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Old 2018-08-09, 10:16 AM   #1
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How many of yous have tried riding with an umbrella

I know one of yous have an avatar of being on uni with an brolly, but I was just wondering how many peeps actually tried riding with an umbrella. As long as you ride on asphalt, you will have at least one hand free when you don't use a T-Bar.

I just rode to work by uni and now it is raining and I was wondering how hard it would be to ride with an umbrella. It will also depend on how much wind there is of course and it would need to be big enough to actually keep me dry. On a normal bike you hang too much to the front over the steer to use a brolly, but I think on a uni where you sit up straight, it shouldn't be too difficult.

I wish I had one with me, so I could try on the way home. Now I hope it will be dry again by then.
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Old 2018-08-09, 11:00 AM   #2
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On a group choreography several girls of our club used umbrellas. No problem from the general handling. Of course the purpose was different and they where not used to protect against rain (our gym´s roof in fine ). Also: flat surface, freestyle unis, no wind.
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Old 2018-08-09, 11:26 AM   #3
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In Japan I noticed a small object that enables (bike) riders to fix a (standard) umbrella to the front bar.
May be it could be used with a unicycle bar.
(wondering if the Versa-Brella 360-Degree Clip Umbrella coud do the trick ... though it is not meant for rain)
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Old 2018-08-09, 11:32 AM   #4
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It's not hard at all.
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Old 2018-08-09, 01:07 PM   #5
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Old 2018-08-09, 01:50 PM   #6
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Old 2018-08-09, 05:48 PM   #7
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Thanks. That's my first unicycle: a Pashley UMX 20" with a butted mild steel frame, lollipop bearings held loosely in place with self tapping screws, and a wheel with a heavy steel rim which was painted rather than chromed, and with steel cranks held on with cotter pins. You don't even want to know about the seat, which was an instrument of torture.
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Old 2018-08-09, 06:20 PM   #8
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Old 2018-08-10, 06:16 AM   #9
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This chap rides with a brolly....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtK-L3LUh7U

Never tried it myself, but I might now.
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Old 2018-08-10, 11:05 AM   #10
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The question might have already been answered, but I've ridden with a brolly and it worked fine - seemed like the best solution when it was raining a bit and I was just trying to stay dry getting from one place to another.
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Old 2018-08-12, 11:55 PM   #11
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Yous? Are you originally from Brooklyn or something?

Anyway, riding with an umbrella is a piece of cake.

Riding with an umbrella in wind is a challenge, which increases with wind speed. For functionality, I'd recommend dressing for the weather rather than the umbrella, though it can work pretty well (for rain protection) if there's little or no wind, and if you aren't riding fast. If you are, you'l get wet from underneath.
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Old 2018-08-15, 08:23 AM   #12
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I'd recommend dressing for the weather rather than the umbrella
Hmmm;
the option of adjusting clothes comes after adjusting the embrella:
with the senz° you can push the limit a bit.
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Old 2018-08-16, 05:32 AM   #13
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riding with an umbrella

My riding buddy brought two larger umbrellas on the chance it might rain. It did. I appreciated being somewhat drier and warmer from the waist up. Had it been really windy, it might not have been as simply done. I'll have to find a photo of the ride and post it sometime...
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Old 2018-08-16, 12:20 PM   #14
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Anyway, riding with an umbrella is a piece of cake.

Riding with an umbrella in wind is a challenge, which increases with wind speed.
I agree. I often ride with an umbrella, I don't let the rain lock myself at home.
Besides the wind that can sometimes be quite random and hard to manage, you need to extend your arm (the one with the umbrella) forward.

Because you're usually faster on a unicycle than on feet, it will protect better from the rain this way.
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Old 2018-08-16, 11:31 PM   #15
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Speaking of rain, I'm surprised you folks feel comfy riding a uni with an umbrella in the rain. I'm a big guy, and can remember winds that turn umbrellas inside out or just tug violently and throw me off my step.

But I guess when you're experienced, riding a uni doesn't seem as crazy a balance problem as it does to a newbie like me who can't ride one yet.
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