Unicycle as a transportation ?

Amir wrote:
>
> I bought my first unicycle two weeks ago. I can ride it now for short
> distances (up to 500 meter) then my legs get pumped. I wonder if, after more
> practice, unicycle may be used as an efficient transportation (similar to
> bicycle), or it is just to hard to ride it for long distances.

I started unicycling on a 24" about two months ago (at the European Juggling
Convention), and since about the fourth day I had it I rode it to work, and try
to do so regularly. Down to the lake and along the lakefront it takes about 1:15
mins (most of the time though is riding up from and down to the lake). A more
direct (but less picturesque) route takes about 40 mins. I don’t know the
distance, but on a bicycle it takes me about 15 minutes (quite a few traffic
lights). Oddly enough, I haven’t got a hell of a lot faster as I’ve improved
(slowly) at riding.

I don’t know if that counts as “efficient”, but it’s a hell of a laugh. On the
other hand I don’t know if I learn that much, I’m always in a rush to get to
work, so I can’t stop at the skate park and play.

I’ve got a friend with a 20" that I tried a couple of weeks ago, but I wouldn’t
like to ride it very far.

While I’m here, does anyone have any comments about riding a uni in rain and
snow (since it’s coming soon). I have no problem on my bike. Should I try to
find a 24" MTB style tyre? Should I get a “proper” (ie 26") MUni before next
summer? Or do real unicyclists go MUni-ing all through winter anyway? (I mean,
in places that have a real winter, with snow and all)

And then, is there anyone in else Lausanne (Switzerland) who rides, plays
hockey, basketball, MUnis or anything? Apparently there are quite a few Swiss
hockey teams, but none that I’ve found 'round here.

Cheers, Geoff

RE: Unicycle as a transportation ?

> I started unicycling on a 24" about two months ago (at the European
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> traffic lights). Oddly enough, I haven’t got a hell of a lot faster as I’ve
> improved (slowly) at riding.

It’s only been two months, give yourself a chance. Some people would just be
making it down the driveway at this point…

> While I’m here, does anyone have any comments about riding a uni in rain and
> snow (since it’s coming soon). I have no problem on my bike. Should I try to
> find a 24" MTB style tyre? Should I get a “proper” (ie 26") MUni before next
> summer? Or do real unicyclists go MUni-ing all through winter anyway?

I used to ride all through the (Michigan) winter on a regular 24" unicycle.
Though it depends on the riding you do, a street tire will probably work fine
most of the time in the rain. I don’t see changing tread making a big rain
difference. For example, even a knobby tire will slip on wet metal.

Don’t know why you would want a MUni for summer and not winter. If anything, it
should be better for the commute in bad weather.

Also, when riding in rain, wear something to protect the backs of your legs.
Where a bicyclist will get the line of grunge up his or her back, a unicyclist
riding in the same stuff gets it on the backs of the legs mostly. Use pedals
with teeth to keep your feet safely on.

Riding on snow is more a matter of flotation. Depending on the kind of snow, a
fat tire will help you dig through it rather than stick and spin. I don’t have
enough MUni experience in snow to know how different it would be, but I used to
have plenty of fun riding through the snow on my regular old 24".

Stay on top,

Re: Unicycle as a transportation ?

After more practice, I recommend upgrading to a Coker 36". While no unicycle can
ever be as efficient as a bicycle (except uphill!) on a Coker it is possible to
cruise along averaging say 12mph, and even more as you get better and more fit.
I don’t know what you mean by long distances, but I rode my Coker 44 miles once
in 5 hours, and others go further and faster.

Check it out at http://www.unicyclesource.com/Coker_Tire_Company21316.html

Have fun, Nathan

“Amir” <anavot@aspectsoft.com> wrote in message
news:39e56f96@news.barak.net.il
> I bought my first unicycle two weeks ago. I can ride it now for short
> distances (up to 500 meter) then my legs get pumped. I wonder if, after
more
> practice, unicycle may be used as an efficient transportation (similar to
> bicycle), or it is just to hard to ride it for long distances.
>
> Amir

Re: Unicycle as a transportation ?

I commute to work about once or twice a week on a coker. I have a pretty big
hill to climb, but am certainly awake when I get to work.

For me it is a matter of time. It takes about 40-50 minutes via uni, 20-25 on
bike, or 10 by car. If I have the time I would rather ride the uni.

Regards, Bronson

“Amir” <anavot@aspectsoft.com> wrote in message
news:39e56f96@news.barak.net.il
> I bought my first unicycle two weeks ago. I can ride it now for short
> distances (up to 500 meter) then my legs get pumped. I wonder if, after
more
> practice, unicycle may be used as an efficient transportation (similar to
> bicycle), or it is just to hard to ride it for long distances.
>
> Amir
>

Re: Unicycle as a transportation ?

Me I don’t commute much on the old uni, but thats mostly because of the adverse
attention I attract in this parochial neck of the woods that I have the
misfortune to be residing in currently. However I did ride a distance of over
350 miles over 8 days on a 28 inch Pashly unicycle, great trip…no worries…I
imagine the 36inch cokers would be even better, though whats it like on steep
hills, up and down, I think those experienced should tell us! Cheers all Dez
Lumb www.dynamart.co.uk Amir wrote in message <39e56f96@news.barak.net.il>…
>I bought my first unicycle two weeks ago. I can ride it now for short distances
>(up to 500 meter) then my legs get pumped. I wonder if, after
more
>practice, unicycle may be used as an efficient transportation (similar to
>bicycle), or it is just to hard to ride it for long distances.
>
>Amir
>

Re: Unicycle as a transportation ?

“Amir” <anavot@aspectsoft.com> wrote:
>
>I bought my first unicycle two weeks ago. I can ride it now for short distances
>(up to 500 meter) then my legs get pumped. I wonder if, after more practice,
>unicycle may be used as an efficient transportation (similar to bicycle), or it
>is just to hard to ride it for long distances.

I had the same fatigue after a few hundred meters when I first started riding,
too. Now, two years later, I enjoy riding my uni to class every day. Granted,
it’s easier to ride on a college campus than in most other places – because you
always have paved foot paths. Also, drivers expect a lot of pedestrians on a
campus, so they don’t drive as fast as they might elsewhere. I wouldn’t want to
ride a uni through city streets for very long, though. It’s tough to watch out
constantly for drivers who think you don’t belong there at the same time you’re
trying to get to work.

I also enjoy taking 2- and 4-mile rides up and down the Charles River in Boston
when I’m not going to class. It’s a great way to get fresh air and see the city
from vantage points you wouldn’t otherwise get.


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