This is about my T7 handle and a hacksaw. The T7 sits on my 36" Nimbus and the hacksaw lies in my toolbox. Lately strange voices has entered my head saying that I should take the hacksaw and start cutting the T7 handle. Not the whole thing, only the little handle at the rear. I answer them that when walking my Nimbus I find it practical. But the voices insist. They bring back unhappy memories from incidents when my baggies got stuck on the handle. Come on, they say, you know you want to get rid of the thing. It is ridiculous! And don’t tell us that it can be used as a stand because it can’t. It is also a lousy place to tie any luggage because it would get in the way when you mount. This piece of blue tubing is a joke! It has no place on a serious unicyclist’s vehicle. What are you waiting for? the voices yell. Cut the silly thing off!
Are those voices evil? Or should I bring out the hacksaw?
Well you’re crazy and need help:D As for the voices I don’t think cutting off the back of the handle would really help you that much unless you constantly get castrated by it or if you are a massive weight weenie. For me the only time the back part gave me trouble is from this one time I tried to jump mount my 36 which is pointless anyway. It shouldn’t really get in the way of your mounting unless you are jump mounting which is stupid like I said before. The back part is also an awesome pushing handle andmakes it super easy to walk it compared to any other pushing configuration. The back also has a spot for an additional water bottle if you are a thirsty drinker:) and I’m sure there are some good luggage mounting possibilities with it too. The pros are way heavier than the cons. Don’t do it man!
I heard those voices just before RTL. I already had a spare T7 on order, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to listen to them. So my T7 handle became a 7 handle (I’m sure the T I cut off will come in handy for something… just dunno what yet).
In terms of handling, it made no difference what so ever.
In terms of weight saving, it didn’t make any difference that I noticed.
In terms of luggage storage, I didn’t notice it was gone as I never fix anything to it.
In terms of getting in my way, it was no better or worse than before.
In terms of pushing the unicycle around… I really miss it. After having a T7 for so long, I just really grew accustom to having the handle bit at the back to hold the uni by when not riding.
I also heard the voices saying “Drill! Drill! You know you want to drill big holes all over it”. These were the scary ones though, and as my spare T7 didn’t arrive until after I left for RTL, I’m glad I didn’t weaken the one I went with.
I couldn’t tell people what the what that back piece of the T7 was good for. Then I tried hanging a small bike bag underneath it and the bag fit snug. This was great, I finally had a place to put a cell phone and wallet. Then I went riding.
I kept dropping the unicycle on dismounts. Turns out I was in the habit of catching my Nimbus 36 by the back handle and now the small bag blocked my hand from grabing it. After a few rides I removed the bag because I just could not break my old habit.
So be careful, you may miss that rear handle when it’s gone.
I reckon it would sound more like a recorder in the hands of a 3-year-old.
Although if you got the hole placement and fingering right, I’m sure we could get an orchestra going in time for the Unicon marathon!
Lets see: Different handles would be enough to cover the whole woodwind and brass section, ‘correctly’ tensioned 36" wheels for the strings sections, bike bells for percussion. Each start group would need the correct balance of tenors, basses and sopranos of course.
Weight on the unicycle makes the unicycle handling suck. Up hills and turning corners are where you notice it much. Off road touring in particular, any noticeable weight on the unicycle itself is a nightmare. You don’t have control over it, whereas weight on your back, you can pull in the straps tight and keep under control on the technical sections.
Weight on the unicycle is okay on pure road without too big hills, as long as you don’t put too much weight on, more than a couple of kg and it will be rubbish.
If you take a sensible amount of stuff, it doesn’t change saddle comfort much - if it is making a difference, that’s more a sign of having too much stuff with you. Which is the other bad thing about racks etc; they encourage you to take heavy gear. In all the stories about failed multi-day rides that you hear, too much heavy gear, or injuries caused by pushing heavy gear up hills is pretty much always the thing that stops people.
Well, I haven’t been posting for a long time, but since this subject
has risen up…
I’ve heard those voices too, but as well I have heard voices about abandoning
the T7 thingy totally… Why? I’ve been rinding a 36er for a year now and since the beginning I was using T7. It surely looked good, it surely provided great handle to lean on, but also the razor-sharp endings in the front part had bitten my thighs almost every time I tried to freemount the beast. Thus I hated freemounting 36er, I feared it as heck.
A 2 weeks ago I removed the T7 and… yay! now the 36er seems much lighter,
way nimbler, no more fears of running into sharp parts of T7
Now I can freemount 36er much more confidently and even the whole riding
started to be much more fun than before
Of course I’ll be happy to find a better solution for the handle: I was thinking
about cutting off the sharp-angled parts and filling the place with nice and round epoxy-glue finish, but I have no idea if it would be durable enough.
Or maybe self-made handle – seems I can’t be able to avoid welding since
here in Poland (and probably in Europe) tandem parts like stoker stems practically don’t exist.
I had a sleeping bag, spare set of clothes, and a lightweight tarp mounted to a seatpost rack on my nimbus 36 as well as a relatively heavy pack on my back and I blew out my right knee. I am still recovering from this injury and I don’t know if it was from the backpack, the rack, or none of the above, but either way…it simply just isn’t worth it.
It does ease saddle comfort, and when I first tried it out, it wasn’t too awkward of a feeling to have weight attached to the uni in the back, but I think over 15 miles the awkward weight just blew out my knee. If you are going to mount stuff on to your uni, mount it under the seat as close to the frame as possible.