Transporting a 6' Giraffe

I am trying to purchase a used 6’ Giraffe from College Cyclery in Sacramento
California, but they don’t have a way to ship it to me. Since we are getting
closer to the Muni week-end, I figured I would just visit them and pick it up
the Friday before. Now I am trying to determine the best way to get this baby
home. My car is just a little Saturn and will be carrying three people and
luggage already. I figure if there is a will there is a way. What creative
solutions have you all used?


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John, As one who just returned from a similer trip, let me reiterate my
procedure. I think you’ll be interested! You see, I just bought your uni’s big
brother, the 10’ from the same store. (By the way you made a very wise purchase.
It is a very nice uni - was such a shame to split them up). Just get a six foot
section of pipe, steel rod, wood, whatever and experiment with just how to lay
it in, or rack it on the car. I don’t think that it will be a problem as the six
should fit inside the car. By the way, if you should change your mind, I would
like to reunite the two unicyles. Such a shame to split them up now! Let me know
how it goes. Mike, (Yes jf, it’s me)

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I am trying to purchase a used 6’ Giraffe from College Cyclery in Sacramento
California, but they don’t have a way to ship it to me. Since we are getting
closer to the Muni week-end, I figured I would just visit them and pick it up
the Friday before. Now I am trying to determine the best way to get this baby
home. My car is just a little Saturn and will be carrying three people and
luggage already. I figure if there is a will there is a way. What creative
solutions have you all used?


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RE: Transporting a 6’ Giraffe

John Dibble wrote:
>I am trying to purchase a used 6’ Giraffe from College Cyclery in Sacramento
>California, but they don’t have a way to ship it to me.

Wimps. It’s just not easy to pack a 6’ for shipping. Or cheap. Good thing you
were coming to the area anyway…

>Since we are getting closer to the Muni week-end, I figured I would just visit
>them and pick it up the Friday before. Now I am trying to determine the best
>way to get this baby home. My car is just a little Saturn and will be carrying
>three people and luggage already.

I once drove from Michigan to NY in a VW bug with Ken Fuchs, Teresa Hemminger
(Abrahams), three 24" standard unis, a 27" ultimate wheel, and two 2 wheelers
(16" and 20"). And our luggage. It was only a 660 mile drive, each way.

Giraffes ride comfortably in the car when you lay them up the center. Put the
wheel over the top of the back seat, chain side up. The seat will then lay
somewhere near your gearshift or, depending on car size, can be stuffed
between dashboard and windshield. I used to drive around with two Schwinn
giraffes this way.

You can also disassemble the thing to make it smaller. A Schwinn frame is only
48" long, which makes it easier to bring it on the plane (mine’s been around).
But yours might not have a removeable seat post. Still, with the wheel off, it
might fit in the trunk.

I forget where you’re coming from. There’s a guy from Medford OR looking to
share a ride. Maybe he has a bigger vehicle? Let me know.

jf


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Re: Transporting a 6’ Giraffe

Roof Racks were my preferred method of transport when I drove a little car and
rode a big unicycle.

Wayne van Wijk

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1998 10:34 AM Subject: Transporting a 6’ Giraffe

>
>I am trying to purchase a used 6’ Giraffe from College Cyclery in Sacramento
>California, but they don’t have a way to ship it to me. Since we are getting
>closer to the Muni week-end, I figured I would just visit them and pick it up
>the Friday before. Now I am trying to determine the best way to get this baby
>home. My car is just a little Saturn and will be carrying three people and
>luggage already. I figure if there is a will there is a way. What creative
>solutions have you all used?
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Re: Transporting a 6’ Giraffe

John wrote:
>I am trying to purchase a used 6’ Giraffe from College Cyclery in Sacramento
>California, (snip) My car is just a little Saturn and will be carrying three
>people and luggage already.

Hi John, I have a Saturn too. Don’t forget that the back seat is split, and you
can fold it down and put the wheel of the uni in the trunk and let the rest
extend up into the car. Since you are only going to have three people in the car
this should work out nicely.

Rick

Re: Transporting a 6’ Giraffe

Mike, Thanks for the advice and the news about my new uni. I don’t see myself
changing my mind about bringing little brother home. Who knows maybe we can go
for a ride and have a family reunion! (grin)

I believe John Foss mentioned there is some history about these unis in back
issues of On One Wheel. Have you seen this? I’d like to order the back issues
just to know more about it.

By the way, how does the big 10 footer ride?

jd

>John, As one who just returned from a similer trip, let me reiterate my
>procedure. I think you’ll be interested! You see, I just bought your uni’s big
>brother, the 10’ from the same store. (By the way you made a very wise
>purchase. It is a very nice uni - was such a shame to split them up). Just get
>a six foot section of pipe, steel rod, wood, whatever and experiment with just
>how to lay it in, or rack it on the car. I don’t think that it will be a
>problem as the six should fit inside the car.
By
>the way, if you should change your mind, I would like to reunite the
two
>unicyles. Such a shame to split them up now! Let me know how it goes. Mike,
>(Yes jf, it’s me)
>
>
>
>


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RE: Transporting a 6’ Giraffe

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>John Dibble wrote:
>>I am trying to purchase a used 6’ Giraffe from College Cyclery in Sacramento
>>California, but they don’t have a way to ship it to me.
>
>Wimps. It’s just not easy to pack a 6’ for shipping. Or cheap. Good thing you
>were coming to the area anyway…
>

I know! I have really been looking forward to trying this Muni thing out. (and
driving my wife crazy) Being able to get this Giraffe at the same time is like
expecting an ice cream cone and getting a banana split. Now if I can just figure
out how to ride up curbs…
>>Since we are getting closer to the Muni week-end, I figured I would just visit
>>them and pick it up the Friday before. Now I am trying to determine the best
>>way to get this baby home. My car is just a little Saturn and will be carrying
>>three people and luggage already.
>
>I once drove from Michigan to NY in a VW bug with Ken Fuchs, Teresa Hemminger
>(Abrahams), three 24" standard unis, a 27" ultimate wheel,
and
>two 2 wheelers (16" and 20"). And our luggage. It was only a 660 mile drive,
>each way.
>
That’s a lot of famous uni-folk in one VW. What I don’t understand is where the
2 wheelers came from.

>Giraffes ride comfortably in the car when you lay them up the center. Put the
>wheel over the top of the back seat, chain side up. The seat will then lay
>somewhere near your gearshift or, depending on car size, can be stuffed
>between dashboard and windshield. I used to drive around with two Schwinn
>giraffes this way.
>
>You can also disassemble the thing to make it smaller. A Schwinn frame is only
>48" long, which makes it easier to bring it on the plane
(mine’s
>been around). But yours might not have a removeable seat post. Still, with the
>wheel off, it might fit in the trunk.
>
>I forget where you’re coming from. There’s a guy from Medford OR
looking
>to share a ride. Maybe he has a bigger vehicle? Let me know.
>
>jf

I am coming from Riverside CA. Anybody else from the Inland Empire coming?


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Re: Transporting a 6’ Giraffe

>> That’s a lot of famous uni-folk in one VW. What I don’t understand is where
>> the 2 wheelers came from.
>
>They are a lot of fun to ride. The 2-wheelers he is talking about is
the
>unicycle that has two wheels, one stacked on top of the other. It’s
much
>harder to ride than a standard unicycle because you have to pedal backwards to
>go forwards and you have to teach your reactions to not
act
>as if you are on a standard unicycle.
>
>Maybe a better name for this two-wheeled unicycle is “double-wheeler.” In
>Germany they call it “twice” (it’s the english word), and some literary nuts
>came up with the name “biverticycle.”
>
Thank Goodness. I was really confused. I just could not imagine what they were
doing with two “bihorizcycles.”


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