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    Unicycle!

    Today I bought a vintage Schwinn unicycle! Unicycles are fixed gear! Yippie!!!

    Now excuse me while I dig up my full-face motorcycle helmet and body armor and head outside...

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    Wheelie!

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    where's the gear?

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    more like fixed wheel.

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    direct drive?

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    I pulled my unicycle out of storage in my parents' garage last weekend. If that ever gets boring, you can take the frame and seat off, and just ride the crank+wheel combo. They call it "the ultimate wheel".
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    I too just bought one a few days ago. From wheelchair wheelies to trackstands to unicycling, it just seemed like the next logical step.
    It was a little humbling to see a few 14 year olds doing trials tricks on picnic tables the next day though.

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    How difficult is it for a moderately experienced fixed rider like me to ride a unicycle? I can do a 10-60sec no-handed trackstand and 2-3 backwards circles in a row.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skelly
    more like fixed wheel.
    …actually, a fixed wheel wouldn't move

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    Rivendell Bicycle Works is planning on selling a few (about 50) unicycles. They will have lugged steel frames.

    Personally I don't like them, probably because I can't ride them (I tried!) and they remind me too much of a circus. I HATE clowns, they give me the creeps!
    "You handle it like you handle a bicycle" - Jacques Rosay, Airbus A380 test pilot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroplane
    I pulled my unicycle out of storage in my parents' garage last weekend. If that ever gets boring, you can take the frame and seat off, and just ride the crank+wheel combo. They call it "the ultimate wheel".
    They also call it "the impossible wheel"

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    Quote Originally Posted by LóFarkas
    How difficult is it for a moderately experienced fixed rider like me to ride a unicycle? I can do a 10-60sec no-handed trackstand and 2-3 backwards circles in a row.
    Easier than it is for non-bikeriders, but there's an entirely new dimention to fall in! Remember, just like going handless on a bike, the faster you go, the easier it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r-dub
    They also call it "the impossible wheel"
    unicycle.com sells something they call the impossible wheel, but it is different than the ultimate wheel. The impossible doesn't have pedals, just little platforms hanging down off the axle.
    Ultimate:



    Impossible:

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    How would you ride that?

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    Here's an interview with a local unicyclist from yesterday's paper. He has entered a Cyclocross race.

    UNICYCLOCROSS

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    I honestly believe that anyone can potentially ride a unicycle, and I'm sure you'd be fine at it. It took me about two weeks to learn how to ride, and I've been riding for the last 3 years.
    Yes, I can ride it.
    No, it doesn't hurt.
    No, someone didn't steal the other wheel.
    No, I can't do a wheelie.

    Being a unicyclist can suck sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwinnbikelove
    Now excuse me while I dig up my full-face motorcycle helmet and body armor and head outside...
    I've been ridding for the last three years, and I've honestly only completely fallen down 2 or 3 times - and that's because I was trying to do something crazy like wheel walk. I've never hit my head.
    For some reason people think of it as being unstable. Granted, you're on one wheel, but it's just like walking as far as being upright goes, and it's not like you're stuck on it like you are on a bike.
    Yes, I can ride it.
    No, it doesn't hurt.
    No, someone didn't steal the other wheel.
    No, I can't do a wheelie.

    Being a unicyclist can suck sometimes.

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    I want to try that "Ultimate Wheel" so bad...

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    Flatland freestyle riders used to(and probably still) use a front wheel with just pegs on it and roll it away from them and jump onto the pegs and just roll. Kind of like Thor in the BC comic strip.
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    UPDATE: If you care whatsoever about your genetalia, DO NOT buy a unicycle.
    Last edited by schwinnbikelove; 10-24-05 at 10:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwinnbikelove
    UPDATE: I you care whatsoever about your genetalia, DO NOT buy a unicycle.
    I've ridden uni for a long time and I haven't heard any complaints from your mom.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
    Men should never ride bicycles. Riding should be banned and outlawed. It is
    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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