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January 4th, 2016 at 1:28:51 PM permalink
Ayecarumba
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I am not really clear how he mounts the saddle. Does he balance on the paint can with his right foot, then straddles the seat; or does he use the can as a step as he runs/jumps up from behind?
January 4th, 2016 at 2:14:08 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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How do you suppose this couple mounted their unicycle?
January 4th, 2016 at 2:19:48 PM permalink
Nareed
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You just set it running on a treadmill to activate the gyroscope effect, then climb it while it's more or less holding itself vertically ;)
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January 4th, 2016 at 6:07:07 PM permalink
Ayecarumba
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Quote: Pacomartin
How do you suppose this couple mounted their unicycle?


For the guy's sake, verrrry carefully...
January 24th, 2016 at 1:36:43 PM permalink
Wizard
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Quote: Wizard
I'm thinking about doing a 51-mile ride for my 51st birthday.

One thing that holds be back is I still have a mental block about mounting the 36" unicycle. I know how, but I don't know that I know how. So some days I just stand there and have a hard time to get up the nerve to do it. It is especially hard when I'm tired.

So, I considered doing it on my 29" unicycle. I've debated with myself about this last time. To help, I timed myself on a 1.39 mile course around my neighborhood. Here are the results:

36" unicycle: 9 minutes, 13 seconds. Average speed = 9.02 MPH
29" unicycle: 11 minutes, 3 seconds. Average speed = 7.55 MPH

Pretty big difference. I think I could increase my speed on the 29" with shorter crank arms, but that would take me up to 8 MPH tops.


Getting back to this topic, I just changed out the crank arms on my 29" unicycle to be 117/137mm. They are set on 117mm at the moment. I tried a ride around the neighborhood on it and my speed was 8.64 MPH. That gives me pause to seriously consider doing my 51-mile ride on my 29" unicycle.

I met Terry "Unigeezer" Peterson last weekend and brought up this idea and he seemed aghast at the idea of doing any long-distance ride on anything other than a 36". Then again, he doesn't seem to appreciate the difficulty I have with the 36". The slightly slower speed seems a fair trade off compared to less effort expended moving both forward and rotationally a much larger wheel and that I don't have to worry about mounting it.
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January 24th, 2016 at 2:25:44 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Why doesn't he have trouble with the
36, are his legs longer or shorter than
yours? Did we discuss this already?
That's what I'd be working on, why I
can't ride a 36.
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January 24th, 2016 at 6:03:26 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Wizard
I met Terry "Unigeezer" Peterson last weekend and brought up this idea and he seemed aghast at the idea of doing any long-distance ride on anything other than a 36".


But you would expect that reaction from him. If you were comfortable on your mount, then would you even consider using the smaller wheel?
January 24th, 2016 at 6:45:11 PM permalink
Wizard
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Quote: Pacomartin
But you would expect that reaction from him. If you were comfortable on your mount, then would you even consider using the smaller wheel?


No, I would use the 36" for sure if I felt comfortable I could mount it without assistance when dead tired. However, given his rebuke of my idea, I'm even more determined to use the 29". I think the 29" is a nice size for amateur riders and doesn't get enough respect.

Speaking of mounting the 36", had a good day today, getting off six mounts in about 20 minutes.
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January 25th, 2016 at 8:15:54 AM permalink
Ayecarumba
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Quote: Wizard
...Speaking of mounting the 36", had a good day today, getting off six mounts in about 20 minutes.


What is different? How can it be reliably replicated?
April 30th, 2016 at 7:24:32 PM permalink
rxwine
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Did you see the Google logo today?

Claude Shannon's 100th birthday.

mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory".[1][2]

Outside of his academic pursuits, Shannon was interested in juggling, unicycling,

Shannon and his wife Betty also used to go on weekends to Las Vegas with MIT mathematician Ed Thorp,[31] and made very successful forays in blackjack using game theory type methods co-developed with fellow Bell Labs associate John L. Kelly Jr., a physicist, based on principles of information theory.
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