In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Bryce Grevemeyer
<email@example.com> writes: |> |> I saw something yesterday that (for me) was new. |> |> An “Axle bike”. This had a twelve? inch diameter wheel in the back and pair |> of roller skate wheels in the front. |> |> The seat post came up a little forward of the centerline of the “large” |> wheel. Had a bicycle chain drive. Gave the appearance (at first glance) of |> someone riding a uni. |> |> It was not home-brew, story I got was that someone tried market them a few |> years back. The flopped, and this guy bought one as they were going under.
I came across one in 86’ on a business trip to CA. I got the same story
about the business. The guys that had it rode it with the skateboard wheels
in back though.
This must be one of the oldest threads on these forums. An antiquity from 1995! These guys must be some of the true pioneers of our sport. Funny.
But back to the subject: I don’t think contraptions with multiple wheels will ever establish themselves in our society. They are just too complex and too many parts to break. I believe unicycles shall take over the world by 2020 and anything with more than one wheel will be a thing from the past. It’ll be like “look mom, he’s riding a two wheeler! How can he manage to ride on two wheels simultaneously without falling over?”. And for the rare bicyclist “Hey, what’s that extra wheel for?” will be a frequently asked question. So that 'll be in 2020. Maybe we should start by taking over New Zealand during UNICON. Then if all the participants decide to stay there for a while, I reckon unicycles would be the mainstream means of transportation at least in NZ. From there on we can then continue to conquer the rest of the world bit by bit.
Wow. Who wants to be first in line to have all road bumps transmitted to your chest?
It looks fascinating and I’d love to try one. What a strange riding position! Say goodbye to the skin on your knees if you’re not wearing leg armor. I’d recommend plastic ones for that. And keep that front wheel nice and high, so it doesn’t dig in on any big bumps. Ouch!
Missing from that article is the point of that particular layout. If it was done for a school project or basic design experiment it’s pretty cool, but for practical I don’t know about staying in that riding position for any long period of time…
All the real pioneers of unicycling are dead. Unicycles go back to the 1870s. But 1995 sure is antique for archived electronic unicycle communications! If it’s found here, it must be from the newsgroup days (rec.sport.unicycling). Before that, it was an email list.
It’s fascinating! I’m especially interested in learning more of the history of the thing. They actually built and sold about 30 of those? Wow. As a unicycle it would probably be pretty terrible on rough terrain, but might be fun on pavement due to the seating position. The weight of the frame probably makes it annoying to ride, but I’d love to try it anyway. Anybody live close enough to buy it?