Care and feeding of my XL

Care and feeding of my XL

Post by Chris Boga » Mon, 16 Oct 1995 04:00:00


I just bought a unicycle at the beginning of August.  I've been trying to
learn to fall off it, but the more I practice the longer it takes me to
accomplish this :-)

Seriously, though, it's coming along pretty well but I've reached the stage
where I'm slammin' the thing into the ground over and over and over again.  
I've got the seat seriously taped up (It looks like The Unicycle of the Mummy)
so it won't do too much damage before I learn the old "catching the seat
trick".

But in general I have no idea how to take care of it.  I know nothing about
bicycles; I've barely ever ridden one.  When it comes time to look under the
hood or check the fluids or cauterize the gaskets or whatever one does, I have
some bike-knowledgeable friends who can probably look at it with me/teach me.
But I'm not sure when to have it looked at, outside of checking the tire
pressure once in a while.  Are there a few preventative things I can watch --
like some way of quickly ascertaining if the spokes are still adjusted and
threads aren't becoming stripped or anything like that?  Or do I just wait
'till something goes wrong?  Or check everything once a year?

PS I have a 24" Semcycle XL.

PPS This is very damn fun.  Where has this contraption been all my life!

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Care and feeding of my XL

Post by Paul Halt » Wed, 18 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>There were earlier post about some of the common problems people have with
>their unicycles.  The biggest problem I remember was with the cranks coming
>loose.  I have started having this problem as well.  When riding with
>cotterless cranks it is important not to ride with them loose since you
>will destroy your axel.  I've started keeping my 14mm socket wrench around
>to tighten things up as soon as they come loose and as soon as I notice a
>problem, I stop ridining until I can tighten it up again.
>If anyone has a good idea for keeping things tight without basically
>welding on the crank I'd love to find a better way than carrying my wrench
>everywhere.

Ok, here's my low-tech solution:  I had an ever-worsening problem with a
loosening crank nut on my XL.  I tried a thread locking compound which held
the nut in place for about 3 days.  So I cleaned up the threads and used a
somewhat stronger method: super glue.  A good coat on the inside of the nut
has held up very well.  Yes, you can still get the nut back off again if you
need to, but it seems to keep it from coming loose on its own.  It's been
several months since I've had to reglue the nut.  YMMV.

        Paul Halter

 
 
 

Care and feeding of my XL

Post by Iain Hibbe » Wed, 18 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

> If anyone has a good idea for keeping things tight without basically
> welding on the crank I'd love to find a better way than carrying my wrench
> everywhere.

the solution is to get it fixed by a cycle mechanic who should know how to
make it proper..  if your cranks keep getting loose, then your uni is
malfunctioning and it needs to see the doctor.

--
]ain

 
 
 

Care and feeding of my XL

Post by Damion Yat » Fri, 20 Oct 1995 04:00:00

I had mine welded together by a department in my university and haven't had a
problem since.

--
Damion Yates - Sheffield Uni, UK.
http://www.bath.ac.uk/~exxdmy

 
 
 

Care and feeding of my XL

Post by Ken Fuch » Fri, 20 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>There were earlier post about some of the common problems people have with
>their unicycles.  The biggest problem I remember was with the cranks coming
>loose.  I have started having this problem as well.  When riding with
>cotterless cranks it is important not to ride with them loose since you
>will destroy your axel.  I've started keeping my 14mm socket wrench around
>to tighten things up as soon as they come loose and as soon as I notice a
>problem, I stop riding until I can tighten it up again.
>If anyone has a good idea for keeping things tight without basically
>welding on the crank I'd love to find a better way than carrying my wrench
>everywhere.

Try pounding the cranks on with a *** mallet or a block of wood and
regular hammer.  Once the cranks are pounded on tight, tighten the
crank bolts or nuts to keep the cranks tight.

If the crank bolts or nuts loosen up, try putting the non-permanent
lock tight on the threads prior to tightening.

On One Wheel,