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Unicycling Answered

I'm thinking about making an isntructable on how to unicycle, but don't want to waste my time if you guys wouldn't be interested...opinions?

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reddirigible
reddirigible

9 years ago

oh! I've been spending the past year on and off trying to learn! PLEASE MAKE AN INSTRUCTABLE!

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

Haha, alright. (and hey, I can put it in the go green contest)

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 13 years ago

Word. One wheel totally saves all the energy and materials of making a second wheel.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

Along with the handlebars, the rest of the frame, gears, chain, brakes, etc. Plus, since you can't coast on a uni, it builds more muscle.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Why can't you coast? Yes, I know it doesn't have the free-wheel doodad in the hub, but why not? If you're using your unicycle to commute and not do tricks (I've seen people on commuter trains with unicycles, far easier to deal with than bicycles), what's wrong with being able to free-wheel? Or have I just given somebody an idea for an Instructable?

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

Because the pedals are directly attached to the wheel...so if the wheel wants to spin, the pedals have to as well.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Theoretically, is there anything stopping you welding a set of pedals onto the ends of a free-wheel hub and using that in a unicycle?

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 13 years ago

It has been done. Dunno how you brake, though.

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GnomeMaster
GnomeMaster

Reply 12 years ago

the link doesnt work...wow im 2 years late.....

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Cool! Looks like it's harder to control when coasting.

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 13 years ago

Yeah, in that set-up you have no deceleration control. You go until you have to jump off.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Maybe a hand-held squeezie thing, connected via the same cabling as a normal bike brake?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Due to the 1:1 gear ratio, unicycles don't go fast enough to really need brakes. It'd be like putting brakes on a tricycle or Hot Wheel.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

But if you could coast, as kitman is suggesting, you'd be able to go faster.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Good point. You'd still need some way to lock the hub/pedal so you could back pedal when stopped. I guess you could keep going around in little circles instead of pedaling back and forth.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Could a brake act at the hub? Instead of squeezing the trigger and calipers grip the rim, could you squeeze the trigger and the free-wheel locks?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Hmmmmm. Never seen that done, but I don't see why not. I've seen 3-speed bikes that had a cable/chain running into the center of the axle to shift a set of gears in the hub. Should be able to rig up something similar to lock/unlock. Put a small lever under the lip of the seat so you don't have to hold something in your hand.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Oh no! That won't work - the pedals will be in the way.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Run the cable down the frame (forks?) to the hub, between wheel and pedal.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. All the ones I've seen went through the center of the axle.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Are you telling it can't be done? This is Instructables!

LOL - ah, well, it was a nice idea while it lasted.

Weissensteinburg - still do the How To Unicycle Instructable, we'll have to wait for Nacho to crack the free-wheel lock problem...

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Oh no. I'm not saying it can't be done, just that it is beyond my meager capabilities as a Mechanical Engineer. If they can cram a 3-speed mechanism in a bicycle hub, they ought to be able to do the same to a freewheel mechanism.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

But what happens when you go downhill?

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

Wait, what about just a flexible frame? You could squeeze it together and it'd put pressure on the wheels to act as a break?

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

Then how does it support you? ..Plus, if you stop pedaling, you'll fall, most likely.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

Not like jello-flexible. But less than what they use now. But... I thought this is for a costing-enabled unicycle?

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

I think that if you were coasting it would be hard to balance. Even more so if you're trying to squeeze the frame.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Nope, but you'll fall over when you stop, since you can't back-pedal.

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Flumpkins
Flumpkins

12 years ago

If You want, I don't have a unicycle though.

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Rahlan
Rahlan

12 years ago

Yes, PLEASE! I'm in the process of learning and can use all the help I can get!

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ongissim
ongissim

13 years ago

Stealer. I'm in the works on how to make a similar instructable!

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ongissim
ongissim

Reply 13 years ago

Yeah, I started on only the basic stuff, such as getting on the unicycle, how to ride it using the principle of an inverted pendulum, stalling, and tricks.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

Want to collaborate? I have everything written, but I didn't include the pendulum, or tricks, and my stalling step is really bad.

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ongissim
ongissim

Reply 13 years ago

Sure.

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TheCheese9921
TheCheese9921

13 years ago

Yeah dude that would be shweet, I wanna get one

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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

I love to unicycle! I got mine for X-MAS a few years ago, and have been impressing my friends ever since!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

Even if there is no immediate interest on the site, there must be somebody, somewhere who wants to know, and when they google for "how to ride a unicycle", up pops your instructable.