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    I租 like to have also: KH 24+Schlumpf, Nimbus 24 ultimate
    I鼠l never try: Freewheeling (too dangerous), g36 (too fast), giraffes (too tall)

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    I'm pretty sure I've ridden one somewhere, and it wasn't very exciting. Not much different from riding SIF.

    If you wanted to build one, it wouldn't be too hard. Find yourself a friendly bike store, ideally one of these DIY- bike repair shops, they usually have a large amount of used spares lying around. A handlebar, stem (the clamp on type), unicycle seatpost and maybe some shims should be all you need. As far as my quick google research showed you should even be able to find everything is the correct sizes of the shelf, no machining needed.
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    • #3
      Yes, they do, or at least did. Some of the earliest unicycles were Penny farthings with the rear wheel and spine (frame) removed. As the seat was attached to the spine, this left only the wheel, cranks, pedals, forks and handlebars.

      It is perfectly possible to ride a unicycle like this. It is very similar to riding "seat in front" although perhaps a little less tiring on the arms when you're learning. However, it combines the worst of both worlds, lacking the day to day practicality of the conventional unicycle whilst sacrificing the easy portability of the ultimate wheel.
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      • #4
        Here's Marco Vitale's Mad4One version,
        https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...&id=1037240346

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        • #5
          On a previous unicycle I had, I put scooter bars on it and gave it a shot. Myslef, I could not ride it. However, at this point I can barely ride my unicycle without a rail to grab close by.

          I also experimented with skate bikes and was going to rig up those training wheel systems, and consider getting one of those unicycle trikes as learning aids. I have since decided just to find areas with a rail to grab as needed for practicing, and just to stick with a conventional unicycle.

          Better to have free hands to expand into juggling etc. in the future.


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          • #6
            Friend of mine has built one. Geared KH 24'' wheel, T-bar attached to a seatpost I made for him so he could ride it without a seat. I'll ask for pictures!
            Jakob F.

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            • #7
              You mean like this? I built it but haven't been successful at riding it. I put it away for a while saving it until my freestyle skills improved and so far they haven't.
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              Last edited by LargeEddie; 2017-11-29, 01:11 AM. Reason: Oh yeah, you probably meant one with a crank and pedals! My bad. :-)

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              • #8
                So wheel-walking would be a pre-requisite to riding LargeEddie's cool uni-thing? Or is this more like an ultimate-wheel with handlebars?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jener8or View Post
                  So wheel-walking would be a pre-requisite to riding LargeEddie's cool uni-thing? Or is this more like an ultimate-wheel with handlebars?
                  Does anyone do SIF wheel-walking or without a saddle somehow? I can't picture it but who knows. The idea for this was that it's a BC wheel (aka impossible wheel) with a handlebar as an extra aid. I've seen flatland BMX tricks where the rider stands on the front pegs holding the handlebars, with the actual frame and rear wheel swinging freely. This is basically that without those extra swingy parts.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LargeEddie View Post
                    Does anyone do SIF wheel-walking or without a saddle somehow?
                    That's almost the only thing Matt Sindelar does! Not to denigrate him, he's a very impressive freestyler and does tons of other stuff too, but wheel walking while not using the seat seems to sort of be his trademark. Others do it too, of course, but, well, watch this 2-minute video and you'll see why I immediately thought of him when I read your question.

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                    • #11
                      I hadn't seen that! He could just as well have a unicycle with a handlebar instead of a seat. He spends more time holding his saddle than sitting on it. Amazing!

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                      • #12
                        I asked only because I wasn't sure if putting your feet on the ground to push it was "against the rules" or how to propel it? I have never tried anything like an ultimate wheel, so I really can't wrap my head on how to ride with cranks and a handlebar or without cranks! Another stupid question here, but ultimate wheels are essentially for short distances or long grades, then, yeah? I've seen plenty videos, and even saw the handlebars before, too, but it's all coming together, gah, more things this forum has made me want to try!

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                        • #13
                          Somewhere I have seen a Chinese guy in Asia riding with no seat and holding on to a long and tall bike handle bar. It looks pretty funky and utterly useless.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jener8or View Post
                            Another stupid question here, but ultimate wheels are essentially for short distances or long grades, then, yeah? I've seen plenty videos, and even saw the handlebars before, too, but it's all coming together, gah, more things this forum has made me want to try!
                            From way back in my first year of unicycling:
                            Ultimate wheel vs. BC wheel

                            Post #8 still has maybe the best BC wheel and ultimate wheel videos I've seen, Nicolas Potier and Anthony Soumiatin.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LargeEddie View Post
                              From way back in my first year of unicycling:
                              Ultimate wheel vs. BC wheel

                              Post #8 still has maybe the best BC wheel and ultimate wheel videos I've seen, Nicolas Potier and Anthony Soumiatin.
                              Thank you! I'm sure I made the distinction in my head before, but I guess it's taking more repetition to stick these days. Those videos are amazing! The talent and innovation of people on here is really impressive. To my knowledge, I have never seen either in person, which is sort of surprising, but maybe I wasn't paying attention! I've seen flatland BMX and still can't comprehend...

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