Archive for October, 2012

Unicycle Choices

Since my primary unicycle broke last weekend (see my race report), I am looking at options for a replacement. This seems a good opportunity to provide a brief write-up on the pros and cons of various wheel sizes, as they pertain to unicycling at least. In general, larger wheels are more difficult to start riding, since they roll further and are more sensitive to pedal input. On the other hand, they move faster (due to afore-mentioned larger roll-out), so are more suitable for longer trips. 20″ 20″ (and 19″) unicycles are often the first that people try. The smaller wheel size makes them more suitable for learning on (I learned on a 20″ borrowed from a friend). They are also the ride of choice for trials and flatland, where the generally higher control (due to low roll-out) that can be attained is desirable. They are also popular for hockey or polo. 24″ 24″ unicycles were for a long time the standard. They are still popular for freestyle riding and hockey/polo. They are also often used for very technical downhill MUni. 26″ Relatively recent, but becoming very popular due to a couple reasons: a) there are a huge number of tyre […]

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SSWC 2012 – Race Report

So it begins…. A manic weekend, consisting for many of equal parts booze, bikes and blurry memories, took place last weekend at Winterton, in the KZN Midlands. This was the 2012 edition of the Single Speed World Cup. About 400 maniacally clothed (usually) cyclists descended on the little town of Winterton. Included in their number were 10 unicyclists. Julian, who had heard about the event from someone else, approached the SSCrew (Single Speed Crew) in order to find out whether unicycles (which are typically fixed-geared) would be allowed and got an enthusiastic “Yes!”. I had work until late on Friday, so I missed the practice ride on Friday, that reportedly became a practice swim, due to a storm. As such, my arrival at the Winterton Country Club (WCC) coincided with part of the bidding attempt for the rights to host the 2013 version of the race. This consisted of a series of silly tasks. Amongst others: Zulu dancing, attempting to place a helmet on a team-mate with a fishing rod while blindfolded, spinning around a stick before hitting a beer-mug off a team-mate’s head, attempting to get the highest reading on a pedometer attached to your head while head-banging, a […]

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