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Old 08-01-09, 12:34 AM   #1
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Unicycle touring

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...id=107998&v=1x

I've been working on unicycle skills recently and I have the thought of later getting a 36" and doing some short tours on it.

Just wondering if there is anybody on here that has done or thought about it?

it seems like the average on the link was just under 50 miles a day, this seems a little slow to me, but maybe it was because there were some smaller wheels too. If you ride a coker, what's the longest day ride you've done? I would like to do somewhere around 70 or 80 possibly on flat terrain eventually. (not on tour, but for a long day ride)

Any information on longer distance unicycling would be great : )

any preference on unicycle company or triangulation in the frame or not?

I would post in the alternative bike culture, but I don't think any long distance riders would frequent there. . . not that I think many people will respond here, but I'm fishing : ) if you feel like putting it there, I wouldn't mind too much.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...id=104500&v=2D

any other thoughts? or other crazy ways to tour? I like the guy on the penny farthing : )
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Old 08-01-09, 07:39 AM   #2
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1 Touring Unicycle, 1 Easy Racer Recumbent, 1 Beautiful loop tour in the Adirondacks
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Old 08-01-09, 10:02 AM   #3
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Slightly off-topic, but I saw a young couple on unicycles last weekend, riding on a multi-use path. They were pushing a child in a jogging stroller as they zipped along. Too cool!
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I know nothing about unicycles, but there was a guy last summer (or the summer before?) who rode the Dalton on his! Apparently, he had to get lots of rides on that one.
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Sounds crazy. Cool. Wonder how on earth you carry stuff though. 70 miles on a unicycle sounds like such hard work though - no freewheeling, all that extra balancing work. But you're the expert.
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hmmm.... I might want the challenge of finding out how to mount panniers on a unicycle.

Actually, i don't think it's possible...
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hmmm.... I might want the challenge of finding out how to mount panniers on a unicycle.

Actually, i don't think it's possible...
You would have to pack really light and get everything in a trunk bag.

Like here

I would think this might be fun for short daily mileages and short tours. Not much fun for lots of miles each day and lots of days. I could see were it would lose it's charm real quick.
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Sounds crazy. Cool. Wonder how on earth you carry stuff though. 70 miles on a unicycle sounds like such hard work though - no freewheeling, all that extra balancing work. But you're the expert.
I'm no expert : P I've only been riding about 3 weeks, but I'm already doing quite well, and feel very comfortable on it. I can idle and ride backwards already, but that's on a 20"

I plan on getting a 36" in a year or so, not too soon. I already have a giraffe uni waiting for me in Atlanta when I get back to school : )

I've ridden that kinda milage on my single speed on the fixed gear side. It's not so bad as long as you pick a decent route with no huge hills.

My main use for the unicycle will be rails to trails type riding : ) so mostly nice and flat.

and yes, as people have mentioned, the best you can do luggage wise is a seatpost clamp bag.
I had a crazy Idea that I would put a seatpost mounted rack on the front and back, but I wouldn't know about knee clearance. I imagine it wouldn't work well. I'm probably going with a TT style bottle mount, and two seat bags, one up front, one behind, and a credit card to top that off ;-P

I've also checked out the unicycle forums of course, but I'm glad I posted here : )
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Have you though of trying an extrawheel trailer (http://www.extrawheel.com/)? I don't know too much about them or unicycles, but just a thought.
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That is an idea almost crazy enough to work. . . . hahahaha, it would be tougher to keep your balance, and it'd probably take a while to get used to, but I wouldn't doubt if it was doable.

I think the real problem would be finding out how to attach it. The axle on a unicycle is set up differently than the back wheel of a bicycle, may have to do something custom to get it working correctly. . . and don't fall backward or you're in trouble xP

nice idea adaminic : )
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oh, the other thing is that the wheel for a touring uni is 36" some people tour on smaller ones, but they're slower, I'm planning on a 36, and their attachment is for a 29 inch. : (
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