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Old 10-20-06, 10:20 AM
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Unicycle to work

Today I made my first attempt to unicycle commute.
Most days I bicycle the 15 hilly miles each way to work. Because of my low uni skill level, I made it multi modal today. 1.5 miles to a bus stop. Bus for 13 miles, another half mile of uni to the office. This on at 24 in wheel. My goal is to do the entire 15 miles on my 36er. But first, I need to learn to free mount that monster.
Anybody else out there uni-commuting?

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Old 10-20-06, 11:06 AM
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lol, you need to put fenders, a rack(??), and a 30W HID light on that thing
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Old 10-20-06, 11:10 AM
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Some have rack and lights. Fender? How fast would I have to go to get spray off the wheel? A computer is my next accessory to add.
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Do you juggle while commuting? That's awesome. I gotta give that a try one day.
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I've seen a guy around campus get around quick on a uni. Suprising at first, to say the least.
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You are my hero! Well, my unicycling hero, anyway.

I bought a unicycle a month ago, but haven't learned how to ride it yet. My goal is to one day unicycle to the train station, then take the train to work. Maybe unicycle around the office all day.

You've no doubt checked out www.unicyclist.com - the bikeforums.net of the unicycle world.
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I ride a 24 inch uni around the block, but 15 miles is just too far for me. Even if I could make it all the way it would take over 2 hours. Doing your whole commute would surely be impressive, and I know others have ridden way farther than that, but most consider just being able to ride the thing at all impressive enough. And yes, I have started to incorporate juggling "devil sticks" while riding.
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Old 10-20-06, 11:33 AM
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Ummm...I think this is called the bicycling forums.
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In graduate school I would unicycle from the parking lot to my office. That was only 1/2 mile, and a similar speed to walking on a 20" wheel. I've ridden as far as 2 miles at once, and that's far enough! I always wondered what it would be like on a larger wheel, but I've never known anyone who had one.
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Originally Posted by GTcommuter
Ummm...I think this is called the bicycling forums.
Actually its Bike forums- and I think a Unicycle is almost a Bike.

Never tried one- don't want to try one and won't try one. Only thing I ride offroad. We have a unicyclist in our area and we often see him up on the hills 5 miles from where he lives cycling up the hills. There we are huffing and puffing up the hills and come across him cycling up the same hills.

So 10 miles offroad and your commute sounds easy- but not for me.
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Originally Posted by stapfam
Actually its Bike forums- and I think a Unicycle is almost a Bike.

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Tandem riders refer to the one seat variety as a half-bike.
Does that imply a unicycle is a quarter-bike?
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I have encountered a gentleman riding a unicycle on one of our main trails here in Denver from time to time.
I wonder how it would handle in traffic?
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I saw a guy go down the hill in prospect park on one, I was like please don't die...
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I've thought about getting one to bring on business trips, but commuting - that's craziness.
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A friend of mine unicycles on his lunch break. What I mean by that is he runs errands on his lunch break. He goes pretty far. He says he has to keep in shape for the parade he rides in each summer.
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Just remember. You need to be a responsible citizen and put a brake on that thing.

How would you stop yourself if you get a leg cramp? You don't want to accidently ride it into traffic and endanger the safety of the public.

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Join the circus and you can unicycle AT work! For sure you'll have to juggle then.
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Off topic but totally related here.
I was involved in building the worlds largest unicycle a few years ago for old man Kriewall. He is part owner of the company I work for and I did all of the laser work on it.
It was a blast to see the guy mount that thing (from the top of a crane) and ride it.
The wheel would go about 5 feet before his body moved.
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Saaawheeeeat! I would love to see photos or video of that in action. Man, I would totally cheer you on if I ever saw someone uni-biking it.


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For Pete's sake, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send a picture.
This is the greatest thing I've ever heard. I need to see it.
I wonder how it would work in the winter up here?

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Pics? This isn't me, it is my son at the NAUCC trials championships in Memphis this year.



I also ride a 24" in and also need to learn to freemount. Commuting? Even my 5 mile commute would be pretty tough on a unicycle.
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Old 10-21-06, 07:39 PM
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This is hilarious. Made me wonder if anyone has made a geared unicycle. I'd have to be internal hub of course.
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I borrowed a Uni from a friend many years ago. I was just starting to be able to ride it, when he wanted it returned. By "riding it", I'm talking about 10 feet, complete with wobbles.

I've got the juggling down though - professionally for about 10 years.
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Actually, no. I have seen a geared unicycle. Even with a small (guess 15") wheel he was up there a bit. In Michael Shermer's book there is a picture of a guy on I-5 touring on a geared uni. It was a tall one as the picture shows a pair of small saddlebags between the cranks and the wheel. Shermer said the man was touring on the unicycle.

Good luck on the commute. See if your company PR guy would like to take a shot of you for the company newsletter.
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Originally Posted by G. Bucci
For Pete's sake, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send a picture.
This is the greatest thing I've ever heard. I need to see it.
I wonder how it would work in the winter up here?

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In the interest of safety I wouldn't do unicycle in the winter mate. It would really be risking damage to yourself. I'd rather have two tires on the ground for more grip then one. Just my IMHO


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