Ultimate wheel question

Recently someone wrote about the ultimate wheel (basically a unicycle without a
seat or post). I believe the posting indicated only a German manufacturer. If
that is the case (i.e. there is no US manufacturer or friendly nearby outlet), I
would like to construct one for myself. Is there a particular tire size
(diameter) that works well. I imagine the biggest problem would be having the
wheel go side to side during riding and banging into your legs if too large a
wheel was used.

Any comments, suggestions, or other help you can offer would be greatly
appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Re: Ultimate wheel question

On 24 Jan 1996, Dana Eckart wrote:

> Recently someone wrote about the ultimate wheel (basically a unicycle without
> a seat or post). I believe the posting indicated only a German manufacturer.
> If that is the case (i.e. there is no US manufacturer or friendly nearby
> outlet), I would like to construct one for myself. Is there a particular tire
> size (diameter) that works well. I imagine the biggest problem would be having
> the wheel go side to side during riding and banging into your legs if too
> large a wheel was used.

Tom Miller in the US makes or supplies kits for making ultimate wheels. His
address and phone number can be found in the FAQ.

-Andy Cotter cotter@skypoint.com

Re: Ultimate wheel question

Dana Eckart wrote:
> Recently someone wrote about the ultimate wheel (basically a unicycle without
> a seat or post). I believe the posting indicated only a German manufacturer.
> If that is the case (i.e. there is no US manufacturer or friendly nearby
> outlet), I would like to construct one for myself.

DM in the UK also make Ultimate Wheels and I’ve heard that SemCycle in Holland
do too. I don’t suppose either of these helps you in the US though. Tom Miller
at the Unicycle Factory offers a kit for attaching the pedals to the wooden
disk. It’s rumoured to retail at US$10-12. You can contact him at:

The Unicycle Factory 2711 N. Apperson Kokomo, IN 46901 Phone +1 317 452-2692

> Is there a particular tire size (diameter) that works well. I imagine the
> biggest problem would be having the wheel go side to side during riding and
> banging into your legs if too large a wheel was used.

I’ve written an article based on my experiences of learning to ride an Ultimate
Wheel - I’ve asked Beirne to make it available at the Unicycling Home Page if he
thinks it’s suitable. Anyways, until then, here’s my comment on wheel size…

I’m not convinced of a difference in difficulty based on wheel size. I learnt on
a 24" which I expected to be easier than a smaller wheel but, when I tried a
friend’s 20" that was at least as easy to ride - possibly easier. There you go,
maybe size isn’t important. :slight_smile:

> Any comments, suggestions, or other help you can offer would be greatly
> appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Any time. Hope it helps.

Regards, Mark.


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