RE: Who are you guys?
> The original Mr. Pashley began building bicycles in England
> more than 60 years ago.
The original Mr. Miyata began building bicycles in Japan over 110 years ago.
Mr. Schwinn? He’s long gone.
Mr. United? I think that was a made-up name. Same goes for Torker, Savage,
Cycle Pro, and many others.
Mr. Jugglebug? That was Dave Finnegan, aka Professor Confidence. But he sold
the company to SportTime, and I think they added the unicycles after that.
Mr. Coker? He specializes in tires. David Coker is our contact when it comes
to the Coker Tire company, but He doesn’t read/post here.
Mr. Semcycle? That’s Sem Abrahams. I think he was the first unicycle “star”
to have a unicycle with his name on it. He comes to most of the unicycle
conventions (and lots of juggling ones too) and is an expert rider and
professional performer. Former Guinness record holder for tallest unicycle
(twice), and original author of the 10 skill levels and the IUF Standard
Skill rules. But he doesn’t post to the newsgroup.
Mr. Unicycle Factory? That’s Tommi Miller. He’s a custom builder, and was
the place everybody went to get special unicycles and parts before the
Internet made doing it online so much easier. Tommi does not use email.
Mr. DM is David Mariner. He’s been building unicycles himself, since the
1970s. A great source of unicycles for professional performers in the UK and
all of Europe. Maker of the first production unicycle with a splined axle
(the ATU). I think he also made the first production unicycle with a brake
Mr. Wyganowski is Paul Wyganowski from Minnesota. He’s a bike frame maker,
who started building custom unicycle frames for members of the Twin Cities
Unicycle Club (TCUC). Now his market has expanded to all the customers of
Unicycle.com and beyond.
Hunter is Rick Hunter (Hunter Cycles of Santa Cruz), another frame builder
like Paul Wyganowski. Rick started out by making a MUni frame for Bruce
Mr. Cordy is Charles Cordy, a deaf man who came up with his own design and
hand built almost the whole cycle, not just the frame! (I have deaf
relatives, so Mr. Cordy is extra cool)
Mr. Wilder? The unicycle is built by Scott Bridgeman of New Jersey
(www.muniac.com). He hasn’t posted lately, but I think he reads the group.
His site is loaded with unicycle information. The cycle’s name comes from
Wilder State Park (Wilder Ranch) in Santa Cruz, CA. It’s a great place to
ride a Wilder!
Kris Holm? I think we all know who he is. He posts a lot.
Profile? This is a bike-parts company. What they make for us is the
Poznanter hub. David Poznanter, from Santa Cruz, is a hard-core MUni rider
who helped Profile design the world’s second splined unicycle hub.
That was all the names I came across while going through the unicycles at
Unicycle.com. Here are some others:
Telford: Geoffrey Telford Faraghan. A computer engineer (professor at
Stanford) from Redwood City, CA, designed his elegant frames based on the
Rick Hunter design.
Bedford: Darren Bedford imports and resells unicycles in Canada, and posts
frequently to the newsgroup.
Matthews: Bill Matthews made/imported his own brand of unicycles from
Southern CA until his death about 10 years ago.
Emory: This is a guy in Florida, also making his own frames. Don’t know much
Loyd: Loyd Wicker Smith came up with the design that later became the
Schwinn unicycle. Loyd started making them in the late 50’s, I think.
There are lots of other older brands out there, but I don’t know much about
them. Many are distributors, (like Torker, Savage, Cycle Pro) and didn’t
actually make the cycles they sold.
That was fun!
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
“Vehicularly-Injured Sperm-Count seat: better known by it’s abbreviated
name, Viscount.” David Stone, on saddle preference