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  • Originally posted by waaalrus View Post
    I made another version with a longer bar which enables me to do one-finger braking.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BkvGyYXA5xr/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BkstmctgM0b/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BkvaSZlAOmH/
    Don't you find it more troublesome to have the brake more to the front? Because of the T-Bar on my 32", the brake handle is also in front of the seat, but when going downhill, it makes balancing a bit more difficult I think. With handle right under the seat, closer to the centre feels better.

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    • Unfortunately waited too long to be able to edit the previous message. Anyways Waalrus, another thing I noticed with your handle bar, where are the handles, there is only a bar

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      • Originally posted by Setonix View Post
        Don't you find it more troublesome to have the brake more to the front? Because of the T-Bar on my 32", the brake handle is also in front of the seat, but when going downhill, it makes balancing a bit more difficult I think. With handle right under the seat, closer to the centre feels better.
        I completely agree that closer to center feels better, especially on the freewheel. My hand position is actually very similar to what it is when the lever is mounted directly under the bumper. It's just turned 90 degrees so that I can use a single index finger to brake. There might be a way to have a differently shaped bar (maybe J) so that the lever could be turned so that it's more like a lever on a mountain bike but that configuration might have more a tendency to snag on legs during a UPD and it might be more difficult to protect the brake hose.

        https://www.instagram.com/p/BkxpEzgg8Nx/

        Originally posted by Setonix View Post
        Unfortunately waited too long to be able to edit the previous message. Anyways Waalrus, another thing I noticed with your handle bar, where are the handles, there is only a bar
        It may be difficult to see in the photo since it's black but I have a grip on the bar where I hold it. On longer rides when I'm mostly pedaling (vs. coasting or brake-coasting) I put my left hand over the right one just slightly ahead of it.

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        • I put my original handle on my fixed unicycle and am trying out this new one on my freewheel unicycle. I cut about 2" off the bar and this is the longest the brake hose will reach. Instead of cutting off the top of the T I attached the flexible PVC coupling to a cut off handlebar end.

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          • I finally got around to making my homebrew version of the KH bars. Old bike handlebar, mounted in an adjustable stem, bolted to a stiffener plate I cut and drilled from an aluminum plate.

            The stem is actually mounted backwards vs. a bike, with the handlebar where the steerer tube is supposed to fit.

            No advantage vs. the normal KH setup except cheapness. With tax and shipping, buying a KH bar from UDC would have cost as much as I paid for the unicycle...

            So far it seems OK. I kept the saddle handle because I liked it for riding uphill standing, pulling on the handle. I might swap the bar out for something that works better for 2-handed riding, but we'll see. It seems stiff enough, even though I didn't install 2 of the bolts (didn't have enough long bolts lying around).
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            • I like your purple frame!
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              • Nice job!
                I was thinking that there was something to do with bike stems for a custom bar and you just demonstrated that it is viable.

                I cannot wait to see your trick for a 2 hands setup
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                • Elegant and simple. I like that, thanks for sharing
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                  • Front Bumper

                    I think that one thing missing on off the shelf or homemade handlebars is a dedicated front bumper. They will smack the ground or road sometimes and it make sense, just like a modern unicycle saddle to be prepared for the inevitable.

                    On my daily rider I added a tough front bumper to protect the handle. It can slam into the pavement with great speed and force with no damage. On this one the tennis ball (with a little padding inside the ball) will hit the road well before the handle.



                    I also made a larger one that serves as a bumper and tool carrier. I can carry all the tools I need including tire pump and patches.

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                    • Originally posted by Siddhartha Valmont View Post
                      I cannot wait to see your trick for a 2 hands setup
                      Just cut the bar ( looks like seat post) 2 inches in front of the stem and put a cheap frame over it, clamped with a seatpost clamp. and there you are...
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                      • Originally posted by MrImpossible View Post
                        I might swap the bar out for something that works better for 2-handed riding, but we'll see.
                        Probably a bad idea to put something light and fragile on the front of a unicycle, but I couldn't resist this cool carbon fiber aerobar I saw on ebay for $25. It's from a Profile Lightning Stryke clip-on aerobar kit.

                        I wish it were a few inches longer, but otherwise I like it. Still have to put some handlebar tape on the grip areas, and figure out a bumper so it *might* survive a crash.
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                        • Originally posted by MrImpossible View Post
                          Probably a bad idea to put something light and fragile on the front of a unicycle, but I couldn't resist this cool carbon fiber aerobar I saw on ebay for $25. It's from a Profile Lightning Stryke clip-on aerobar kit.

                          I wish it were a few inches longer, but otherwise I like it. Still have to put some handlebar tape on the grip areas, and figure out a bumper so it *might* survive a crash.
                          That looks very nice.

                          I'm guessing it is most likely to break where the bar goes into the stem. If you could find a way of joining part your other bar onto this it would lengthen it and maybe stop it breaking there too. Getting a piece of tube the right diameter to go up inside the carbon and alloy tubes might be difficult though. If you got something a bit smaller some glassfibre/epoxy body filler might do to pad it out and bond the smaller tube inside though and strengthen everything up.

                          I had a set of Profile Design carbon bar ends mounted on the underseat bars on a recumbent at one point -- I was pretty sick when I came off it and damaged those. I hope this setup lasts a while for you.

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                          • that is a nice looking handlebar. I hope you can find a way to protect it.
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                            • Originally posted by MrImpossible View Post
                              I wish it were a few inches longer, but otherwise I like it.
                              That's what she said.
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                              • For a while, I used a squash ball as a bumper, rather than the tennis ball shown in a recent post.
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