My daughters and I are the only unicycle riders in my town. Or at least that is what I thought. Today, on my way driving back to my office from lunch, I spotted an “Impossible Wheel” laying outside the door of an apartment building. This apartment is on the road directly beside my office and only two blocks away.
Would someone have an “Impossible Wheel” and not have a unicycle also? --chirokid–
A BC wheel is a unicycle. So how do you know it was a BC wheel? I don’t like the name “impossible” for something that more and more people are proving isn’t. Could it be the front wheel from a BMX freestyle bike? Or did it have L-shaped foot brackets like the newer ones?
John, I may have mis-named the wheel. It is a 20" rim, with solid spoke covers on both sides, then pedals. The cranks looked to be 125’s or so. No frame or seat. So what is it called? --chirokid–
Whoops, Zod already told me, it is called a TRAP! --chirokid–
That would be an ultimate wheel, basically a unicycle with no frame, and the pedals generally bolted to something like a disc in the rim, no spokes / cranks etc.
An impossible / BC wheel is where there are no pedals and the it freewheels while the rider stands on pegs / platforms.
Thanks John, yes, it was an ultimate wheel. I sure hope I can find the “rider”. --chirokid–
A bc and Impossible wheel are completly differnt, The impossible wheel is actually hard compared to the Bc wheel. Impossible have stunt pegs on them and a Bc has special made plates or cranks.
You mean round pegs at axle level that spin and roll your foot off them? Yes, that’s definitely harder than a “proper” BC wheel. But I would not call it anything other than a “bad design” wheel.
I actually found out about that “design” many years ago when I tried some BMX pegs on my old BC wheel. Oops, I didn’t realize they would roll! That’s not what I want, I want to stand on them!
Having the pegs at axle level (even if they don’t spin) is still harder than a BC with the pegs below the axle. David Winston had one like this, with pedals or small platforms right at axle level. They were flat on top, so they didn’t spin once you got your weight on them.
I’ve never seen anyone do anything interesting on your description of an impossible wheel, other than “fix” it.
It was a trap laid by Eddie from Crossville! Look away from the light!
Or… it was a divine vision…
Wait but BC wheel is called that because of the newspaper comic rode a stone wheel that had a round peace of wood through it that look like pegs.
A BC wheel and an “impossible” wheel are the same thing. The different names do not refer to different designs whether it’s a peg at axle level or a platform below the axle level.
We’ve had the discussion about names for the BC wheel before. The name “BC wheel” has problems because people outside of the US who have not seen the BC comic strip have no idea why it’s called a BC wheel. The name “impossible wheel” has major problems because it is not impossible. There was a suggestion to call it a “coaster wheel”. That’s a descriptive name and I think it works well.
I’d prefer that people stop calling it an impossible wheel and instead call it a coaster wheel. The name BC wheel is not going to go away just because it is such a neat name and the images of it in the BC comic makes it very visual, even though the name makes little sense to people outside of the USA.
Re: Surprise in my town!
“john_childs” <john_childs@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com> wrote
> I’d prefer that people stop calling it an impossible wheel and instead
> call it a coaster wheel. The name BC wheel is not going to go away just
> because it is such a neat name and the images of it in the BC comic
> makes it very visual, even though the name makes little sense to people
> outside of the USA.
Even though I am in the UK I had no problems with the name BC wheel. It
made immediate sense despite never having heard of the cartoon.
However I have ridden one before if my memory is serves me well…many
times…in one of the few computer games I have actually spent time
Anyone else remember “humans”…and was it a spin off from BC or vice
versa? Humans was first out quite a few years ago now.