I live up here in !CANADA! and soon there will be snow . I usually love snow (skiing, snow boarding, etc.) but this summer I discovered unicycling an now I am afraid that the snow will hamper my ability to learn any have unique fun. I was wonderin if any of you guys uni in the snow and if it is feasible (spellin?). I should probably start by gettin a muni.
i grew up in montana, i rode in the winter then. i don’t remember it bein’ all that more difficult to ride other than the copious amounts of extra clothing it required. seein’ as you can do more with less clothin’ than say 20 years ago, it shouldn’t be that bad overall. expect to up your maintenance schedule, though.
a muni could help, i had both a schwinn 20" an’ 24" i rode. i’ve never ridden a muni in the snow. i think i can count on 1 hand the number of times it’s really snowed here in 10 years, though…
an’ yes, you spelled “feasible” correctly…
Muni_ing is fun in the snow. I took mine to the local sledding hill and rode down it last winter. It’s easy, as long as the snow isn’t too deep. You have “all wheel drive”. Make sure you get a muni with a 3 inch wide tire. The tracks they leave in the snow are impressive, and leave others wondering just what was it that rolled through here. Here’s some pics from a snow ride we had in Minnesota this spring; http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/album39
It can bring a whole new trick to unicycling… the coasting skid. Suddenly put a lot of weight on the back pedal, as if to slow down. In the right conditions you can lock the wheel and coast for a few feet.
During the British Unicycle Convention in Cardiff we has a game of unicycle ice-hockey and this maneouvre was the ‘trick de jour’… usually by accident though;)
Muni in the snow is quite fun. Cross country ski routes are very do able. Just make sure the snow is packed down so your tire tracks won’t wreck the ski trail. Some biking paths are used year round so you can still use them. Give it a go, it’s great fun.
Unique fun: go for it. Although beyond my level of skills I watched a 12
year old lad by the name of Zyllan riding a giraffe down the same snow slope
some other kids were sledging down. On a standard thin tyre as well.
I suspect the fact you have double the weight on the one wheel you have to
control renders it relatively easy to do. Visually though it looked
damned impressive and drew applause from the sledgers, who like me had
branded him a nutter before he started the ride…
Yes, rusting can be a serious problem. When riding in snow you will get ice and water in places that you don’t expect. Ice will get packed around the hub, bearings, in the pedals, in the frame, and all sorts of other places.
If you’re going to be riding in the snow and wet then it is important to do preventative and postride maintenance to keep the uni in good condition. Grease things up, replace steel bolts with stainless steel, watch for rust, and do regular maintenance. Pedals will need to be overhauled regularly too, because snow will force water and grit into the pedal.
If you have steel splined cranks (DM, Profile, etc.) you will need to keep the axle greased because that axle is bare steel and prone to rusting. If you get rust under the bearing or in the keyway in the Profile hub the rust will act like an abrasive and grind the metal and aluminum as you ride. That could be very bad. The tubular steel cranks can also get ice packed inside them and cause the inside of the cranks to rust especially around the welds. I would suggest Loctiting the bearing on the axle (yes even on the Profile) to prevent water and rust from getting under the bearing.
I ride my uni in the winter in the wet and snow. It’s a maintenance hassle, but worth it because the riding is still fun.
>Check your bearings for rust. Rims, spokes, nipples, cranks won’t
>rust. Pedals, maybe. Check inside your seat tube and the bolts on your
>seat and on the bearing holders every once in a while.
Steel rims, spokes and cranks are rust resistant, but they will rust in
the presence of somewhat constant moisture and even more so in the
presence of road salt. Rust can get under the chrome layer. Even
stainless steel can rust under adverse conditions.
Nipples are usually made of brass and are thus rustproof.
Just helping George out a little; on his webpage: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gbarnes/
there is a link for the “Studded Snow Unicycle” he made. I had the privilege to try it out, and it worked pretty well.
Okay, so you were asking about riding outdoors. Yes you can, and it’s a lot of fun. The more snow you expose the unicycle to, the more chance of rust, so keep it indoors after the ride, and take care of it.
Stay on top,
(learned to ride in Michigan in the Fall)