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Old 2018-09-10, 06:15 PM   #1
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Evolution of Unicycle engineering - Game changing parts!

Hello!

Hello especially to the old folks that have seem the unicyle evolve since the old times when KH was "just" a rider not a unicycle brand!

When cnc machined palastic handles and bike cranksets and custom frames.. For me the air saddle conversion was one of those amazing super cool things!!

Well you know what I mean... I would love to see which part do you remember.

Please share, I would love to hear!!

(You can share current parts or even prototypes of future developments)
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Old 2018-09-10, 06:44 PM   #2
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You mean parts that no longer exist and being sad about them disappearing?
Or the excitement of seeing new parts?
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Old 2018-09-11, 08:51 AM   #3
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Hello especially to the old folks that have seem the unicyle evolve since the old times when KH was "just" a rider not a unicycle brand!
Old times? Kris was only born in 1973. I was already in high school.

Probably the biggest breakthrough was taking the "farthing" wheel off.
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Old 2018-09-11, 12:02 PM   #4
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The pros and cons of old saddles vs modern ones.

Certainly the padding on the new generation of KH, Nimbus, and others is a welcome development.

However, I miss the character and convenience of the folding wooden saddle with a simple brass turnbuckle.

A happy accident of the folding mechanism was the groove for the coccyx, surprisingly similar to the design of modern bike saddles which cost £100 or more.

The ability to use basic woodworking tools to optimise the shape of the handle was good, but you had to be careful because in the event of a UPD it could split along the grain. Splinters in your fingers were bad enough, but they could be the devil's own job to get them out of the chamois pad of your cycling tweeds.
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Old 2018-09-11, 07:09 PM   #5
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Old 2018-09-12, 09:13 PM   #6
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Old 2018-09-12, 10:42 PM   #7
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For me the 36" unicycle was a game changer. When I learned how to ride there were only 20" and 24" unicycles.

I don't know if the internet qualifies, but the internet has helped the unicycle world.
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Old 2018-09-12, 10:53 PM   #8
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However, I miss the character and convenience of the folding wooden saddle with a simple brass turnbuckle.
A Google image search on your pic returned "Best guess for this image: cleaving axe".

Close enough.
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Old 2018-09-13, 05:35 AM   #9
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A Google image search on your pic returned "Best guess for this image: cleaving axe".

Close enough.

It's an antique folding shooting stick.

For anyone who doesn't know what a shooting stick is, it's less James Bond than it sounds. A stick that can be used as a walking stick, then used as a one legged stool either while you're firing your gun or while you're taking a rest and a nip from your hip flask.

https://www.antiques-atlas.com/antiq...ck_/as102a4053

I intend to write a serious response to this thread but I've been procrastinating. I hope to stop procrastinating tomorrow.
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Old 2018-09-13, 09:23 AM   #10
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I intend to write a serious response to this thread but I've been procrastinating. I hope to stop procrastinating tomorrow.
I like that!
You know - procrastinating people never take "now" as an answer - -

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I like that!
Procrastinating people never take "now" as an answer - -
I will use that!
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Old 2018-09-13, 01:19 PM   #12
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I will use that!
It is not my invention - just something I have heard some time ago.

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Old 2018-09-14, 03:40 AM   #13
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I hadn't heard it either, but was intending to get around to it.
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Old 2018-09-14, 03:32 PM   #14
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Meaningful innovations during my time in unicycling:
  • 1980: Plastic bumpers on saddles! (Miyata) Before that they were metal or non-existent
  • 1983(?): 1-less-tooth bottom sprocket for Schwinn Giraffe; tire doesn't wear in one spot
  • 1984: Bike shorts! They already existed, but few unicyclists wore them yet (I discovered them)
  • 1984: Unicon: Unicycling World Championships
  • 1990s: Paul Wyganowski, Rick Hunter, Chris Reeder and other custom builders who made great parts for us
  • 1995: Schlumpf hub introduced
  • 1998(?): Unicyclesource.com (later Unicycle.com)
  • 1998: Coker introduced; a revolution in long distance riding/racing to follow
  • 1999: First splined hub on a unicycle, the DM ATU
  • Early 2000s: KH and Nimbus, working separately and together, to develop better saddles, frames, hubs, etc.
Not all of those are engineering innovations, but many are pivotal to our sport being where it is today. And I'm sure I'm leaving out a ton of stuff...
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