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.
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.
Originally posted by john_childs
[B] [B] Though nobody saw that one, we’re pretty sure it did anything but “roll.”
The term I use is “bowling!” [/B]
If I was bowling I’d have to call that one a gutter ball.
I use the term “ghost ride” to describe a unicycle going along without its rider. [/B]
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!’