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  • Scoox
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    I'll skip the handlebars for now, I suppose I can add them later if I need them. The new uni arrived today but I've not been able to go and collect the parcel from the nearby delivery company as it was pouring down, hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to pick it up and, more importantly, take it for a spin.

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  • finnspin
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    Originally posted by song View Post
    Yes, that's what I meant. I'm not sure why UDC (US) recommends putting them on the KH27.5, as it's not a touring unicycle, and touring is the only kind of riding I know where you really need handle bars, but some people do use them for other stuff.
    Nearly all the Kris Holm team riders seem to have switched to a short T-Bar setup, apparently it is really ergonomic compared to having a regular handle and a brake lever under the seat. The normal handle combined with the brake lever under the seat is a disaster from an ergonomic point of view.

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  • song
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    Originally posted by Scoox View Post
    Handlebars on it, you mean on the 27.5er?
    Yes, that's what I meant. I'm not sure why UDC (US) recommends putting them on the KH27.5, as it's not a touring unicycle, and touring is the only kind of riding I know where you really need handle bars, but some people do use them for other stuff.

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  • Scoox
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    Originally posted by song View Post
    Nicely done! UDC recommends putting handlebars on it, but when I borrowed one for a few minutes, the handlebars were the one thing I didn't like. That's probably just because I'm not used to handlebars, though. I wanted to ride it down a flight of stairs that I have ridden many times on my 20 and also a few times on my 29, but I tend to be very cautious on unfamiliar unicycles, especially if they have little handlebars pointing at my crotch, so I didn't do it. The owner of the uni tried a couple of times but kept falling off. I am pretty sure it would be one of the best ever for going down the stairs, though, and there is probably a lot of other fun stuff you could do with it once you got used to it.
    Handlebars on it, you mean on the 27.5er? Not sure how I would get on with handlebars, esp. at this moment. Initially I rode with both arms in the air waving like mad, and now I can ride with either hand on the saddle handle while the other stays in the air for steering and balance. I've seen people riding with both hands on the saddle or on handlebars but at my level I honestly can't fathom how that'd be possible considering how much I rely on my 'free' arm for balance and steering. I suppose it'll come to me, in time.

    Anyway, I'm really looking forward to riding the bigger wheel. Basic geometry tells me it's not going to be a whole lot faster than the 20er, at least not in terms of meters per revolution, but I'm hoping the flat saddle, lower crank to wheel diameter ratio and the increased wheel diameter and lower roll resistance combined will make the ride less taxing and therefore easier to sustain for periods of time long enough to enable me to use it for short commutes. Right now the biggest limiting factor is going to be weather. It's 30C @ 70~80% humidity (more some times), 12:00 PM, and I just went to the bank and back, about 1200m total, and I'm ready to jump in the shower. It's going to be a blast though after summer :
    Last edited by Scoox; 2018-06-28, 04:48 AM.

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  • song
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    Nicely done! UDC recommends putting handlebars on it, but when I borrowed one for a few minutes, the handlebars were the one thing I didn't like. That's probably just because I'm not used to handlebars, though. I wanted to ride it down a flight of stairs that I have ridden many times on my 20 and also a few times on my 29, but I tend to be very cautious on unfamiliar unicycles, especially if they have little handlebars pointing at my crotch, so I didn't do it. The owner of the uni tried a couple of times but kept falling off. I am pretty sure it would be one of the best ever for going down the stairs, though, and there is probably a lot of other fun stuff you could do with it once you got used to it.

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  • Scoox
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    Quick update, UDC China just replied and said they will send me a brand-new KH27.5 and this time it's going to be the latest model so I'm getting exactly what I wanted!! They will cover all shipping costs too. They will investigate the defective unicycle and report to Kris. Apparently I must have got a lemon because they checked their warehouse and non of their stock had any issues. Could have been the last piece from an old batch, who knows. Great service anyway

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  • Scoox
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    Already contacted them, they are going to look in the warehouse today to see what's going on. They seemed cool about it, I'm confident this will resolve satisfactorily. I'm sure sharing the pics here is no biggie because corrosion is just one of the many things that can happen to aluminium that's been sitting for a long time in a humid environment. The newer KH rims are entirely powder-coated (the old ones like mine have anodised sidewalls) and looking at my rim there is zero corrosion in the powder-coated areas.

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  • song
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    Yes, definitely email them those photos. As I mentioned before, the unicycle they sold me had a KH Moment hub, which had a defect that apparently is common to most KH Moment hubs: they make louder and louder noises until eventually they fail. I called first, and UDC didn't want to send me a new hub, even though it was still under warranty, but then I emailed the guy I had spoken to and attached a very noisy video file of my wheel while I was idling on it. With each back-and-forth it went "Tick-tick-tick! Tick-tick-tick!" I didn't threaten to post it on the web or anything naughty like that, but he agreed right away to send me a replacement hub. I suppose I should have demanded that they rebuild my wheel, but I didn't feel like hassling them anymore, or sending my uni through the mail, so I tried the rebuild myself and on the second attempt, ended up with a very solid, silent wheel.

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  • finnspin
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    I'd email them with pictures to get some money back... I agree, it should be in better shape for that price point (and they usually are). But none of the damage is functional, or more than a few months of riding would do, so sending it back would be a bit silly I think. I haven't dealt with UDC China, but so far, every unicycle dealer I have dealt with was very reasonable.

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  • song
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    It looks like UDC China's warehouse is near the ocean, or maybe in an area infested with worms that eat aluminum!

    Is there any pitting on the brake disk or brake shoes? If so, it might cause a problem that would be more than cosmetic.

    Oh well, give them a call. As I said, with me they were pretty reasonable, and the unicycle in question was one of their cheaper trials unicycles, a composite of parts they were trying to get rid of, rather than a giant hog.

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  • Scoox
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    The pitting on the rim is pretty deep, and there was a whitish patch around the pit. I used a cloth and Autosol to try to sort it out but white rough patches can still be seen around the area. The whole rim was had similar patching around it although Autosol took care of most of it. What these pics show is the stuff that can't be fixed.

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    IMO a top of the line uni like this should be spotless. Even my cheap trials Chinese unicycle was. I'll need to contact UDC, but I've developed a phobia to the whole RMA proccesss due to bad past experiences with uncooperative retailers whose idea of quality and mine differ.
    Last edited by Scoox; 2018-06-25, 06:34 AM.

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  • song
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    In the US, on the whole they were pretty reasonable with me back in 2014 when I had to contact them regarding some problems with a new unicycle. They might have tightened their belts since then, and they also might behave differently in China, but giving them a call couldn't hurt.

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  • Scoox
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    The KH27.5 arrived. As I said, it's the older model with rim brake mounts. The box's staples were all rusted over and the box had a definite mould scent, but I didn't make much of it as it's just a box.

    I unboxed the uni and it had a few thin mould patches, particularly under the saddle, and an overall mould scent. I wiped it down and left it in the sun for a couple of hours to get rid of the smell. Not too worried about this.

    However, I noticed several corrosion (pitting) patches in three places: the rim side walls, the cranks, and the brake caliper. I've previously seen this happen to aluminium exposed to humidity. Judging by the rusty staples and the mould smell, plus the fact that it's an older model, I reckon this uni has been in UDC China's warehouse for quite a while, possibly years, and that they have some sort of moisture control issues. Essentially, when I order this puppy I thought I was getting the Harley Davidson of unicycles, lovely shiny brand-new perfection, and in fairness I can tell the unicycle was in pristine condition right off the production line (basically it has no scratches or scuffs), but then... the pitting. A scratch inflicted by me, the owner, is a badge of honour; pitting is a pebble in the shoe, a nerve-grating annoyance that won't go away. Do you guys think I could ask UDC to sort this out or am I being too picky?
    Last edited by Scoox; 2018-06-25, 02:01 AM.

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  • Scoox
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    Originally posted by johnfoss View Post
    I like your illustrations with the sad and happy balls. I'm not going to ask what that big yellow thing is...
    It's the mother of all balls, obviously.

    Originally posted by johnfoss View Post
    Unless you're a dog. Dogs don't have pores in their skin; that's what the oversized tongue and all that panting is about.
    Never knew that, but a colleague once said "I'm sweating like a dog" and he was drenched so I put two and two together. The more you know...

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  • johnfoss
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    Originally posted by JimT View Post
    The Stadium saddle is named that because it has a stadium shaped cutout in the middle. A stadium is a two-dimensional geometric shape constructed of a rectangle with semicircles at a pair of opposite sides. Alternative names include discorectangle and obround.
    Or Hippodrome. Or would that sound too circusy?

    Originally posted by Scoox View Post
    2. ...It's not so much the padding in the shorts that helps, but the low friction. When wearing regular cotton shorts, which can get very moist, the skin is unable to move freely relative to the saddle, which results in chafing.
    I like your illustrations with the sad and happy balls. I'm not going to ask what that big yellow thing is...
    Originally posted by Scoox View Post
    The whole thing is ridiculously addictive. After the ride I was sweating like a dog and took a shower.
    I was sweating like that today too, on a very early ride! Supposed to get up to 105/40.5. With much effort will come much sweat, which definitely means you sweat more as a beginner. As things get easier, you can accomplish the same riding with less effort. But if the heat and humidity go up, especially if the ride involves lots of uphill, it can be hard to avoid sweating.

    Unless you're a dog. Dogs don't have pores in their skin; that's what the oversized tongue and all that panting is about.
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