The Unicycle Book (fwd)

Forwarded message:
> From: Andya5@aol.com
>
> I borrowed The Unicycle Book by Jack Wiley from our local library and it has a
> publish date of 1973. Are there later revisions of this book? The author has
> many references to bike shops with addresses and even prices. These all seem
> really out of date. He mentions you can get a good new unicycle for something
> like $22.95. Is this for real? Hard to believe, even in 1973.

The later revision is called “The Complete Book of Unicycling”. It has a lot of
the same chapters, but adds more info on skills and has less on construction.
The Akron library here has a copy, but it otherwise seems to have less library
exposure that “The Unicycle Book”. It has a 1984 copyright date, and could stand
to be updated. Its a good book though, and worth getting.

I bought my first unicycle in 1975 for $44. It was a Schwinn that I bought one
summer when I had extra money from mowing lawns and didn’t want to blow it on
something frivolous. I’ve seen unicycles in the $20 dollar range, but they were
in the Sears catalog.

Beirne


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Re: The Unicycle Book (fwd)

>> From: Andya5@aol.com
>>
>> I borrowed The Unicycle Book by Jack Wiley from our local library and it has
>> a publish date of 1973. Are there later revisions of this book? The author
>> has many references to bike shops with addresses and even prices. These all
>> seem really out of date. He mentions you can get a good new unicycle for
>> something like $22.95. Is this for real? Hard to believe, even in 1973.

Beirne Konarski <bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu> writes:
>I bought my first unicycle in 1975 for $44. It was a Schwinn that I bought one
>summer when I had extra money from mowing lawns and didn’t want to blow it on
>something frivolous. I’ve seen unicycles in the $20 dollar range, but they were
>in the Sears catalog.
>

I bought my first unicycle from Sears in 1979 fro $34. It was a piece of
garbage. I think it lasted 4 months. I then bought a Schwinn for $70 and I still
use it today.

Jerry Carson

Re: The Unicycle Book (fwd)

Here, in France, there is only a single trademark of Uni, and the price
is more expensive that it seems to be oversea. For exemple, I buy my Uni
(the trademark is unicycle) for about 130 $, and it’s a 20’. For a 24’
the price is about 150 $. And that’s some fresh price, because I buy it
only few month ago! I’m just a beginner, but they seem’s to be of quite
good quality.

Till now , I haven’t presented me. My name is Philippe Quaglia, and I will be 26
year old in few weeks. I’m in the last year of a PhD in a public lab in Paris,
working about optic. Till now, my Uni is far from me, because I don’t like to
ride on the town and I prefer the tracks in the campain. But, reading the Uni
Home Page, I see that there is a lot of differents skills, and so I need to
practise a lot. Perhabs will I try to practise on the sideway. Why not down
climbing the steps of the Eiffel Tower ?

I can’t write a story about Uni experience, because my english and my experience
are too poor. Perhabs later…

But every days your mails are a great motivation to ride

Thank you.

P.Q.phq@aero.jussieu.fr

Re: The Unicycle Book (fwd)

Forwarded message:
> My name is Philippe Quaglia, and I will be 26 year old in few weeks. I’m in
> the last year of a PhD in a public lab in Paris, working about optic. Till
> now, my Uni is far from me, because I don’t like to ride on the town and I
> prefer the tracks in the campain. But, reading the Uni Home Page, I see that
> there is a lot of differents skills, and so I need to practise a lot. Perhabs
> will I try to practise on the sideway. Why not down climbing the steps of the
> Eiffel Tower ?

Yes, bring your unicycle into town. It makes a great commuting vehicle. Its
smaller and more maneuverable than a bike.

BTW, someone really has ridden down the Eiffel Tower. Here’s a quote from page
186 of The Complete Book of Unicycling:

“Another notable unicyling feat was that of Bernard Munier of France. In 1971 at
age 20 he rode a unicyle down the 1,700 steps and landings of the Eiffel Tower
non-stop withut touching a rail with his hands or a step with his feet. Stirrups
held his feet to the pedals.”

Bernard is a true madman and someone who should be admired.

Beirne

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Re: The Unicycle Book (fwd)

Beirne Konarski <bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu> (bk) writes:

bk> BTW, someone really has ridden down the Eiffel Tower. Here’s a quote from
bk> page 186 of The Complete Book of Unicycling:

bk> “Another notable unicyling feat was that of Bernard Munier of France. In
bk> 1971 at age 20 he rode a unicyle down the 1,700 steps and landings of the
bk> Eiffel Tower non-stop without touching a rail with his hands or a step with
bk> his feet. Stirrups held his feet to the pedals.”

What about touching a rail with his feet or a step with his head?
:slight_smile:

Re: The Unicycle Book (fwd)

Beirne Konarski <bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu> writes:
> Forwarded message:
> > My name is Philippe Quaglia, and I will be 26 year old in few weeks.

> > Perhabs will I try to practise on the sideway. Why not down climbing the
> > steps of the Eiffel Tower ?
>
> Bernard is a true madman and someone who should be admired.

… maybe Philippe could aspire to being the first to ride up the Eiffel Tower!

]ain

Re: The Unicycle Book (fwd)

I got my first unicycle in 1966 when my grandparents pitched in together to pay
for it. I believe it was around $50 at that time. That’s the only unicycle I’ve
ever had. It’s an old 24" Oxford unicycle, though the label is gone, the seat
has been changed, and it desparately needs fixing up again. But, it’s been great
all these years.

I cannot imagine getting a “good” unicycle for around $22.95 today unless you
happened to get really lucky at a garage sale.

       Dan

From: Jerry Carson <jcarson@mcgh.org> Date: Mon, 9 Jan 95 16:06:32 -0500

>> From: Andya5@aol.com
>>
>> I borrowed The Unicycle Book by Jack Wiley from our local library and it
>> has a publish date of 1973. Are there later revisions of this book? The
>> author has many references to bike shops with addresses and even prices.
>> These all seem really out of date. He mentions you can get a good new
>> unicycle for something like $22.95. Is this for real? Hard to believe,
>> even in 1973.

Beirne Konarski <bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu> writes:
>I bought my first unicycle in 1975 for $44. It was a Schwinn that I bought
>one summer when I had extra money from mowing lawns and didn’t want to blow
>it on something frivolous. I’ve seen unicycles in the $20 dollar range, but
>they were in the Sears catalog.
>

I bought my first unicycle from Sears in 1979 fro $34. It was a piece of
garbage. I think it lasted 4 months. I then bought a Schwinn for $70 and I
still use it today.

Jerry Carson