Strong Cranks

Last night I mastered the art of using a uni as a pogo stick.

 I the process I bent my friends cranks on his 20".

 The probability is that I will have to replace them -> Can anybody recomend
 some stronger cranks than your average Tawainese soft metal job.

 Does anybody know how D.M. cranks rate for this kind of activity ?

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Re: Strong Cranks

simon.greenway@roke.co.uk wrote:
> Last night I mastered the art of using a uni as a pogo stick.

Good oh.

> I the process I bent my friends cranks on his 20".

Oops.

> The probability is that I will have to replace them -> Can anybody
> recomend some stronger cranks than your average Tawainese soft metal job.
>
> Does anybody know how D.M. cranks rate for this kind of activity ?

I guess they’d outlast the Taiwanese ones but DM doesn’t use hardened steel
cranks - unlike SemCycle which is where I got mine. Mind you, bunny hopping
isn’t recommended on Taiwanese unicycles anyway. It’s not just the cranks - the
axle, rim and spokes don’t take too kindly to it either…

If it comes to that, bunny hopping isn’t recommended. But I guess sometimes you
just have to do it. :slight_smile:

Regards, Mark.


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Re: Strong Cranks

Mark Wiggins wrote:
>
> simon.greenway@roke.co.uk wrote:
> > Last night I mastered the art of using a uni as a pogo stick.
>
> Good oh.
>
> > I the process I bent my friends cranks on his 20".
>
> Oops.
>
> > The probability is that I will have to replace them -> Can anybody
> > recomend some stronger cranks than your average Tawainese soft metal
> > job.
> >
> > Does anybody know how D.M. cranks rate for this kind of activity ?
>
> I guess they’d outlast the Taiwanese ones but DM doesn’t use hardened steel
> cranks - unlike SemCycle which is where I got mine. Mind you, bunny hopping
> isn’t recommended on Taiwanese unicycles anyway. It’s not just the cranks -
> the axle, rim and spokes don’t take too kindly to it either…
>
> If it comes to that, bunny hopping isn’t recommended. But I guess sometimes
> you just have to do it. :slight_smile:
>
> Regards, Mark.
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> Mark Wiggins, | markw@ftel.co.uk +44 (121) 717 6255 Fujitsu Telecom Europe
> Ltd,|----------------------------------------- Solihull Parkway, | o
> Birmingham Business Park, | In the land of the pedestrian, /|\ Birmingham, |
> the one-wheeled man is king. << ENGLAND. | O

Hmmmm, broken cranks. Touch wood, but I haven’t broken any on either of my two
Taiwanese unis (one is a plastic wheel, the other is a VIscount) I regularly
jump off half metre high ledges, and go up stairs whenever they’re around, so
it’s not like i treat it nicely. Either it’s luck, or its technique. I’d try and
improve the technique so that you really cushion your landings at your ankles.
Also, remember that you’re basically just jumping off the ground (ie. the
pedals) and you happen to bring the ground with you by holding onto the seat.
Don’t let the uni be your suspension, use your body as if you just jumped off a
ten storey building.

Nic.

Re: Strong Cranks

Someone NICe wrote:
> I regularly jump off half metre high ledges, and go up stairs whenever they’re
> around, so it’s not like i treat it nicely. Either it’s luck, or its
> technique.

Probably a bit of both.

> I’d try and improve the technique so that you really cushion your landings at
> your ankles. Also, remember that you’re basically just jumping off the ground
> (ie. the pedals) and you happen to bring the ground with you by holding onto
> the seat.

> Don’t let the uni be your suspension,

Agreed. At Gloucester, Mr DM demonstrated that the force of bunnyhopping on a
uni can be the same as applying 3 times your normal weight. Absorbing some of
that force in your legs/ankles has to be a good thing.

> use your body as if you just jumped off a ten storey building.

You mean lie flat and don’t move? :slight_smile:

Another tip for bunnyhoppers is to make sure your cranks are tight - and the
pedals too. The only problem I’ve had with cranks is when one pedal on my old
Pashley became loose - time for new pedals and cranks.

Regards, Mark.


Mark Wiggins, | markw@ftel.co.uk +44 (121) 717 6255 Fujitsu Telecom Europe
Ltd,|----------------------------------------- Solihull Parkway, | o Birmingham
Business Park, | In the land of the pedestrian, /|\ Birmingham, | the
one-wheeled man is king. << ENGLAND. | O