Wooden Uni

Anyone built a wooden uni. Now that I can ride I thought it might be a fun project.

By the way, If all goes well, I should pass my next personal milestone of 1 continuous mile over the weekend. During last evenings 2 miles of practice I had one stretch of 3/4 miles without stepping off. Felt great except I knew I could have hit them mile had I not been distracted by my wife’s call.

-Cubby
24" Torker

Re: Wooden Uni

The answer, of course, is yes. Arne Tilgen had an article in an issue of Kaskade in 2000 on novelty unicycles, one of which was a wooden one. I had posted some pictures of them, but seem now not to have them any more. If you’re really interested, Arne’s contact information is available on the Kaskade website and perhaps he can dig up the photo. The file name he sent me was Holzeinrad.jpg. Holzeinrad means wood unicycle in German.

I’m pretty sure it was this issue.

Raphael Lasar
Matawan, NJ

Not 100% wood, but still…

At the suggestion of a colleague, I did a google search on “holzeinrad” and it turns out Arne has posted them himself. Here are the photos from the article.

Raphael Lasar
Matawan, NJ

I did the same search myself just as you were posting. I like it but It’s a bit more ‘raw’ that I was thinking. Using raw limbs like that is way cool.

I was thinking of something more along the lines of a highly finished possibly sculptural work. Will have to mull it around a bit.

Thanks All,
-Cubby

Robert Flynn broght a wooden giraffe unicycle to the 1999 California Muni Weekend in Santa Cruz. It had a fat ATV tire. The unicycle was made for a kinetic sculpture race where they had to ride their contraptions on a sandy beach. There is a picture of it here:
<http://unicycle.home.att.net/calmuni99.htm>
If you can find some other photo albums of the '99 muni weekend you should be able to find some other pictures of the wooden muni giraffe.

The unicycle was shiftable by putting the chain on different cogs. There was however a lot of slop in the drive train which made it difficult to ride. I never gave it a try, but John Foss did and didn’t get very far.

Joe Stoltzfus made a wooden frame for a muni. He’s a carpenter so working with wood is what he does. Joe brought his wooden muni to the 2000 muni weekend in Lake Tahoe. John Foss has a picture of it in his 2000 muni weekend Ofoto album.
<http://www.unicycling.com/ofoto/muniphotos.htm>
It’s the picture of the brown uni in the rainbow colored bike rack.

Joe’s wooden muni frame was made made with laminated wood in two halves like the Schwinn frame.

Re: Wooden Uni

“john_childs” wrote

> Robert Flynn broght a wooden giraffe unicycle to the 1999 California
> Muni Weekend in Santa Cruz. There is a picture of it here:
> <http://unicycle.home.att.net/calmuni99.htm>
>
> I never gave it a try, but John Foss did and didn’t get very far.

I think this was because the unicycle weighed 85 pounds…I didn’t want to
try it.

> Joe Stoltzfus made a wooden frame for a muni. He’s a carpenter so
> working with wood is what he does. Joe brought his wooden muni to the
> 2000 muni weekend in Lake Tahoe. John Foss has a picture of it in his
> 2000 muni weekend Ofoto album.
> <http://www.unicycling.com/ofoto/muniphotos.htm>
> It’s the picture of the brown uni in the rainbow colored bike rack.

The picture is #72 out of the 224. I was wondering if I was dreaming about
those wooden ones Joe made. I’ve been so used to seeing him on the Hunter
lately. But yes, both he and Jared rode those wooden Munis for a couple of
years. I never got to try one though.

—Nathan

I wonder how the bearings are mounted in a wooden unicycle frame? Wood would be an excellent unicycle material, particularly ash, hickory, or black locust.

Re: Re: Wooden Uni

Weight is not much of a problem. But the near half-revolution of play in the drivetrain is something that would take practice to get used to. Combine that with a heavy uni and a fat tire, and it’s hard to get it going without spending some time working at it.

Don’t remember for sure if I rode one, but they were not only very solid, they were lighter than they look. But they used a lot of resin material of some kind to protect and strengthen them, so they were quite a ways from being pure wood.

It would be hard to combine the aspects of an artfully designed, pure wood unicycle with something you could actually ride more than a few feet. I think it would be better to either focus on a piece of art, or something useful for riding.

Or you could make the entire thing out of balloons. Talk about light!

Re: Wooden Uni

On Thu, 28 Aug 2003 14:15:56 -0500, john_childs
<john_childs.svyp5@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>If you can find some other photo albums of the '99 muni weekend you
>should be able to find some other pictures of the wooden muni giraffe.

Also, there’s another set of 2 pictures in one jpg here
<http://www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/rovermuni.jpg>.

Klaas Bil - Newsgroup Addict

I go a sort of ok speed on my Coker… - Roger Davies

Talk about a fat tire for trials!

On another note, how about filling frames with hydrogen or helium, that’d lighten them up!:smiley:

Upsi-dasiyum (sp?)would be better, Rocky might still have some.:smiley:

heres one for sale

http://search.ebay.com/wooden-unicycle_W0QQfkrZ1QQfromZR8

it may have already been said,(not sure) but if youve been riding since aug 2003 shouldnt you be able to ride by now. or did you jsut start and register a while ago?