Please pardon a question that’s probably been answered several times before. I’m fairly new at this.
I was watching Kris Holm and Nathan Hoover’s trip through Bhutan on OLN lTV ast night and was struck by the incredible skill they displayed. The impact they endured on some of those drops must have been bone jarring! Do their MUnis have some sort of shock absorber like the Rok Shox on my mountain bike?
No shock absorbers on their unis. They just know how to land their drops. I have heard of, but never seen, unicycles being fitted with a shock absorbing seat post. I’ve seen the shock seatposts in bicycle catalogs but I don’t know if they’re the right diameter to fit a uni without modification.
A non-uniing friend of mine was asking me about the same thing the other day, so here’s the explanation:
Riding over insignificant bumps: weight on seat (i guess)
Landing/riding over everything else: weight on pedals
Thus, the seatpost shocks would be good to smooth out the insignificant bumps on the trails (and maybe to soften the blow of being slammed down onto your seat after screwing up a big drop), but that’s about it.
If you wanted shocks for (big) drops, they would have to go somewhere between your feet and the tire, because the force travels: tire <> rim <> spokes <> hub <> cranks <> pedals <> you. And, as i’m sure you’ve just imagined, applying shocks to any of those parts makes little sense.
As a solution, KH and everybody else just bend their knees to absorb the impact of the drops. They have no choice.
I used to have a uni with shocks in the frame (see my website www.muniman.2ya.com for some pics of it)
Though I wouldn’t really recommend it, like whats been said it only makes insignificant bumps smoother, but I found it made the frame weak and it broke twice?!?! So yes uni’s with shocks are out there but like John said, your best schock abosrbers are you tires
You reduce impact by bending forward at the hip when you impact, and by rolling out of a drop. Combined with the 3" cushion in the tire alot of the shock is absorbed before it becomes bone jarring; if your technique is good enough.
There are a number of suspension unicycle frames made by Creative Geckos. One has an elastomer and the others rely on the flex of titanium fork legs. See the Creative Geckos page. The suspension Coker was designed for Bronson Silva. Has anyone ridden one of these? Is the suspension useful?
That’s weird… I checked my user cp and I have it entered correctly. Date of birth is Oct. 25, 1946 (technically I don’t turn 58 for another 2 months) but when you click on my profile it reads December 31, 1969. Heck, I was already married then!
Still married but not to the same lady. 24 years to the first one, then 8 years off for good behavior…
On Thu, 12 Aug 2004 07:52:19 -0500, “patmoore” wrote:
>That’s weird… I checked my user cp and I have it entered correctly.
>Date of birth is Oct. 25, 1946 (technically I don’t turn 58 for another
>2 months) but when you click on my profile it reads December 31, 1969.
It’s a well-known bug in the software. Internally, the date is stored
correctly (as you can see in our user cp) but on the profile it
displays as Dec 31, 1969 for all the folks born in the 60’s or
earlier. But hey, doesn’t it feel good to be 34?
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I like the idea of not having to balance when out on a ride - joe