I have now had an opportunity to put about 10 miles on the uni.5. I have to learn how to ride it again sometime so I can keep up in the 10k and see what the backs of Gilby’s, Foss’, and the Stones’ shirts look like…at least for a few minutes. And THEY’LL be behind the fast guys.
Hey, this is not the unicycle I bid farewell to in March. This new wheel weighs nothing and is stiff and true. The tire, fully inflated, is round and rock hard. Riding it is something like riding a Coker with no rolling resistance. Thanks for the wheel setup, Drummond. It is a very fine, high-tech addition. The tire accentuates road crowns and wants to lean toward the gutter. That takes some getting used to.
I free-mounted on the first try (I’ve been this route before and didn’t want to fail). I found that the rolling mount that John Childs used on it in March was the easiest and I have even mounted going uphill now. After the initial success I have experimented and missed LOTS of mounts.
Riding it on the flats and downhills is faster than I remember. The uphills with the 5" cranks is harder than I remember but no slower. The backlash seems about the same as I remember it to be. It slips into the background after awhile.
Whoever tossed in the Odessey pedals, thanks heaps. I think that might have been Nathan. They are infinitely better, more grippy, and more comfortable than the Torker cheapos it started with.
There were a couple of pairs of 5" aluminum cranks. I put on the black ones. They smooth out the ride compared to the 6" cranks it had at birth. I will stick with that length and try to train with it but they are initially tough for a pansy like me to pedal with. Many crank thanks to all donaters of cranks.
The new frame is great and looks like it will accept a tractor tire if you want it to. My legs don’t rub the frame sides and it seems to fit perfectly. Thanks to John Broderick and the Uni-Psychos. You guys did a great job on the transplant and the frame is much, much better than the original.
Whoever threw in the Viscount seats, thanks alot. I now have the three seats I need mounted on 200mm, 300mm, and 400mm seat posts so all sizes can ride.