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Old 2005-01-31, 05:50 PM   #16
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The Monkees did have something that looked like that but it would have to be at least 40 years
old to be like theirs.

The ones they rode had a mag wheel. I have some
cards (like baseball cards) with pictures of the Monkees riding them.

The pedals were on the big wheel like a tricycle.
The little wheels were out back on the ones they rode.


There is also a Skate-Bike that looks like that as well. The difference is that the skate bike rides in the other direction. The rider sits over the bike wheel on the back and the skateboard trucks/wheels are out front. The pedals would be between the bike wheel and skateboard wheels mounted in a bottom bracket like a bicycle.


They were sold by many different companies under many different names. Some had hand brakes, some had coaster brakes. At the trade shows they even had videos of riders doing neat stuff on them.
They never did take off like the aluminum folding scooters did a few years ago.


They cleared them out at Big Lots 10 years ago for 10.00 or less when they couldn't sell them anymore.


If you can post another clearer brighter picture of yours, that would be cool.


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Old 2005-01-31, 05:55 PM   #17
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It has also been callede an oxymorocycle, since a two-wheeled unicycle is something of an oxymoron.
I prefer biverticycle.
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Old 2005-01-31, 06:33 PM   #18
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"Roger Light" <roger.light@DOESNTLIKESPAMnottingham.ac.uk> wrote in message
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> Hi,
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> I got into an argument with a friend (who should be reading this) about
> what one of my unicycles is called whilst at the Bradford convention this
> saturday. We figured the easiest way to resolve the problem was to post
> here and ask for your collective wisdom. We can then laugh at me for not
> knowing what it is called when I own one, or else laugh at his weird name
> for it
>


It was a DM two wheeler. One hell of a well built machine, beautiful
piece of kit, and the one I will go for when I eventualy, if ever, get
good enough, brave enough or daft enough to try one.


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Old 2005-01-31, 06:48 PM   #19
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I have never had any qualms about calling these multiple stacked wheeled things "unicycles" because the number of wheels they have notwithstanding, they ride with only one wheel in contact with the ground and behave like unicycles - or so I imagine, since like Naomi I have as of yet never been good, brave, or daft enough to try one.
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Old 2005-01-31, 07:21 PM   #20
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Originally posted by Darren
Bruce

The Monkees did have something that looked like that but it would have to be at least 40 years
old to be like theirs.

The ones they rode had a mag wheel. I have some
cards (like baseball cards) with pictures of the Monkees riding them.

The pedals were on the big wheel like a tricycle.
The little wheels were out back on the ones they rode.


There is also a Skate-Bike that looks like that as well. The difference is that the skate bike rides in the other direction. The rider sits over the bike wheel on the back and the skateboard trucks/wheels are out front. The pedals would be between the bike wheel and skateboard wheels mounted in a bottom bracket like a bicycle.


If you can post another clearer brighter picture of yours, that would be cool.


Thanks,
Darren
Darren,

I've not seen the Monkeys' picture, although I'd like to. The unit we have is pretty old, but I'm not sure exactly how old it is. The seller years ago told us that he had it in his attic for years and also had parts to another one.

I'm familiar with the other unit you mentioned, a popular brand is LeRun. I've sat briefly on one but it complained so I got off. The boys have ridden them with limited success. They are cute to look at at first but they quickly go into hibernation in the backs of garages for lack of functionability.

I'll try to get a couple pictures of our Uni-skate and post them here.

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Old 2005-01-31, 09:37 PM   #21
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* two-wheeler (245)
* 2-wheeler (102)
* two-wheeled unicycle (65)
* double wheeler (16)
* 2wheeler (9)
* stacked uni (6)
* two-wheeled uni (6)
* biverticycle (5)
* two-wheeled giraffe (4)
* twowheeler (3)
* stacked unicycle (2)
* two-stack uni (1)
Quite a list!

I first saw (and tried) one in 1980, and actually learned to ride one in 1982. Back in those days we seemed to call them two-wheelers, but I don't think we had any standarized spelling.

Two wheeler is not very accurate, even though it has two wheels. Two wheeled unicycle is kind of more accurate, unless your listener has never seen one. Then their brain goes to oxymoron land. Biverticycle seems to say it all in one word, but means nothing unless the listener really thinks about it, or has a picture. So I never really liked that name even though it might be the most accurate.

Adding the word 'stack' seems to help a lot. A two wheel stacked unicycle. That works better for me, and is easy to convert to other numbers of wheels. "I can ride a two wheel stack." like that.

Still, two wheeler or three wheeler for short, among people who know what you're talking about, is fine.

Yes, it's definitely a unicycle. If the additional wheels never touch the ground, they don't count in a name like Bicycle or tricycle.

Bruce: Yes, a lighter picture of your uni would be interesting. I never saw one either. It looks like a variant on the skatebike idea though, and I'm not sure that it would steer too well with the little wheels in back. Non-unicyclists seem to pick up on the skatebikes pretty quick.

Darren: Please scan your picture of the Monkees' training-wheel cycles! I hear about them all the time, but only have dim memories of seeing them on the TV show.

Roger Light: So what were you trying to call it?
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Old 2005-01-31, 11:58 PM   #22
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> Roger Light: So what were you trying to call it?

Pretty much as you describe. Two wheeled unicycle or two wheeler if the
context is correct.

As I mentioned, Andy was adamanant on calling it an inverticycle, so I
reckon that I "won".

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Old 2005-02-01, 03:41 AM   #23
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Bruce: Yes, a lighter picture of your uni would be interesting. I never saw one either. It looks like a variant on the skatebike idea though, and I'm not sure that it would steer too well with the little wheels in back. Non-unicyclists seem to pick up on the skatebikes pretty quick.
Here's a better picture. It's an interesting contraption. Looks to be factory built, not home made with a 20" wheel. Any ideas?
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Old 2005-02-01, 03:52 AM   #24
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Bruce

Thanks for the picture. Much easier to see now.
It is definately not what the Monkees rode.

John

I will get the Monkees cards scanned and posted
as soon as I can.


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Old 2005-02-01, 08:18 AM   #25
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Additions to the list:

oxymorocycle (3)
two wheel stacked unicycle (1)

(Numbers are for "before this thread")

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Old 2005-02-01, 05:51 PM   #26
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Bruce, I wonder if it could be a prototype for something that was never manufactured? Assuming skatebikes became more popular, in some ways this looks like a higher-end version (though not in others, such as lolipop bearings). One gets the idea you could do some interesting stuff by standing on those platforms.

Is that a Viscount seat on there? If so, those seats weren't introduced on the Schwinns until late 1986 so that might be a clue.
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Old 2005-02-01, 06:31 PM   #27
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That looks like a molded foam seat.
If I am right it will have a 4 letter word
stamped in the metal base. Something like "SEDA".

Maybe Bruce will check it out for us.

I have one of those seats in my shop.
They are a little smaller than a Viscount
and weight less too.

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Old 2005-02-02, 04:27 AM   #28
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John

That looks like a molded foam seat.
If I am right it will have a 4 letter word
stamped in the metal base. Something like "SEDA".

Maybe Bruce will check it out for us.

I have one of those seats in my shop.
They are a little smaller than a Viscount
and weight less too.

Darren
Darren,

The seat has a black metal seat base with a form fit foam seat cover so it is not a molded foam or plastic seat. The top of the seat seems to have a little more squish to it. Looks like the form fit cover may have been manufactured around the seat base, not added later. It's a pretty tight fit. You can see where they cut away underneath to attach the seat post.

Other than that, there are no markings, stampings, numbers, or other identifying features. Sure would love to know its origin.

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Old 2005-02-02, 04:30 AM   #29
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Old 2005-02-02, 04:45 AM   #30
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Thanks for the pictures.

That is exactly what I ment. The seat is molded foam around a metal base. Not removable. The top is smooth.

The letters may be under the seat post.

I will double check mine and let you know where
they should be.
It could be that the people who bought those
seats for those didn't want the seat name stamped
on their version.

The seats are made in Taiwan for sure. I have seen a picture of them in a trade book a while back.

At least we cleared up that it isn't a Viscount.


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