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    Dan,

    This wasn't the best day for a long ride. After a couple of days of playing on my new MUni, my legs couldn't push the necessary 34/15 gearing. I spent most of the ride on the 34/17 combination. Since I have seen no times posted yet, I might as well start the ball rolling with a dismal 1:09:45. The excuses are no better than the time. I should improve on this with fresh legs, or at least when it gets cooler. The heat index was 97 degrees during this ride (of course I picked the hottest time of the day and rode without my Camelbak). It was also uphill all the way (oh yeah - it's a circle). Did I mention it was snowing? I'll quit now. By the way, I finally got some pics in the gallery. Here's the link.

    http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albun01
    Jeff Baker
    jeff@unibiker.com

    MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!!! > > > > Unibiker's Photo Gallery

  • #2
    WOW,seeing is beliveing.

    can you come ride with me?you would get all the comments and i could unicycle in peace without all the "other wheel"comments..
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    • #3
      That is WAY cool, Jeff. Thanks for posting the photos.
      -Greg Harper

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      • #4
        you have probobly stated this before,but i forgot.how long do you think your longest distance without pedal or brake action was on the unibike?just sheer body movement & freewheeling balance.
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        • #5
          Jagur,

          I donít coast much at all (maybe 5 seconds or so, occasionally). The balance point is pretty sensitive without a front wheel for ballast (however, I donít have nearly the problem with the wind fouling up my steering). Iím either pedaling or braking most of the time. Since I have much less control when standing up (so I donít) I donít have much room for forward and backward movement, like on the 20-inch bikes which I could coast for half a block or so. How far can a good unicyclist coast without any drag on the wheel? If I took my feet off of the MUni pedals, I not only wouldn't coast, but I wouldn't be getting up for a while.
          Jeff Baker
          jeff@unibiker.com

          MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!!! > > > > Unibiker's Photo Gallery

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          • #6
            The unibike pictures are great. I've been wondering what this unibike looked like. Now I know. Thanks. That is too cool.

            You have both a rim brake and a disk brake. Why two brakes?

            john_childs
            john_childs (att) hotmail (dott) com
            Team Never Wash Your Muni
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            • #7
              Originally posted by unibiker
              How far can a good unicyclist coast without any drag on the wheel?
              this is a great question,some people can coast,hopfully someone that can will answer this.i've read that its the next step after gliding but i dont imagine it would be to far.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by jagur
                this is a great question,some people can coast,hopfully someone that can will answer this.i've read that its the next step after gliding but i dont imagine it would be to far.
                At UNICON Matteo Camani (Swiss National Team) coasted 119.82 meters in the track coasting competition. I don't know what the record is for track coasting, but 119.82 meters is pretty darn good. This is coasting on a flat track. I have heard rumors of downhill coasting. I would guess that with the right nice long gentle slope that it would be possible to coast a long ways.
                john_childs (att) hotmail (dott) com
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by john_childs
                  You have both a rim brake and a disk brake. Why two brakes?
                  John,

                  The disc is actually the third brake (as if two werenít enough for one wheel). I have used two rim brakes (operated by separate levers) for quite a while, to allow resting of one arm at a time while maintaining control over the brakes. Then I moved to Nashville a few months ago and found an 11-mile loop at Percy Warner Park with very long, very steep hills. I could only make it about half way down the steepest before losing brake control due to hand fatigue (couldnít have that). So I took the disc wheel off of the other bike and rigged it to a friction type gear shifter so I could Ďlock iní the necessary braking to control the descent, while leaving the other brakes free to control the balance. It works great. I have now lost track of how many times Iíve made it around Percy Warner.
                  Of course, I could have saved myself some time by relying on the knowledge base in this forum. I spent a few hours considering the problem before the idea popped into my head. A month later, I saw a MUni on this site that had the same setup.
                  Jeff Baker
                  jeff@unibiker.com

                  MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!!! > > > > Unibiker's Photo Gallery

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                  • #10
                    RE: 25k TT Failure

                    > I don't know what the record is for track coasting, but
                    > 119.82 meters is pretty darn good. This is coasting
                    > on a flat track.


                    Flat, and high-friction. On a harder track, much longer distances should be
                    possible. I think the record is 144 meters or so, set by Yuichiro Kato at
                    UNICON VIII in England (1996). That must have been a less mushy track.

                    > I have heard rumors of downhill coasting. I would
                    > guess that with the right nice long gentle slope that
                    > it would be possible to coast a long ways.


                    We did this at UNICON IV, V, and VI. Can't remember if we did it at any
                    others. The competitions were held on roadways that had slight downhill
                    slopes, so coasting experts could go until they ran out of hill. This was
                    what they did. At UNICON V, Jose Roman coasted to the end of the street,
                    which was in a neighboorhood, ending in a cul-de-sac (dead end). He actually
                    managed the bump up onto one of the driveways there, and partway up the
                    driveway!

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

                    "Next time, I don't want to camp the old fashioned way. I want the new and
                    improved way... WITH NO BEARS!!!" -- 10 year old nephew Austin Miller, on
                    our recent camping experience (in a tent, with a bear trashing the campsite
                    outside)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by unibiker


                      .......and rigged it to a friction type gear shifter so I could Ďlock iní the necessary braking to control the descent, while leaving the other brakes free to control the balance. ............
                      Of course, I could have saved myself some time by relying on the knowledge base in this forum. I spent a few hours considering the problem before the idea popped into my head. A month later, I saw a MUni on this site that had the same setup.
                      I copied the idea from a tandem I'd seen - gear levers work well on road descents - not so well on technical off-road descents.

                      Leo White, Cheltenham
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                      • #12
                        Re: 25k TT Failure

                        Originally posted by unibiker
                        Dan,

                        This wasn't the best day for a long ride. After a couple of days of playing on my new MUni, my legs couldn't push the necessary 34/15 gearing. I spent most of the ride on the 34/17 combination. Since I have seen no times posted yet, I might as well start the ball rolling with a dismal 1:09:45. The excuses are no better than the time. I should improve on this with fresh legs, or at least when it gets cooler. The heat index was 97 degrees during this ride (of course I picked the hottest time of the day and rode without my Camelbak). It was also uphill all the way (oh yeah - it's a circle). Did I mention it was snowing? I'll quit now. By the way, I finally got some pics in the gallery. Here's the link.

                        http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albun01
                        1:09:45 is posted in the open category. Congratulations, you are the first to post a time. I hope this is the first of many!

                        You Unibike is cool

                        dan

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                        • #13
                          Re: 25k TT Failure

                          > Congratulations, you are the
                          > first to post a time. I hope this is the first of many!
                          >



                          Dan,

                          I'm still trying to find a suitable route. Once I do I'll post a time. Do
                          you have any suggestions in Utah Co.?

                          -mg



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