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  • #16
    Originally posted by pierrox View Post
    Maybe you should have built a 36" giraffe!
    Actually, I have never seen a giraffe with a wheel bigger than 20", is there such a thing?
    I have some facebook friends from Africa that ride giraffe unicycles with larger wheels. Here's a 26'r: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
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    • #17
      Do you know what country that is? Judging by how the gutters are built, it looks like they get a lot of rain there.

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      • #18
        He lives in Aba, Abia, Nigeria. I assume that's where the photo was taken, but I can't guarantee that.
        "I'm a unicyclist. I make my own reality."

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        • #19
          Originally posted by pierrox View Post
          Actually, I have never seen a giraffe with a wheel bigger than 20", is there such a thing?
          Here is а 26" fat-giraffe!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWszLQjLb0A

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Romival View Post
            Is that you?

            1) Wow!
            2) Way to persist in getting the freemount!
            3) Way to go riding that thing on snow!
            4) Interesting frame design -- who built it?
            5) Nice giraffe!
            6) Wow!

            "I'm a unicyclist. I make my own reality."

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Romival View Post
              Very cool!
              I'm not short, I'm just really far away.

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              • #22
                Yeah, that is a cool video. Before it was posted, I had searched You Tube for 26" giraffe unicycles, but found nothing.

                To me it seems that a larger wheel would be safer than a high gear ratio if you wanted to go fast on a giraffe because it would allow you to roll over stuff more easily. I have only ridden conventional giraffes, and only a few times, but I did notice that even small bumps could be a problem. A larger wheel diameter might help, but I don't think a higher gear ratio would!

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by juggleaddict View Post
                  Thanks John, that's a perfect explanation of what I'm feeling.
                  I figured that out from watching your video, and possibly from my own memories of riding my geared up Schwinn back in the day, and maybe another geared giraffe or two in between. It seems to make sense about the wheel not tracking straight when you're trying to pedal through a turn, and the smaller the wheel, possibly the more noticeable the effect.
                  Originally posted by juggleaddict
                  ...I've seen a youtube video of a 36er giraffe at a juggling convention or something. It looked as dangerous as you may imagine. I imagine 24s are not all that uncommon.
                  I imagine the main difference on a 36" giraffe would be the (much) heavier wheel, plus being about 8" higher up compared to a 20" wheel. I think it would ride really funny for most of us, since we've never done it.

                  The Schwinn Giraffes were made with space for a 24" wheel in the A-frame, and I've seen a few around. I think not big enough for a 26" though.
                  Originally posted by Romival View Post
                  Nice! Looks like a great giraffe for Muni! But as far as snow is concerned, you're not getting your money's worth from that tire...

                  My brother made some home movies of me on my Giraffe in our icy street (back in 1980 or 81). I think the stock Schwinn whitewall stuck about as good as that fat tire! That was super-8 and I have a VHS conversion; someday I want to get that converted to digital....
                  Originally posted by song View Post
                  To me it seems that a larger wheel would be safer than a high gear ratio if you wanted to go fast on a giraffe because it would allow you to roll over stuff more easily.
                  Absolutely. Downside is that a bigger wheel weighs more. Generally, smart people don't ride giraffes on bumpy surfaces.
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by LanceB View Post
                    Is that you?
                    No! This is my friend Andrey.

                    Originally posted by LanceB View Post
                    Interesting frame design -- who built it?
                    Andrey built the frame himself. Some photos of giraffe building are on his page in social network VKONTAKTE.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Romival View Post
                      No! This is my friend Andrey.

                      Andrey built the frame himself. Some photos of giraffe building are on his page in social network VKONTAKTE.
                      It's an amazing giraffe!

                      And your friend Andrey seems to have pretty cool stuff like what looks like a 29" (or is it a 36"?) ultimate wheel!

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                      • #26
                        Those UWs are great, and LOVE the Oregon giraffe! Andrey is a talented fellow!
                        "I'm a unicyclist. I make my own reality."

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                        • #27
                          I love Andrey's video because it demonstrates perseverance, then success. To me, that is one of the common threads all unicyclists share.
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                          • #28
                            Which one to buy

                            I rode a 5 footer a couple days ago. Very cool. Gotta have one. What is the best quality/features/brand/size to buy. I'm only getting one.....or two... Seriously, single chain ? Double ? Thx jeff c

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                            • #29
                              I don't think there is much wrong with any of them if you're just going to be riding around a bit on it. If you're going to be spending lots of hours performing (or just dropping it lots!) then you might want to get a heavier duty one. Personally I own a Nimbus twin chain, but that's just because it's what came up for sale s/h - I'd have happily bought a single chain one. I've ridden single chains, and not sure there's a huge difference in riding, though presumably the twin chain balances things a bit more and prevents twisting, plenty of people happily riding single chains. The downside of the twin chain is that it's a bit heavier.
                              Unicycling: great for your thighs.

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                              • #30
                                Seeing as this thread has popped up, it seems the appropriate place for my query - I'm trying one footed idling on my giraffe, but not sure where to put my spare foot as there is no crown. Has anybody put grip tape on the front of the main tube to rest their foot against, or even added a peg to put your foot on?
                                Unicycling: great for your thighs.

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