> There was an unusual contraption pictured, and when I looked at the
> description, it said it is used to train unicyclists! It consisted of two 10"
> wheels connected side-by-side, joined by a pedal assembly. In other words,
> there was a pedal assembly (bent iron with pedals at the horizontal bends)
> sandwiched between two 10" wheels (no seat, post, etc.). It was something new
> to me, and I thought I’d share it with all of you. Has anyone ever seen such a
> contraption or heard of it being used to train potential unicyclists?
These are quite readily available in the UK - just about all the juggling shops
seem to stock them (and we’ve got a lot of juggling shops).
The local juggling club has a couple. The youngsters seem to enjoy playing on
them - they find them easier than unicycling. Personally, I find unicycling a
lot easier. Maybe I’m weird. Nah…
One thing though, when you fall off a unicycle, you land on your feet. When you
fall off one of these “pedal thingies” it tends to take your feet with it…
> It seemed overpriced (about $40) considering the obvious lack of quality
> in construction, but I suppose someone might find it useful.
Hmm, sounds expensive. Not sure what they retail for around here but I think
it’s about half that. Probably about 10-15 pounds.
BTW, there’s a four wheel version too. Now that is easier.
The two-wheel version might help with learning to unicycle but I doubt it. The
main advantage would probably to show the “trainee” that they do have a sense
of balance after all. The four-wheel version’s just a toy.
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