Ultimate Wheel Questions

Hello,

As a project for an engineering class I have to improve some existing item.
I'm looking into how the ultimate wheel might be improved. If anyone out
there with UW experience can give me any suggestions about what could be
improved on the existing ultimate wheel, I would be very appreciative. I'm
already considering the following:
* leg abrasion
* side to side rocking

Thanks a lot,

George C. Barnes IV President ISU Unicycling Club

Re: Ultimate Wheel Questions

What about a nonplanar wheel? Could we devise some odd-shaped wheel that would
be easier to keep upright because the contact patch on the ground would always
be where most of your weight is likely to be?

So which ISU are you talking about?

Chris

“George B.” wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> As a project for an engineering class I have to improve some existing
> item. I’m looking into how the ultimate wheel might be improved. If anyone
> out there with UW experience can give me any suggestions about what could
> be improved on the existing ultimate wheel, I would be very appreciative.
> I’m already considering the following:
> * leg abrasion
> * side to side rocking
>
> Thanks a lot,
>
> George C. Barnes IV President ISU Unicycling Club

RE: Ultimate Wheel Questions

> about what could be improved on the existing ultimate wheel, I would be very
> appreciative. I’m already considering the following:
> * leg abrasion
> * side to side rocking

How about a seat? :slight_smile:

I just wonder if the ultimate wheel is something one would want to improve. It’s
supposed to be hard to ride, either as a part of an entertainment event, or for
exercise for someone like George Peck.

For a simple improvement, it might be nice to find out the optimum pedal
distance from wheel center (crank arm length equivalent). I don’t know if longer
or shorter makes it easier to ride.

Any thoughts on this?

Good luck George. George is from Iowa State University.

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com www.unicycling.com

“Dad, I’m hypo-icecreamic.” – Woody Hooten, at the end of a long MUni ride
(Woody’s mom is a doctor, and this sounds like something his family developed on
long car rides when the kids were young)

Re: Ultimate Wheel Questions

Greetings

In message “RE: Ultimate Wheel Questions”, John Foss wrote…
>> about what could be improved on the existing ultimate wheel, I would be very
>> appreciative. I’m already considering the following:
>> * leg abrasion
>> * side to side rocking
>
>How about a seat? :slight_smile:
>
>I just wonder if the ultimate wheel is something one would want to improve.
>It’s supposed to be hard to ride, either as a part of an entertainment event,
>or for exercise for someone like George Peck.
>
>For a simple improvement, it might be nice to find out the optimum pedal
>distance from wheel center (crank arm length equivalent). I don’t know if
>longer or shorter makes it easier to ride.

I once experimented considerably with wheel size and crankarm length. I even
built an UW with an extendible cranklength. I am sure that ultimately this
depends on personal taste, leg length, and the like. For me, I found that a
24" UW with a
5.5" crankarm is the easiest to control.

>Any thoughts on this?
>
>Good luck George. George is from Iowa State University.
>
>John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com www.unicycling.com
>
>“Dad, I’m hypo-icecreamic.” – Woody Hooten, at the end of a long MUni ride
>(Woody’s mom is a doctor, and this sounds like something his family developed
>on long car rides when the kids were young)
>

Regards, Jack Halpern President, The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc.
http://www.cjk.org Phone: +81-48e$B!]e(B473e$B!]e(B3508

Re: Ultimate Wheel Questions

If your project is successful you’ll end up with an UUW.

Klaas BilOn Fri, 6 Apr 2001 15:22:23 -0500, “George B.”
<gbarnes82@hotmail.com> wrote:

>Hello,
>
> As a project for an engineering class I have to improve some existing item.
> I’m looking into how the ultimate wheel might be improved. If anyone out
> there with UW experience can give me any suggestions about what could be
> improved on the existing ultimate wheel, I would be very appreciative. I’m
> already considering the following:
> * leg abrasion
> * side to side rocking
>
>Thanks a lot,
>
>George C. Barnes IV President ISU Unicycling Club
>
>


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automagically from a database:” “Lockerbie, minister, Abdelbaset Al Megrahi”

Re: Ultimate Wheel Questions

In my opinion, taking the post off and riding the Coker Ultimate Wheel is much
easier to stay on than a smaller wheel. I think a larger version (or heavier
wheel version) would increase control considerably. -chris

“Jack Halpern” <jack@kanji.org> wrote in message
news:200104071309.AA12417@mail.kanji.org
> Greetings
>
> In message “RE: Ultimate Wheel Questions”, John Foss wrote…
> >> about what could be improved on the existing ultimate wheel, I would be
> >> very appreciative. I’m already considering the following:
> >> * leg abrasion
> >> * side to side rocking
> >
> >How about a seat? :slight_smile:
> >
> >I just wonder if the ultimate wheel is something one would want to
improve.
> >It’s supposed to be hard to ride, either as a part of an entertainment
> >event, or for exercise for someone like George Peck.
> >
> >For a simple improvement, it might be nice to find out the optimum pedal
> >distance from wheel center (crank arm length equivalent). I don’t know
if
> >longer or shorter makes it easier to ride.
>
> I once experimented considerably with wheel size and crankarm length. I
even built
> an UW with an extendible cranklength. I am sure that ultimately this
depends on
> personal taste, leg length, and the like. For me, I found that a 24" UW
with a
> 5.5" crankarm is the easiest to control.
>
> >Any thoughts on this?
> >
> >Good luck George. George is from Iowa State University.
> >
> >John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com www.unicycling.com
> >
> >“Dad, I’m hypo-icecreamic.” – Woody Hooten, at the end of a long MUni
ride
> >(Woody’s mom is a doctor, and this sounds like something his family
> >developed on long car rides when the kids were young)
> >
>
>
> Regards, Jack Halpern President, The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc.
> http://www.cjk.org Phone: +81-48e$B!]e(B473e$B!]e(B3508

Re: Ultimate Wheel Questions

> As a project for an engineering class I have to improve some existing item.
> I’m looking into how the ultimate wheel might be improved. If anyone out
> there with UW experience can give me any suggestions about what could be
> improved on the existing ultimate wheel, I would be very appreciative. I’m
> already considering the following:
> * leg abrasion
> * side to side rocking

Try making the planar support about 1/8" thick with pedal screw holes flush on
the pedal side and sticking out 3/8" on the other side (covered by a contoured
cover so the leg can easily slide over it. This is to get the feet as close as
possible to the side-to-side balance point.

Also, try different width wheels from 1" through 3" and different shapes of tire
cross sections from round through virtually square.

Good luck!

Sincerely,

Ken.

Greetings

In message “Re: Ultimate Wheel Questions”, Chris Carey wrote…
>In my opinion, taking the post off and riding the Coker Ultimate Wheel
>is much easier to stay on than a smaller wheel. I think a larger version
>(or heavier wheel version) would increase control considerably. -chris

You are probably right, but the heavy weight may be difficult to control.
Did you try it?

Regards, Jack Halpern President, The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc.
http://www.cjk.org Phone: +81-48e$B!]e(B473e$B!]e(B3508