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Old 2007-11-05, 05:53 PM   #1
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Historical 45' Giraffe; Photos

I was just in Grand Junction Colorado for a night this past weekend and was walking Main St. I walked into a bike shop I found because they had a bunch of funky bikes, tandems, and farthings.

I asked if they had unicycles. The sales clerk said "Wow, you're like the third person in two weeks to ask about unicycles, the only one we have is right above me." As she pointed up to the ceiling. I was confused as all I saw above her was (I thought) the fire sprinkler pipes.

It wasn't a fire pipe, it was a 45 foot giraffe. It stretched from one end of the store to the other, hung by the ceiling.

Turns out there was a semi-famous circus-unicycling family that lived in Grand Junction and they built this unicycle to break the world record.
Here is a picture of that record setting ride:

The record held for two months I was told. A museum in Grand Junction held onto the unicycle in peices for many years and was going to throw it out when the bike shop saved it from the landfill and put it on display.

A cool piece of Unicycle history that I thought needed documenting here.

Some details;
The wheel assembly: (20" white wall!)

Wire guides along the length:

How 'bout this seat? Ouch!

The shop was pretty busy and the guy was trying to find the newspaper articles, but I told him don't worry I would stop in some other day, and they should put it up on their wall. I gave him my email for when he had an electronic version available.

I don't know the name of this family, or what year this may have happened. (Pic looks like 60-63?) I'd be curious to know if there is any other mention in any unicycle histories someone may have.
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