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Old 1995-10-25, 11:20 PM   #1
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According to the 1996 Guinness Book of World Records, which I browsed briefly in
a bookshop, in 1994 some Swede (forgotten the name) rode the world's smallest
unicycle. I think it said it was 8 inches high - what stuck in my mind was the
wheel diameter - 1 inch.

Does anyone have any more information about this? I don't mean the name or the
date - I can look that up again. I mean HOW do you ride a unicycle that small?
Was it a standard or a "giraffe"? Did it have a seat, or just a handle?

Thanks

Julian (who is thinking of making a 1cm tall unicycle, gluing it to the sole of
his right shoe, and hopping on the spot, so he can claim he has broken the
record by doing a one-foot idle
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Old 1995-10-29, 04:41 AM   #2
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Re: World's Smallest Unicycle

In a message dated 95-10-25 19:27:17 EDT, you write:

[color=blue]>According to the 1996 Guinness Book of World Records, which I browsed briefly[/color]
[color=blue]>in a bookshop, in 1994 some Swede (forgotten the name) rode the world's[/color]
[color=blue]>smallest unicycle. I think it said it was 8 inches high - what stuck in my mind[/color]
[color=blue]>was the wheel diameter - 1 inch.[/color]
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[color=blue]>Does anyone have any more information about this? I don't mean the name or the[/color]
[color=blue]>date - I can look that up again. I mean HOW do you ride a unicycle that[/color]

[color=blue]>small? Was it a standard or a "giraffe"? Did it have a seat, or just a handle?[/color]

His name is Peter Rosendahl, and he was the first men's World Champion of
Individual Freestyle at the first UNICON, in Syracuse, NY in 1984. He performs
around the world, but mostly in Sweden, at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, and
perhaps at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.

He also holds the current 100 meter record at a blistering 12.4? seconds from
a standing start. His previous record (12.74) was set on a 24" Miyata Deluxe
with 5" crank arms. I don't know if this newer record was done with the same
cycle or not.

Peter now has a connection with the Guinness people, so they pay attention
to him, and it's a good publicity tool for him. It would be nice if he could
use his influence with the Guinness people to get more unicycle events added
to the book!

His tiny unicycle is a "standard" unicycle, which he pedaled, which is what
makes it hard. Sem and Teresa Abrahams have one with about a 1.5" wheel, which I
tried once, but couldn't get my shoes to work the pedals without scraping the
floor. At the time (1990), they were just learning it too. I don't think hopping
would count as "riding" such a unicycle.

The 1985 and 1986 Guinness Books listed the smallest unicycle as one with a
wheel diameter of 11/16" ridden by JeanPaul Jenack. Why did they take this
record out?? Guinness works in mysterious ways. I have ridden this unicycle,
which is also hard, but not as. The "tire" is a thin belt which acts as a chain,
making this unicycle one of the world's smallest giraffe unicycles, with crank
arms about 1.5" long!

Peter Rosendahl can also be seen on the cover of the Miyata book, ANYONE CAN
RIDE A UNICYCLE by Jack Halpern, which used to come with Miyata unicycles sold
in the U.S. He's the one with the girl on his shoulders.

Any other questions?

John Foss the Uni-Cyclone unicycle@aol.com
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Old 1995-11-04, 06:33 AM   #3
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Re: Smallest Unicycle/record lists wanted

On Sun, 29 Oct 1995 Unicycle@aol.com wrote:

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[color=blue]> Peter now has a connection with the Guinness people, so they pay attention to[/color]
[color=blue]> him, and it's a good publicity tool for him. It would be nice if he could use[/color]
[color=blue]> his influence with the Guinness people to get more unicycle events added to[/color]
[color=blue]> the book![/color]
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[color=blue]> Well, I am just writing a German book about sports world records. I[/color]
would like to include as many unicycling world records as possible. For that
reason I am interested in information about such records. Are there world
records verified by an international organization? Can anybody send me the list
of current world records (men and women) for sprint and endurance records? Any
information about funny records as the smallest unicycle or about historical
"firsts" are also welcome.

I would be very grateful for any information.

Ralf mam92esf@studserv.uni-leipzig.de

(Ralf Laue, P. O. Box 80, 04181 Leipzig)
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I am ressurecting this thread from 1995 and adding this http://www.peter-rosendahl.com/en/titles.html
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