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Old 2019-06-06, 01:43 PM   #1
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Transportation

How does everyone transport their unicycles? I have a small SUV that barely fits my KH 29" with the seats folded down. I have a daughter who needs to be in a car seat in the back.

Do you guys use bike racks? Those make me paranoid because the unicycle is easily worth $2500 since I put a Schlumpf hub in it.

On a second note... How do you guys deal with rain if it has to be transported in the rain?

Any recommendations on bike racks, if that's the way to go?
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Old 2019-06-06, 07:33 PM   #2
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I've transported my 29" Oracle with a KH bar with a Mont Blanc carrier on a roof rack along with other bikes and a tandem. The carrier is like this one:
https://www.montblancgroup.com/en/gb...h-left/729705/

I put the wheel in the dished part where the bike front wheel goes, the clamp can slide up an down until you get a decent fit onto the uni frame. I put an extra couple of straps round the wheel just to be sure. The clamp has a lock so it locks it closed clamped around the frame (at least on what I have). I have also put a cable lock through the wheel and around the actual roof rack bar too (the one that goes across the car) if I'm feeling paranoid.

I bought a couple of these Mont Blanc carriers quite a few years ago for transporting short wheelbase recumbents on the roof, they are pretty versatile, I've even used them for regular mountain bikes

With respect to rain, I just put a large plastic carrier bag over the seat and secure it in place with a bungie cord. The rest of the uni has to take its chances in the wet, the same as the bikes do.
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Old 2019-06-06, 08:03 PM   #3
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I found a photo of the 29"er on the roof, not the clearest, but you get the idea.
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Old 2019-06-06, 11:11 PM   #4
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I've had 4 26"/27.5" unicycles+ luggage for 5 people for a weekend in a Volvo V70 wagon, without folding any seats down, so I'm mildly confused you don't have enough space for one 29". For multiple unicycles, you lower the seats, and take off the pedals.

If you haven't already, you might want to try if a quick release seatclamp, and try if the unicycle fits with the saddle lower. Sucks having to adjust it, but I'd prefer it over a roof rack. They work (even for unicycles), but make wind noise, get hit in parking garages and decrease fuel economy.
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Old 2019-06-07, 04:36 AM   #5
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Minivan.



It fits my wife's Lightning P38 recumbent, my 36", a load of luggage and three people, all on the inside, out of the rain. Or a tandem. Or a whole menagerie of unicycles and gear. Or seven passengers and seven Munis piled up behind them. Or furniture & stuff.

Not as big as a full sized pickup with a cap, but more stuff fits inside (taller and longer). Minivans have more interior space than any non-ridiculous SUV. Fuel economy is not great, but is way better than the pickup, or a Ford Expidition or similar. When we're not bringing lots of stuff, we drive Jacquie's ES300h at 42 mpg. But sometimes, we want to bring our toys on longer trips, like up to NAUCC in Washington or up to Lake Tahoe this weekend.

People will see your minivan and say "I didn't know you have kids." You can think up your own comebacks to that. I adorn the back window area of my van with lots of unicycle-related stickers and license plates that say "UNICYCL".
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Old 2019-06-07, 06:20 AM   #6
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Old 2019-06-07, 06:53 AM   #7
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Old 2019-06-07, 08:25 PM   #8
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We use a hitch mounted bike rack on our Rav4 and the unicycle gets held horizontally by the seat post.

We use a cable lock when we rarely need security.
Pain in the butt, but it works.

Use a plastic bag or make a nice seat cozy for the wetness.
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Old 2019-06-08, 08:33 AM   #9
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I use a Peugeot 308 station wagon and my 29" fits in back. Some issue when 3" tire is with high PSI
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Old 2019-06-08, 09:22 AM   #10
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Minivan.
1976 VW van here. Fits lots of unis.

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I found a photo of the 29"er on the roof, not the clearest, but you get the idea.
Love that all those have one wheel per person!
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Old 2019-06-08, 07:05 PM   #11
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1976 VW van here. Fits lots of unis.
Makes me think of my Kris Holm T shirt with the VW camper with the unis on the roof.

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Love that all those have one wheel per person!
Thanks. It's just the two of us though, try as I might for some reason she just won't entertain the notion of riding a unicycle The tandem keeps wheel/person parity though but that gets really messed up if I take my recumbent trike (and transporting it is a whole different game!)
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1976 VW van here. Fits lots of unis.
Yes, the old VW Van/Bus held lots of unicycles and were good on gas. Unfortunately they weren't so good at other things, like driving in the cold, driving in the snow, Heating the interior in the cold, etc.

BTW, here's a picture of the stickers on my current minivan. I found an old Unicylcing Society of America one, that I don't think will last long in the sun, but why keep it if I'm never going to use it! The AAA sticker is "Auto Club of New York", where I used to live, so a bit of a novelty on the West coast.
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The stickers are cool but nowhere near as cool as your licence plate.
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Old 2019-06-13, 07:51 PM   #14
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I found a photo of the 29"er on the roof, not the clearest, but you get the idea.
Nice haha
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Old 2019-06-13, 07:57 PM   #15
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Minivan.

It fits my wife's Lightning P38 recumbent, my 36", a load of luggage and three people, all on the inside, out of the rain. Or a tandem. Or a whole menagerie of unicycles and gear. Or seven passengers and seven Munis piled up behind them. Or furniture & stuff.
So you're saying I should bring all of my unicycles when I go to purchase a new vehicle and pick the one that makes them feel cozy?

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