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  • #16
    John,

    How is the finish holding up to impacts? From the colour, I'd guess this in one of his earlyer frames (not 'hard' [read: thicker oxide layer] anadized).


    Christopher
    "Jeeeezus! I can be misunderstood enough all by myself" -Uni57

    "Jesus would love you if he were real."
    -Catboy

    "Could someone please pass the brain soap?"
    -Jethro

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    • #17
      RE: MUni frame by Steve Howard

      > hey john. that uni sounded like a blast to ride. in your last
      > paragraph said u were willing to accept bids for the uni
      > well im up for entering into the bidding for the frame because
      > im lookin at MUni's to get into it more and i love that frame


      If people would like, they are welcome to send me private bids. I will
      decide at a later date if you are eligible to win the auction. If I do this,
      the cost of shipping will be added to your purchase price. But it could get
      messy. If nobody at UNICON bids high enough, and then the winning bidder
      flakes, what do we do? Give it to the next highest bidder I guess, but if
      that was somebody from UNICON....

      Mostly I would like to reward UNICON attendees with the opportunity to have
      this beautiful unicycle. But If you'd like to take a stab at a bid, make
      sure you're serious.

      Note we are not auctioning just the frame. You will be bidding on the whole
      cycle as pictured:
      http://www.ofoto.com/I.jsp?m=64203631403&n=1244531114

      Stay on top,
      John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
      jfoss@unicycling.com
      www.unicycling.com


      "Vehicularly-Injured Sperm-Count seat: better known by it's abbreviated
      name, Viscount." David Stone, on saddle preference

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      • #18
        RE: MUni frame by Steve Howard

        > How is the finish holding up to impacts? From the colour, I'd guess
        > this in one of his earlyer frames (not 'hard' [read: thicker oxide
        > layer] anadized).


        Don't know, those are questions for Steve. So far we have protected the
        cycle from impacts.

        > Course, you might be the wrong person to ask, with only 2
        > MUni UPD's under your belt!


        Woah! Just goes to show how things can get interpreted. There's a long way
        between "UPD" and "falling down *on* safety equipment." First of all, like
        everybody else, I had to be convinced that you needed hand and knee
        protection for riding trails. Every time I didn't have it on, I'd usually
        get "dinged" to remind me.

        Try this out for fun:
        http://tinyurl.com/5j8
        I went down on my hands & knees, but the camera, on my back in the butt-bag,
        was safe.

        Then I've had plenty of falls, but I manage to stay on my feet most of the
        time. This is partly through being chicken, and not riding down something
        just because David Poznanter does. Otherwise it is through a combination of
        luck, and knowing my limitations. The better you know your limitations, the
        earlier you can bail before crashing.


        But yeah, I don't think the cycle has actually been dropped yet, just
        dismounted.

        I find that unicycles take more of a beating, scratch-wise, being loaded and
        unloaded from the car than they do when being used. This of course depends
        on how you transport your unicycles. If you only put one in your car at a
        time, it's a lot less likely.

        Stay on top,
        John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
        jfoss@unicycling.com
        www.unicycling.com


        "Vehicularly-Injured Sperm-Count seat: better known by it's abbreviated
        name, Viscount." David Stone, on saddle preference

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        • #19
          Freaking awsome picture! You're a good sport to shair that one.

          For forum viewers: the referance to UPD frequencey was edited out of my first post imediately after I posted- when I relized that I had misremembered the context of a previous post by John, in which he was remarking on the number of times he had to call on his Roach insurance policy. In fact, he made no such claim of only 2 MUni UPD's: he's just a legend in MY own mind, not his! Call me naive, but, shucks: Your the UniCyclone! I could believe it!

          Thanks again for the picture: I'v been sick for a good streatch (going from 3 hours a day to 2 hours a week sucks), and it made me smile.

          Christopher
          "Jeeeezus! I can be misunderstood enough all by myself" -Uni57

          "Jesus would love you if he were real."
          -Catboy

          "Could someone please pass the brain soap?"
          -Jethro

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          • #20
            The frames that John and Greg have are from my last batch of three and have an ornamental anodized finish - not hard coat. I've had just one frame hard anodized and I didn't like the way it turned out. I was going for bright red but the hard anodized frame turned out plum colored.

            It's not that the color is all that bad - it's the matte finish I don't like. I seems to get scuffed and discolors easily. It's like the surface is pourous so oil and dirt soaks in and stays. However, the hard anodized frame was bead blasted prior to anodizing so I'm sure that has a lot to do with the matte finish. I used a drum type sander/polisher with Scotch Bite wheels on the latest frames and they turned out the way I wanted them to. Even though I don't like the way the hard coated frame looks, that's the frame I've assembled into a MUni for myself.

            The first two frames I made were powder coated. I like the looks of powder coating but it turned out to be a problem for this particular frame design. The thickness of the powder coat seemed to vary quit a bit at different places on the frame parts so I had to file/sand/mill the powder coating at the mating surfaces so the frame would assemble correctly. Even though the threaded holes were plugged before coating I had to retap some of them before the screws would start in the holes. It took a lot of time.

            Steve

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            • #21
              Originally posted by showard
              I was going for bright red but the hard anodized frame turned out plum colored.

              I thought the plum was tasty! Red is cool (heh) and all- but has a certain "I'm going through unicycling-mid-life-crisis" feel to it. I AM, mind you- I just don't want to broadcast it so loudly. Uuummmmmmmm- Plum!

              It's not that the color is all that bad - it's the matte finish I don't like.


              'Ornamental' anodizing will PAINFULLY reproduce the surface texture before treatement- meaning that it will not hide or cover any imperfections. I never had any bead 'frosted' work turn out shiney! You can get some real tasty effects by masking a polished piece and bead blasting. Try using anything as simple as masking tape to tube rubber, depending on the pressure and what is used as 'sand' (garnet, aluminium, etc). It would be easy to apply a badge to the neck or ornament to the crown this way. You can also have dye decals printed- or just use rubber stamps (some actualy screen print!!!).

              Was there any noticeable change in part size on the hard anodized pieces?

              Christopher
              "Jeeeezus! I can be misunderstood enough all by myself" -Uni57

              "Jesus would love you if he were real."
              -Catboy

              "Could someone please pass the brain soap?"
              -Jethro

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              • #22
                OT: Hard Anodizing Colour Changes

                Steve:

                If you could get a good sample of the Hard Anodize Green colour, you could import it into a program like Photoshop and mix it with pure colours to predict the finish colour. Of course, you could also just anadize a test strip , but PS would let you mix a wide range of colours on your time, instead of the folks doing the anadizing.

                Christopher
                "Jeeeezus! I can be misunderstood enough all by myself" -Uni57

                "Jesus would love you if he were real."
                -Catboy

                "Could someone please pass the brain soap?"
                -Jethro

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                • #23
                  Re: MUni frame by Steve Howard

                  "John Foss" <john_foss@asinet.com> wrote
                  [a bunch of nice stuff about Steve Howard's new Muni]

                  I'll add that I rode the cycle last weekend a bit and liked it. I borrowed
                  it for a longish steepish uphill to see if there was any twisting or other
                  bad feeling in the frame, and there wasn't. Felt like nothing - just rock
                  solid. I didn't end up riding it much more than that, but I like the look
                  and it seems to work great. We'll have to see how it holds up long term.

                  Nice work Steve!

                  ---Nathan


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                  • #24
                    After a long hiatus including a relocation from Arizona to Washington, I am relearning to unicycle. I still have a nice selection of uni's to choose from but one has always stood out from the rest. Since somehow ending up with it at the conclusion of UNICON 11, it became my daily rider.

                    There have been questions as to how well the SH MUni would hold up long term so I'd like to report that the frame is in excellent shape with just some slight oxidation. Certainly, it hasn't had the stress that serious MUni riders would have subjected it but it was my daily rider for quite a few years. Here's a pic I took earlier this week. If I had to part with all my other uni's except one, I guess you know which one I'd keep!

                    So where are the other SH MUnis and how are they holding up? Harper?

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                    • #25
                      Nice!

                      I like the color choice. Nice to hear you still appreciate it.

                      PM for information if you’re looking to connect with any of the local unicyclist.

                      Enjoy,
                      JM
                      You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself....



                      ...

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                      • #26
                        Bloody hell, talk about necro-bumping a thread!

                        That is an absolutely whacky looking unicycle though, I love it.
                        “It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a half-brick in the path of the bicycle of history.”

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by ZaphodB View Post
                          So where are the other SH MUnis and how are they holding up? Harper?
                          As far as I know, that is the one I used to own. Of course, I don't know how many of the scalloped frames Steve made in red. I think Steve had one himself. Mine went to Miles Blackwood some time ago. I saw Miles on my birthday ride this year but failed to ask him what the status of the SH MUni was.
                          -Greg Harper

                          Nipples...do you ever have enough?

                          Change is good. Bills are better.

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                          • #28
                            Thanks, Joe. After I get more of my balance and stamina back, I'll PM you to find out more about the uni scene up here.

                            Greg..guess using my old handle of "ZaphodB" doesn't help much identifying me. I'm Keith formerly of the Arizuni club. The SH Muni I have was originally with John Foss. He donated it for auction at Unicon 11. Like many others during that Unicon and the preceding NAUCC, I drooled while John showed it off. I had recently gotten my Pashley and was stable enough on it to make it through the Iron Horse Tunnel ride and other events. I then had my sights set on getting a Coker. The SH Muni auction promised to create quite a bidding war that I was only interested in watching. Well the last day out there at the park wore on and a lot of people left before they finally got around to the auction. I don't recall what the auctioneer requested as a starting bid but the response was..crickets. Couldn't believe it. He then went through all of the obvious superlatives about the SH Muni and once again..crickets. So I raised my hand figuring that sometimes that's all it takes to get the bidding going. As soon as someone else improved on my opening bid, I would be out. It just didn't happen! Suddenly it was mine, they couldn't take a check, and I was racing down into Northbend in my car to find one or two ATMs to come up with the cash. I no longer remember what I paid but my sense is that it was $400. Whatever, it was a bargain. All the way back to Arizona, I kept looking back into the back seat to see if I was just imagining the whole thing.

                            I believe you had one of the other of the last batch of three frames that had the "ornamental" anodization vs the earlier few where Steve tried "hard" anodization that he wasn't happy with (color wise).

                            Anyway, great to be riding again although at my age I'm being very conservative. Course I'm not nearly as old as you, my friend!

                            Cheers!

                            Keith

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                            • #29
                              So that's why I never can find you when I go to Scottsdale. I'm going there in December (10-14 or so) and I suppose I won't see you then, either. Good luck keeping up with Joe. He's a beast.
                              -Greg Harper

                              Nipples...do you ever have enough?

                              Change is good. Bills are better.

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                              • #30
                                Looks like you're in for some choice weather down there. Wish I'd thought of stashing a uni with a friend in Tempe! That Miyata 24 isn't too useful up here in the woods anyway.

                                -Keith

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