RE: The Pedespeed Uni-Skate: Has Its Time Finally Come?
> >They’re real. About 15 years ago I read a treatise on Victorian
> >cycles; by compareson, we are a relatively unimaginative lot. There
> >were photos of the device- the leg bracers looked to be cast iron- I
> >believe the foot pad was wood…
I believe Al Hemmiger picked up a pair at an antiques flea market once upon
a time. Wheels were about 12" in diameter, bearings worked fine, and it was
designed to attach to your shoe. A very small shoe, unfortunately. Like an
old pair of skates. Don’t know if anybody every tried to ride those old
ones, but they sure looked interesting.
> >Josue Barretto of Puerto Rico rode something similar to this
> at UNICON. He used it in his artistic freestyle routine.
I tried Josue’s wheel. I think of it as a one-footed B.C. Wheel, but it’s a
little different. Because both your foot and your lower leg are attached
to the wheel, you have more leverage for staying on it. So it that way it’s
easier. But then again it’s all on one leg. I had to stuff a knee pad in
there to protect my shin from the leg holder.
After a few times hopping around the gym, I finally went for a run of 20’ or
so. Then, much to my dismay, Dan Heaton hopped on it, no kneepad, and went a
good 50’ on what I hope was not his first try!
> Good… The concept is too cool to die. Are there pictures
> anywhere of Mr. Barretto using his version?
I think I did. Working on getting them Photoshopped and up for public
inspection. I also took a closeup shot of the cycle.
Now, as for strapping one of these onto each foot, I think that would be a
little different. Surely a challenge, and much harder than a pair of
conventional skates or blades. No flat platform to stand on, that is. Also,
as is the case with in-line skates only much worse, no brakes! Don’t get
going down a hill…
Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
“This unicycle is made all from lightweight materials. But it uses a lot of
them.” – Cliff Cordy, describing the very heavy new prototype unicycle he
brought on the Downieville Downhill