?

   Here is the list thanks to Andy Cotter (cotter@cae.wisc.edu). Comments in
   parentheses are mine.

GENERAL INFORMATION In order to be eligible to achieve a level, a rider must
have achieved all previous levels. All skills start and end with the rider
riding forward, seated with both feet on the pedals. All mounts end with the
rider riding forward with both feet on the pedals.

PROCEDURE FOR TESTING To achieve a skill level a rider must pass a skill level
exam with an authorized examiner. Examiners must be authorized by the
Unicycling Society of America, the IUF, or by a connected organization. In
order to pass an exam a rider must perform all skills in the level at the
first attempt except for 3 skills maximum which must be performed at the
second attempt.

   For some advice on preparing for a level test, check out the level
   testing hints on the unicycle home page.

    Level 1

           o Mount Unicycle unassisted o Ride 50 meters o Dismount
           gracefully with unicycle in front

    Level 2

           o Mount with left foot o Mount with right foot o Ride 10 m
           between two parallel lines 30 cm apart o Ride a figure 8 with
           circle diameters smaller then 3 m o Ride down a 15 cm vertical
           drop o Make a sharp 90 degree turn to the left o Make a sharp 90
           degree turn to the right

    Level 3

           o Demonstrate 3 types of mounts o Ride a figure 8 with circle
           diameters smaller than 1.5 m o Come to stop, pedal half a
           revolution backward and continue forward o Ride with the stomach
           on the seat for 10 m o Make a sharp 180 degree turn to the left o
           Make a sharp 180 degree turn to the right o Hop 5 times o Ride
           over a 10 X 10 cm obstacle

    Level 4

           o Demonstrate 4 types of mounts o Ride backward for 10 m o Ride
           one footed for 10 m o Idle with left foot down 25 times o Idle
           with right foot down 25 times o Ride with the seat out in front
           for 10 m o Ride with the seat out in back for 10 m o Make a sharp
           360 degree turn the left o Make a sharp 360 degree turn the right

    Level 5

           o Demonstrate 5 types of mounts o Ride backward in a circle o
           Ride one footed in a figure eight o Idle one footed with left
           foot down 25 times o Idle one footed with right foot down 25
           times o Ride with the seat out in front in a circle o Ride with
           the seat out in back in a circle o Ride with the seat on the
           side in a circle o Hop-twist 90 degrees to the left o Hop-twist
           90 degrees to the right o Hop standing on wheel 5 times (IUF) o
           Walk the wheel for 10 m (USA) (No feet on the pedals, instead
           you propel the unicycle by walking on the surface of the tire
           while sitting)

    Level 6

           o Demonstrate 6 types of mounts o Ride backward in a figure 8 o
           Ride with the seat out in front in a figure eight o Ride with the
           seat out in back in a figure eight o Ride backward with the seat
           out in front for 10 m o Walk the wheel for 10 m (IUF) (No feet on
           the pedals, instead you propel the unicycle by walking on the
           surface of the tire while sitting) o Ride with seat on the side
           in a circle to the left o Ride with seat on the side in a circle
           to the right o Ride one footed with the left foot for 10 m o Ride
           one footed with the right foot for 10 m o Backspin o Frontspin o
           Spin o Hop standing on wheel 5 times (USA)

    Level 7

           o Demonstrate 7 types of mounts o Ride backward with seat out in
           front in a circle o Ride one footed with left foot in a circle o
           Ride one footed with right foot in a circle o Walk the wheel in a
           circle o Walk the wheel one footed for 10 m o Hop-twist 180
           degrees to the left o Hop-twist 180 degrees to the right o Ride
           backward with the seat out in back for 10 m o Spin the left o
           Spin to the right

    Level 8

           o Demonstrate 8 types of mounts o Ride one footed with the left
           foot in a figure 8 o Ride one footed with the right foot in a
           figure 8 o Walk the wheel in a figure eight o Walk the wheel one
           footed in a circle o Ride backward one footed for 10 m o Glide
           for 10 m (no feet on the pedals, you can use a foot on the
           surface of the tire as a brake.) o Hand wheel walk for 10 m o
           Pirouette o Backward spin

    Level 9

           o Demonstrate 9 types of mounts o Walk the wheel one footed in a
           figure 8 o Ride backward one footed in a circle o Ride backward
           with the seat out in front in figure 8 o Ride backward with the
           seat out in back in a circle o Walk the wheel one footed with
           left foot for 10 m o Walk the wheel one footed with right foot
           for 10 m o Walk the wheel backward for 10 m o Drag seat in front
           10 m o Drag seat in back for 10 m o Ride backward one footed with
           the left foot 10 m o Ride backward one footed with the right foot
           10 m o Ride one footed with the seat out in front for 10 m o
           Backward pirouette

    Level 10

           o Demonstrate 10 types of mounts o Ride backward with seat out in
           back in a figure 8 o Ride backward one footed in a figure 8 o
           Walk the wheel one footed with left foot in circle o Walk the
           wheel one footed with right foot in circle o Walk the wheel
           backward in a circle o 180 uni spin o Sideways wheel walk for 10
           m o Coast for 10 m o Side ride for 10 m o Walk the wheel one
           footed backward for 10 m
13. What are some different mounts?

   Left and right can be switched in the descriptions if you are left
   footed.

    Standard Put a foot on the rear pedal and the seat underneath you. Step
    up onto the unicycle.

    Side Put your left foot on the left pedal and hold the seat in your
    hand. Move your right foot between your left leg and the unicycle. Swing
    it around the front of the seat, put the seat underneath you, and your
    right foot on the pedal.

    side mount with foot around twice Like the side mount, but your foot
    makes an extra trip around the seat.

    side mount with foot around 3X Like the side mount, but your foot makes
    an extra two trips around the seat.

    side mount reverse Put your left foot on the left pedal and hold the
    seat in your hand. Move your right foot around the back of the seat, put
    the seat underneath you, and your right foot on the pedal.

    side mount reverse, leg around Put your left foot on the left pedal and
    hold the seat in your hand. Move your right foot around the back of the
    seat, swing your foot 360 degrees around the seat again, put the seat
    underneath you, and your right foot on the pedal.

    stepover mount Start on the side holding onto the seat with both hands
    bring the other foot up over the seat without releasing the seat with
    either hand. Step over the top of the seat without letting go of the
    seat. It is not a fun way to crash if you have your foot on the seat,
    but a good high step and its no more difficult than one of the other
    side mounts.

    Reverse Stand in front of the unicycle with the seat underneath you. Put
    one foot on the lower pedal. Step back and up so that the unicycle is
    underneath you. The motion will be similar to idling once you are up.

    Jump Hold the unicycle upright and jump up onto the pedals and the seat.
    Land with all your weight on the pedals or you will be unhappy.

    180 spin mount Hold the unicycle in front of you with the front
    facing you. Jump into the air, spin the unicycle around 180 degrees,
    and land on it.

    360 spin mount Hold the unicycle in front of you with the front facing
    away from you. Jump into the air, spin the unicycle around 360 degrees,
    and land on it.

    kick up Lay the unicycle on its side. Put your foot on the pedal that is
    pointing up. Use your other foot to kick the seat up underneath you, and
    put the free foot on its pedal.

    rolling mount Roll the unicycle, put your foot on one pedal and get up,
    without the wheel ever stopping.

    one foot mount Like a standard mount, but the second foot goes over the
    pedal and the stays in the air. You can then go backwards or forwards
    with one foot.

    one foot reverse mount Like the reverse mount, but the second foot goes
    over the pedal and the stays in the air. You can then go backwards or
    forwards with one foot.

    side mount from standing on wheel

    side jump mount Start at the side of the unicycle, then jump on the
    pedals and settle on the seat.

    free side jump mount Start at the side of the unicycle, let go of the
    unicycle, then jump on the pedals and settle on the seat.

    jump mount

    Stand behind the unicycle, jump up on both pedals simultaneously, and
    settle on the seat.

    free jump mount Like a regular jump mount, but the rider lets go of the
    seat before their feet leave the ground.

    rolling mount to one foot

    jump mount to one foot idle

    kick up to walk the wheel

    kick up to walk the wheel one footed

    kick up to spin

    side jump mount to walk the wheel Like jump mount, but land in the wheel
    walk position.

    side mount to seat out in front

    frog mount

    rolling jump mount to seat in back

    jump mount to seat in front Like a jump mount, but you leave the seat
    out front and ride this way.

    pick up mount

    spin mount

    spin mount to one foot riding

    kick up with foot wrapped around frame

    side jump mount to seat at back

    jump mount with 180 seat spin whilst airborne

    jump mount with 360 seat spin whilst airborne

    turn around jump mount The rider turns around 180 degrees before landing
    on the unicycle.

Andy Cotter/cotter@cae.wisc.edu Beirne Konarski/bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu Doug
Borngasser/dborngas@sdcc3.ucsd.edu
14. Where can I find a unicycle club or organization?

    Unicycling Society of America The Unicycling Society of America
    distributes a quarterly newsletter, sponsors an annual conference/meet,
    sells all known unicycle literature, and serves as an information
    clearinghouse. Dues are currently $15 a year. It is well worth the cost.
    You can reach them at: Unicycling Society of America, P.O. Box 40534,
    Redford, MI 48240. The USA also has a 1-800 voice mail number,
    1-800-783-2425. There are local clubs in many areas. Detroit,
    Minneapolis, New York City and Bowling Green OH are three cities with
    large clubs. The Unicycling Society of America has a clubs registry and
    will send out club lists for a small cost. They encourage people to
    register as clubs, even if they are only few or one person.

            I will need some help in this section for more club information,
            especially from foreign countries.

    Unicycling New Zealand This is a new club, founded by Ross Mackintosh,
    editor of UniNews.

15. What are the different types of unicycles?

    Standard This is your average unicycle. The cranks connect to the axle.
    It has a seat above the wheel.

    Giraffe These are the taller chain-driven unicycles. You can buy them
    from Semcycle or the Unicycle Factory. The record height is about
    100'(31m).

    Monocycle This is a wheel with the seat inside. These are fairly rare.

    Ultimate Wheel This is the standard unicycle without forks or a seat. A
    plywood disk usually replace the spokes, which keeps your ankles from
    getting beat up. You can buy these from the Unicycle Factory.

    Impossible Wheel Also called the BC wheel. This is a plain wheel with
    the axle extended on both sides with posts. You stand on the posts and
    roll along, assuming you figure out how to propel yourself.

16. What size wheel should I get?

   In general the smaller the wheel, the easier it is to learn to ride and
   learn new skills. Larger wheels are better for transportation and speed.
   12" and 16" wheels are good for children. 20" wheels are good trick
   unicycles for adults. 24" wheels still work for a lot of tricks and gives
   you decent speed. This is the best general-purpose size. Bigger wheels
   are better for higher speed riding. The Unicycle Factory advertises
   models up to 40".

   Check the rules if you are buying a unicycle for competition. Races
   generally require a specific size, such as 24" for adults. British
   juggling competitions usually limit you to a 20" model.

17. Why don't you get a unicycle with multiple speeds?

   Someone has built a unicycle with multiple gearings. Here is an account
   from Peter Lister (p.lister@cranfield.ac.uk):

   I know Bob Knight who built it. I haven't had the opportunity to have a
   go on it (I haven't really got the hang of giraffes yet - severe lack of
   people prepared to lend me theirs to practise on).

   I can assure you that it's no problem to change gear. Bob can shift up
   and down happily while going forward or idling, or probably backwards,
   knowing him. As I understand it, the only requirement is that one reduce
   the pedal pressure during a shift, but then as anyone (like me) who rides
   a two-wheeler with a Sturmey hub knows, that applies to normal bikes and
   isn't a problem unless one is really standing on the pedals.

   Just in case it isn't clear from the photo(another person brought up this
   topic when they saw a picture of the unicycle. ed.), this beast uses a
   fixed Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub *not* a derailleur (it's surprising how
   many people assume that the derailleur is the only possible cycle gear
   shift). The hub itself is an antique (early 1950s I think), probably
   worth more than the rest of the unicycle (which was made by Bob and his
   dad). The equivalent wheel sizes are 20", 24" and 28".

18. What unicycling events can I attend?

UNITED STATES

                      National Unicycle Convention
                            Late July, 1996
                             Chariton, Iowa

19. Which end is the front?

   Yes, the unicycle has a front and a back, even when the seat doesn't. The
   two pedals are threaded in opposite directions and are normally marked
   'L' and 'R' on the ends of the shafts. The side designation is from the
   viewpoint of the rider. Forward riding on either a unicycle or bicycle
   will tend to tighten the pedals. However, backward riding on a unicycle
   will tend to loosen the pedals.

   Also, some tires have a direction on them, due to the tread pattern.

   Beirne Konarski bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu Ken Fuchs
   kfuchs@icicle.winternet.com

20. Where's the other wheel?

      + In Nanny's room, behind the clock.
      + It'll be along in a minute.
      + Where's your originality?
      + That's the nth time I've heard that one today.
      + Real men (women) don't need two wheels.
      + I'm paying for it in installments.
      + You're kidding, it was there last time I looked (and promptly fall
        off)
      + I didn't put enough locks on it.
      + I loaned the other wheel to a friend. Sit here and make sure
        he comes by.
      + I don't need it!
      + I got the bike on sale, half off...I didn't realize they
        meant the bike.
      + It's the economy; can't afford the other wheel.
      + This is the recession model.
      + I'm on a time payment plan.
      + It's this downsizing thing.
      + It's on the train to Glasgow. It's on an exchange program with
        another wheel.
      + It fell behind the fridge.
      + Two wheels? That's twice as hard!
      + Don't be daft, where would I put a second wheel?
21. What is a unicycle under the law?

   Note: These are the opinions of laymen, and should not be considered
         legal advice.

    United Kingdom Someone recently posted on uk.rec.cycling implying that
    it is legal to ride a bicycle on the pavement (US Sidewalk) as long as
    the wheel size doesn't exceed 20". This got me wondering whether it was
    true, and if so what the implications might be for unicyclists. So, it
    was back to the library to look through the law books.

            The Highway Code goes through the cycling laws and makes it
            fairly clear that there should be no problem with riding on the
            road. But forget about The Highway Code, what it *doesn't* give
            is a legal definition of a cycle. That's what I managed to find:

            '"Cycle" means a bicycle, tricycle, or cycle having four or more
            wheels, not being in any case a motor vehicle.'

            So cycle laws don't cover a unicycle. There is nothing about
            unicycles anywhere in the road traffic legislation. I'm not
            going to wade through the whole of English law looking for any
            reference to unicycling, so if anyone knows of a reference
            elsewhere I'd be interested. It seems that it is quite legal to
            ride a unicycle on the pavement in England. Does anyone know
            what the law says in the rest of the UK?

            If anyone fancies getting a copy of this definition (you never
            know when it might be useful), my source is:

            Halsbury's Laws of England, 4th edn, vol. 40 (Road Traffic),
            published in 1983 by Butterworths, London.

Danny Colyer/bs1dwc@bath.ac.uk

    New Zealand Before starting Unicycling New Zealand back in March 1993, I
    approached Transit NZ to find out the real truth about unicycling in
    this country... Several letters between myself and the Minister of
    Transport brought us both to the following conclusion...

            A bicycle, by NZ law, must have AT LEAST TWO wheels. ...well,
            that rules out a standard unicycle instantly!

            So was it a toy? In the book of NZ road religion, a toy may have
            a wheel diametre no larger than 355mm (14inches) INCLUDING any
            tyre. ...rules out the standard uni again!

            therefore we came to the conclusion that in NZ, the unicycle,
            fell in to the catagory of a "vehicle" by default. this means it
            is quite legal to ride the unicycle on the roads, as you would
            any vehicle in this country, accomodating the laws of hand
            signals at all times, and lights at night, etc. No helmet is
            required (as compulsory with a bicycle in this country), no
            brakes or steering etc.

            I guess we are lucky as I believe unicycling is not cool with
            authorities in some states in America... wot a bummer!

Ross Mackintosh romack@midland.co.nz

22. What are some names for unicycles I appreciate everyone's cooparation in
    building our list of synonyms for unicycle. The time has come to
    organize the list, and eventually I'll try to make it real "scientific"
    based on lexicographic principles. Here is a preliminary version.

   I would be nice if can make a more precise classification, with perhaps
   info on frequency of use. Anyone want to try?

      + Lexical Items ("real words")

        These are more or less established words, albeit some are very
        limited while others are colloquial. What they have in common is
        that the are used by unicyclists.
  1. UNICYCLE Standard American

  2. MONOCYCLE Traditional (obsolescent?) British

  3. ONE-WHEELED VEHICLE “Scientific”

  4. ICICLE Colloquial (I know one family who use it)

  5. IKE Colloquial (not sure where from – attested)

  6. YIKE Colloquial (according to Adam Stork)

  7. UNI Colloquial, very common

  8. WHEEL Colloquial

     + Nonce (uneducated) Words
    
       The *nonce* words below are often used by the nonunicycling public,
       though I've heard unicyclists using numbers 11 and 17 on occasion.
       (may they dangle from the Tokyo Tower on a 50-foot giraffe!). It is
       rather difficult to draw the distinction between this classfication,
       and the one below, but the nonce words here do seem to have a more
       or less "semilexicalized" existence.
    
  9. ONE-WHEELER Unattested, but I think I’ve heard it

  10. ONE-WHEEL BICYCLE Unattested, uneducated

  11. BIKE Substandard, uneducated, illiterate, stupid!

  12. ONE-WHEELED BICYCLE Colloquial, uneducated

  13. ONE-WHEELED BIKE Colloquial, uneducated

  14. TRICYCLE Colloquial, uneducated, childish

  15. UNI-BIKE Colloquial, uneducated

  16. ONE TRICYCLE Colloquial, uneducated, childish

  17. BICYCLE Substandard, uneducated, illiterate, stupid!

      + Informal Decsriptions
    
        The items below are not word or phrases, they are just
        *descriptions* by someone who doesn't know the proper word. I
        suppose they are never used by unicyclists, except in jest.
    
  18. FUNNY LOOKING BIKE Uneducated nonce word?

  19. FUNNY THING Uneducated, childish nonce word?

  20. FUNNY LOOKING THING Uneducated nonce word?

  21. THAT WEIRD THING

  22. THAT SILLY THING

  23. THAT THING

  24. THAT

  25. WHAT THAT FUNNY MAN’S RIDING

  26. THAT OVER THERE

    Jack Halpern/jhalpern@super.win.or.jp


27. How do you say unicycle in different languages?

Dutch: eenwieler English: unicycle French: monocycle German: einrad Japanese:
ichirinsha(preferred), yunisaikuru Spanish: monociclo(preferred), uniciclo
Swedish: enhjuling Finnish: Yksipyora Greek: monopodeloto

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Beirne Konarski/Kent State University/bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu

Re: rec.sport.unicycling Frequently Asked Questions

Wow! I’ve never known so much about unicycling!

Re: CHIPs TV Show

In article <Pine.SV4.3.91.951018185859.25211B-100000@curly>, “Jonathan I. Perry”
<jperr01@dooley.cc.emory.edu> writes:
> I was just flipping through channels when I came across an old episode of
> CHIPS (70’s cop show about two guys who always ride motorcycles). I didn’t get
> the plot but during halftime of a basketball game, a bunch of unicyclists
> performed. They did basketball, football and a few artistic kind of moves.
> Very seventies hair styles and pretty good riding too. It kind of felt like a
> Harlem Globetrotters on unis. It even lasted for about 5 minutes (big filler
> on this episode I guess). Anyone know who these guys are(were)?
>
I remember back in the early 1980’s an episode of “That’s Incredible” (I think)
which featured the King Charles Troupe (or something like that). These guys
played basketball on their unis (much better than I ever could), and did things
in formation. A few of the guys hopped up stairs with the basketball and
slam-dunked. Most of them rode 24" unicycles, but one or two rode giraffes.
(Remembering those guys in the KCT riding giraffes in heavy traffic reminds me
of the only time I ever fell off my giraffe without landing on my feet. My
friend and I were playing tag, and during a sudden stop the wheel suddenly
slipped and I landed flat on my back. Strangely, I didn’t hurt a bit.) I don’t
remember ever seeing the KCT again.

Jerry

Re: CHIPs TV Show

The King Charles Troupe was featured for many years with Ringling Bros. & Barnum
and Bailey Circus. For a time, they were also the opening act for Sigfried and
Roy in Las Vegas.

On 19 Oct 1995, Jerry Orosz wrote:
> >
> I remember back in the early 1980’s an episode of “That’s Incredible” (I
> think) which featured the King Charles Troupe (or something like that). These
> guys played basketball on their unis (much better than I ever could), and did
> things in formation. A few of the guys hopped up stairs with the basketball
> and slam-dunked. Most of them rode 24" unicycles, but one or two rode
> giraffes. (Remembering those guys in the KCT riding giraffes in heavy traffic
> reminds me of the only time I ever fell off my giraffe without landing on my
> feet. My friend and I were playing tag, and during a sudden stop the wheel
> suddenly slipped and I landed flat on my back. Strangely, I didn’t hurt a
> bit.) I don’t remember ever seeing the KCT again.
>
> Jerry
>

I just wanted to bring this up from the last page…I was helped by it…and I’m sure there are newbies here who haven’t seen it.

Bonnie

I just had some friends over for the evening. I had a few beers. Never try to read a post that long after a few beers. I would like some Cliff Notes please!

Beirne

Long time since I have seen or heard from you.
Nice to see your name on the newsgroup.

John Foss and I mentioned your name last week.

I have sent you many e-mails about changing that phone number on that list as I get people telling me that the phone number doesn’t work for me.
I haven’t used that number for about 8 years.
That info is still on the web somewhere.

I have completely new info if you are able to update it. Let me know.

Darren

darren@bedfordunicycles.ca
416-729-9696

darren look at the date of the original post

Thanks for the info Toddw9

Just goes to show you that it is still in circulation.

Oh well,
Darren

Haven’t read the whole thing, but did catch glimpses of a couple of mentions of OSells Bike Shop as a source for unicycles. Alas, Terry has retired and his shop in St. Anthony is no more.

generally, but a lot of this information is very outdated i.e. no references to splined hubs, KH or Yuni unicycles, etc etc.

That’s because there were no splined hubs (except maybe one on George Peck’s cycle), no Yuni unicycles, no Unicycle.com, and no KH (as far as the rest of the world’s unicyclists were concerned). Hard to imagine such a time!

But that FAQ is a start. Here is an equally outdated one on MUni:

Brett Bymaster assembled it (in 1997), but later turned it over to me. Someday I hope to improve on it. This newsgroup is great, but stuff is very hard to find, and you have to rely on the search tool to do any proper research.

BAM!

How do you like that as a blast from the past? :smiley:

Yes.