Unicycle speedometers

Has anyone tried wireless speedometers on their unis? Is there a way to wear a
wireless speedometer on your wrist like a watch?

David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA

RE: Unicycle speedometers

> Has anyone tried wireless speedometers on their unis? Is there a way to wear a
> wireless speedometer on your wrist like a watch?

Back when those things first came out (late 80’s?) I was thinking about doing
that. But I was cautioned by a guy at a bike shop (Visentin’s in Oyster Bay,
Long Island; very smart people who stocked multiple Miyata unicycles!) that the
things were still unreliable, even at the standard short transmission distance
between front wheel and handlebars.

Much has probably changed since then, and I know Nashbar, for instance, has a
very inexspensive wireless model. But be aware of the expected distance you plan
to use, compared with the typical distance on a bicycle. From a uni wheel to
your waist level is probably twice as far as it would be on a typical bike.

For my MUni, I elected to go with a computer mounted under the seat. I chose one
that was intended for MTB use, with a heavy wire and extra shock resistance. I
won’t even name the brand, because though it works fine, it has the worst set of
instructions for any device that I’ve ever seen in my life. However I can now at
least measure how far I went…

Stay on top,

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

Re: Unicycle speedometers

In article <99BAA0EF4B10D211AC4000A0C95BF940C00A84@fmsmsx45.fm.intel.com>,
johnx.foss@intel.com (Foss, JohnX) writes:

>For my MUni, I elected to go with a computer mounted under the seat
…However I can now at least measure how far I went…>

How can one rig it up to see how fast you are going?

Jerry Cooper

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> How can one rig it up to see how fast you are going?

I’ve rigged my coker up so that I can see what speed I am going when I ride. I
have put the computer on the crown of the fork right where you would put your
foot if you were to ride one-footed (but not likely on a Coker).

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InsPark (inspark@aol.com) wrote:

: How can one rig it up to see how fast you are going?

: Jerry Cooper

An option if there are two or more riding together is to read each others!
Tricky on your own tho, maybe the dog could be trained to bark the right number
of times whilst chasing you…:slight_smile: sarah

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> I’ve got to ask… how fast do you find you cruise on your Coker when you are
> putting on a few miles?

About 10 mph (16 km/h) or so is the average.

> How about on a sprint?

Once when I tried to go as fast as I could on it, my maximum speed was 20 mph
(32 km/h). That’s a dangerous thing to do though. You wouldn’t want ride faster
than you can run, unless you know how to roll out of a fall.

> Do you find that you choose it for road riding or is it too clunky?

It is a pretty heavy unicycle, but that gives it a lot of momentum and helps to
keep a good pace when riding. If you were to fall and don’t catch the unicycle,
it will keep rolling for quite a distance. When I go out on a ride, I usually
take my Coker instead of my 28" just because it’s more of a novelty uni. Between
the two unicycles, I don’t know which is better for distance riding. The 28" is
light and very responsive, but the Coker can get going faster. Overall the
cruising speed on a ride is about the same no matter which unicycle I ride.

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Re: Unicycle speedometers

> InsPark (inspark@aol.com) wrote:
>
> : How can one rig it up to see how fast you are going?
>
> : Jerry Cooper

I’ve mounted the speedometer at the seatpost, unfortunatelly at the backside :frowning:
I thought it might look cooler. Later I found out that if I had mounted it at
the frontside, I could have looked at it just by bending down. Just clip it to
the seatpost, at a place, where you can see it.

lars


Lars Burgstahler Institute of Communication Networks and Computer Engineering
University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 47, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany Tel: (+49)
711 685 7966 Fax: (+49) 711 685 7983 E-Mail: burgstahler@ind.uni-stuttgart.de

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Re: Unicycle speedometers

I’ve used several different speedos with varying degrees of usefulness

  • another way to a have a cycle independant speedo is to carry a GPS handset
    around. The immediate speed calculation may lag a bit but the distance covered
    is accurate.

Leo White