Triathlon brass saying no!?!!

Race Director is afraid to admit unicycles in the race!!!

How do I convince him?

They let an antique bike in one year and the National Triathlon Muckuddy Mucks DQ’d the rider and gave Race Director a hard time. Insurance almost revoked.

Said Antique bike didn’t have brakes!!! (Neither do I)

Make me convincing. :frowning:

buy a REALLY cheap brake and install it.

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That’s what you have to get around. Not common sense, not accident statistics; insurance. The odds are against you on this one.

If you already asked, you may be SOL. But if you didn’t actually ask, just enter. Read their rules carefully to see if there are any clauses in there describing limitations (or minimum requirements) on the bike you can use. If the rules include something about bikes needing two wheels, again you may be SOL.

Put brakes on the unicycle. Make sure they work, because if they’re this anal, someone is likely going to want to see them work.

If none of the above works, time to find a better triathlon. Remember, it’s their event, and their liability worries. They have every right to be paranoid.

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I’ll note without proffering any advice that a majority of the runners in
the Boston Marathon every year are bandits - unregistered runners.

Not asking not an option. Done did it. Dude is 83% saying no. So there’s still a crack in the door.

Besides, the Race Director’s wife’s cubicle is 8 feet away from mine. Naturally, she’s Asst RD. Can’t just crash the party.

I bet there’s a good thread in here about installing a brake, yes?

Do you adjust the brake so you cannot skid the wheel? Kind of like the ABS on my car, you don’t want to be able to lock up the wheel, do you? Could a Uni-rider handle such an abrupt stop?

We all know that brakes are useless on a uni (except for specialist downhill Muniing and cokers etc) and that our fixed wheel IS the brake.

Maybe you should demonstrate to the relevant person that you can stop in a much shorter distance than a conventional bike with brakes.

If they need to fit in with written regulations then maybe you could argue that back pedaling is the brake, because I’m sure that there is a form of bicycle brake system that used back pedaling and that bikes with that system are legal on the roads.

If you actually go to the trouble of attaching a brake, it’s not like you’re going to use it on level ground. So it really doesn’t matter how it’s adjusted.

You shouldn’t need one. The problem is with the fearful organizers and insurance company. If it can be explained to them that a unicycle cannot coast or roll on its own, you might be okay. On a penny-farthing this is not the case, and a brake would actually be a safety device on one of those.

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In article <johnfoss.n0s4b@timelimit.unicyclist.com>,
johnfoss <johnfoss.n0s4b@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:
)insurance company. If it can be explained to them that a unicycle
)cannot coast or roll on its own, you might be okay.

Unless it’s John Childs’ unicycle.
-Tom

I got on the US Triathlon website and emailed my desires to them. We are still so odd to the rest of the world, they don’t know what to think.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Typically, if they don’t want to think through it, or ask their boss, they’ll just drop it in the NO file. End of problem.

I may need your help.

I am not sure what you are riding. Here is the pick
of a simple side pull brake on a Sem XLW 28er. I don’t know if a 29" tire will fit in it or not, I find out in several weeks.

Just use a drill press for the brake mounting bolt into the crown. If you are running a Gazz, then this won’t help.

Maybe someone can loan you one with a brake, just an idea.

Good luck!

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Though nobody saw that one, we’re pretty sure it did anything but “roll.”

The term I use is “bowling!” :slight_smile:

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If I was bowling I’d have to call that one a gutter ball. :slight_smile:

I use the term “ghost ride” to describe a unicycle going along without its rider.

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If I was bowling I’d have to call that one a gutter ball. :slight_smile:

I use the term “ghost ride” to describe a unicycle going along without its rider. [/B]
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It’s actually ‘half a ghost ride’ as ghost riding is official bike slang from the early days of BMX, where one would purposely jump off his bike to see how long it would go; of course this was only after shouting out ‘Ghost Ride!’