Unicycle on a roof rack

Has anyone had success mounting a unicycle on a roof rack?

I know it’s easiest to just toss it inside, but I want it to be for visual
appeal.

Scott

Yup. I’ve had my muni, trials, and Coker all on my Yakima roof rack. I had to do some custom widening of the tire channel to get the 24 x 3 Gazz on my muni to fit.

for visual appeal, use a rear bike carrier

Mike Scalisi (mscalisi) mouts his muni on the roof rack of his Element. He has some sort of U shaped bar for it to help it stay.

Photo (tholub’s gallery):

http://unicyclist.com/gallery/?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_itemId=158908

Note the sign!

…that’s to help the rack stay, right? I heard he had some problems with the unicycles staying on the rack :stuck_out_tongue:

I was quite envious of Mike’s Element and the rack setup. Looks like the perfect uni hauling rig.

Did I mention how well KH unicycles hold up when bouncing at 70mph on the freeway?

My rack is for bikes. It has a bar that clamps to the bike frame and you also strap the wheels in the tray. On a uni, the bar clamps to the frame, but the staps aren’t long enough to secure a 3" tire to the tray, so I use bungees. On Saturday I was in a bit of a hurry and forgot the bungee. Oops. The only apparent damage to the 2003 KH was to the seat. Pretty impressive. Thank god no one was behind me and the unicycle bounced into the center divider.

I’ve used a rear-mount bike rack on a few occasions; it’s a faff to attach everything compared to just chucking unis in the boot, but you do get some classic looks of people who don’t seem quite sure what they’re seeing.

This is with three 24" munis on the back after the Quantocks BMW.

Phil

uni-rack.jpg

Re: Unicycle on a roof rack

SM wrote:
> Has anyone had success mounting a unicycle on a roof rack?

This is my wife’s car with 2 unicycles on Thule 510 racks:
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It worked well until we arrived at the Crawley juggling convention this
year. We didn’t bother getting out to check that the unicycles would
fit under the car park barrier, because we knew there hadn’t been a
problem in previous years. What we hadn’t realised was that they had
fitted a new, lower barrier…

Anyway, Thule provided replacement straps FOC.

> I know it’s easiest to just toss it inside, but I want it to be for
visual
> appeal.

It’s fun watching passengers in other cars rubbernecking on the motorway.


Danny Colyer (my reply address is valid but checked infrequently)
<URL:http://www.colyer.plus.com/danny/>
“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” - Thomas Paine

How to work it with a Bug and a big wheel (I’m sure it would work with a Coker as well):

unibug.jpg

…translation please? Babelfish doesn’t have a “British <-> American” option yet. :stuck_out_tongue:

None needed; I actually have storage compartments in the heels of my sturdy shoes capable of holding several unicycles. :roll_eyes:

Phil

“Put it in the trunk”

Re: Unicycle on a roof rack

phil wrote:
>>it’s a faff to attach everything compared to just chucking unis in the
>>boot

and maestro8 requested:
> …translation please? Babelfish doesn’t have a “British <-> American”
> option yet. :stuck_out_tongue:

That would be “English <-> American”, English being the language we
speak in the UK :stuck_out_tongue:

Anyway, chucking = throwing, boot = US trunk. Dunno what an American
translation of faff would be. Do you use the word “palaver”, I suppose
that gets close? It’s not an easy word to define.

Hang on, let’s try a dictionary. My dictionary says: “bustle
ineffectually”. That doesn’t really get across a true sense of the
meaning of the word, IMHO.

Anyway, my wife’s a champion faffer.


Danny Colyer (my reply address is valid but checked infrequently)
<URL:http://www.colyer.plus.com/danny/>
“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” - Thomas Paine

faff v :
dither, futz, diddle, potter about uselessly, be indecisive, “I spent the day faffing about in my room”.

I rather like that word. Too bad I’m not british, so if I ever use it, it will seem bizarre and out of place. Ah well.

And here I thought you spoke UK:D

I use a trunk (boot) mounted bike rack on my Honda Del Sol, but it really kills my power & MPG as my Coker thinks it’s a sail.

Dang, they got us with that one.

Better/more relevant definition of faf:

It’s what you get when on a group ride with any more than 1 rider, mainly when trying to get the group to set off.