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Old 2015-01-21, 10:47 PM   #46
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the tricky part for me is to learn more of skate start where I push with one foot and coast for a little while before pedaling.
Coasting skate-type start... is this a freewheeling geared hub then? I missed that bit before. If it is, I can see how your coasting unicycle experience is vital. For a regular "fixie-only" uni rider like me the combination of coasting and a gear ratio close to 4 would be absolutely prohibitive to riding.
So... is it freewheeling?
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Old 2015-01-21, 11:23 PM   #47
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Coasting skate-type start... is this a freewheeling geared hub then? I missed that bit before. If it is, I can see how your coasting unicycle experience is vital. For a regular "fixie-only" uni rider like me the combination of coasting and a gear ratio close to 4 would be absolutely prohibitive to riding.
So... is it freewheeling?
Yes, freewheeling 3.8x hub. The coasting part is a benefit with such a high gear because I don't have to start pedaling from 0 and I can get a little speed first. I'm not sure how practical it is as a method of transportation but it's a lot of fun.
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Old 2015-01-24, 07:48 PM   #48
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After a couple practice sessions it seems easier than I expected. My flat saddle makes it a little more difficult. I could easily swap that out but that strikes me as a crutch. It's easier to pedal-coast-pedal at higher speeds than a 1:1 freewheel. I can see maintaining 10mph on flat terrain.

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Old 2015-01-24, 09:24 PM   #49
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Very cool, Carl! You make it look easy.
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Old 2015-01-24, 09:36 PM   #50
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Do I need an Instagram account to see this, or what? I get a blank screen on both links.
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Old 2015-01-24, 10:10 PM   #51
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That is amazing.
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Old 2015-01-25, 12:44 AM   #52
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Do I need an Instagram account to see this, or what? I get a blank screen on both links.
You shouldn't. I opened the links in a browser that wasn't logged in to Instagram and they seemed ok. Maybe some kind of flash issue?
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Old 2015-01-25, 02:00 AM   #53
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You shouldn't. I opened the links in a browser that wasn't logged in to Instagram and they seemed ok. Maybe some kind of flash issue?
The links worked for me, and I don't have an Instagram account. Maybe there are different access rules for European countries?
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Old 2015-01-25, 02:16 AM   #54
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You shouldn't. I opened the links in a browser that wasn't logged in to Instagram and they seemed ok. Maybe some kind of flash issue?
Worked for me, and I don't have an Instagram OR Flash installed (Because F*** flash)

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Old 2015-01-25, 10:59 AM   #55
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The links worked for me, and I don't have an Instagram account. Maybe there are different access rules for European countries?
Works in Germany as well, Firefox 35 with latetest Adobe flash player
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Old 2015-01-25, 12:26 PM   #56
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Yes, it's a 20 inch wheel and the tricky part for me is to learn more of skate start where I push with one foot and coast for a little while before pedaling.
Waaalrus, why wouldn't you set a brake? I use it to jump-mount on my freewheel unicycle. I can't imagine how to ride brakeless freewheel uni at all, not to mention a 3.8 geared one!
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Old 2015-01-25, 01:26 PM   #57
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I've seen them now. They didn't work in IE but Firefox is OK, possibly because its Flash implementation is better up-to-date. Whatever.

This is so cool! I wouldn't say it looks easy, but it sure looks as if you (waaalrus) don't have too much trouble riding this setup. Kudos!
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Carl -- so awesome!!!
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Old 2015-01-26, 02:56 PM   #59
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Waaalrus, why wouldn't you set a brake? I use it to jump-mount on my freewheel unicycle. I can't imagine how to ride brakeless freewheel uni at all, not to mention a 3.8 geared one!
I put on a brake almost as soon as I got it; that first picture was just before I got a chance. The latest incarnation is with a KH Fusion Freeride saddle, Avid Speed Dial brake lever, TRP Spyke mechanical caliper, and (custom) Hope 225mm rotor. I usually ride flat saddles but the extra curve in the Freeride is actually pretty useful to help control the torque.



My normal freewheel mount is a static mount where I tap the brake as I'm on top of the wheel. On this high geared unicycle I don't tap the brake. I'm finding that just the slight momentum I get from hopping up to the saddle helps me to be able to slowly roll up to speed and I don't need to do a skate start. You can see it in the video linked above but it's maybe from too far away. Even if I could do a jump mount I wouldn't do it on this unicycle because the frame attaches to the hub with a set of bolts. There's a small lip that it sits into but it wasn't designed to have the weight of a body on top of it.

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Thanks, Corbin! You'll have to give it a try sometime.
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Old 2015-01-27, 02:25 PM   #60
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My normal freewheel mount is a static mount where I tap the brake as I'm on top of the wheel.
I can't understand how you do a static mount in the first place. When I try it on my freewheel uni, rear pedal is rolling down to the dead point (I do static mount on a regular uni perfectly well). Also I tried a static mount stepping on a front pedal first (pedals wouldn't roll away) but jump mount is easier for me.
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