miyata cranks & X-GAMES

miyata cranks & X-GAMES

Post by maskedrider » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 04:52:59


::MY HUSBAND AND I JUST BOUGHT A MIYATA DELUXE FREESTYLE 20', OFF OF
EBAY FOR A GOOD PRICE, BECAUSE ONE OF THE BOLTS WERE STRIPPED,,,, WELL
WE GOT IT FIXED AND TOOK IT OUT TO RIDE THE OTHER NIGHT AND WE WERE VERY
ANXIOUS TO SEE HOW THE SHORTER CRANKS, (I MEASURED THEM AT 4'') COMPARED
TO OUR OTHER 5'' CRANKS ON OUR OTHER FREESTYLE UNIS WOULD DO, WELL... WE
WENT VERY FAST ON THE TENNIS COURT BUT AS FAR AS TRICKS GO, IT WAS
PRETTY AKWARD! AND I WAS WONDERING IF 4'' IS TOO SMALL, AND WHAT THE
IDEAL CRANK LENGTH FOR A 20'' FREESTYLE UNI WOULD BE... I WAS THINKING
MAYBE 4 1/2'' BUT I WOULD LIKE SOME ADVICE..., BY THE WAY, UNICYCLING,
WHETHER IT BE, FREESTYLE, TRIALS, OR MUNI, ARE THE BEST SPORTS EVER, AND
SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED BT THE X-GAMES!!!::

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Post by tugboa » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 05:14:54

I'm not sure about the freestyle crank lengths, cause im not a big
freestyler myself. > WHETHER IT BE, FREESTYLE, TRIALS, OR MUNI
 what about street? its a new style and should be included! but i agree,
we should be in the x games, and i think eventually it will happen.

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Post by James_Potte » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 05:34:43

What exactly is street unicycling? It sounds like it would be the same
as trials, but I don't know.

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Post by iunicycl » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 05:34:40

When I put on 4" cranks, it took me at least a month to get used to
them.

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Post by tugboa » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 05:44:28

street unicycling is pretty much doing tricks while doing trials i
guess. no corrective hops should be used and no prehops either. i guess
its kind of like street skateboarding (actual street skating, not with
ramps and stuff). you know, jumping down stairs while grabbing the
wheel, grinding 9 stair handrails, hopping onto something straight into
a glide. that sort of thing. its a great style, and lots of fun, but it
does involve a lot of pain. anyways i hpoe that explains it a little
better, dan heaton might have a better explanation.

see ya, Kevin

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Post by maskedrider » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 06:00:12

sorry.... street riding too!

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Post by James_Potte » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 06:27:19

Oh, I get it.

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Post by nikkifro » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 12:42:53

4" is 102mm, right?

Anyway, the first freestyle uni I got was in December and it came with
4" cranks.  It doesn't seem at all strange to me because that's what I'm
used to.  Maybe if I used longer cranks I would think they give a lot
more control, but I don't know!

I learned to one-foot idle with either foot down on it without much of a
problem.  I can hop several times in a row, but not terribly high.  

I think 4" cranks are fine if you get used to them, but if you prefer
longer ones, that's what you should use.

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Post by Mikeful » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 17:51:57

Opinions will vary, but I'd say 110mm cranks (four and a third inches)
cranks are a good all round size on a 20.  They ar efast enough to cover
distance quickly, but they offer enough control for confident one foot
idling, etc.

I own 20, 24, 26, 28 and 36 inch unicycles, and I've mixed and matched
cranks ranging from 89mm (three and a half inches) up to  170mm (6.7
inches).

I have 102mm (4 inch) cranks on my 24, and it's great fun for storming
about, on and off road, as long as it's not too hilly.  I found 89s too
short for comfort.

I have 110s on the 28, and that's good for long distance, and reasonable
speed.  It's a very light wheel, though, so that might helpwith the
control.

On the 20, which is what you asked about, I started on 125s (5 inches)
and I've tried sizes down to 89mm.  110s are the comfortable ones.

I'm no freestyle genius though.  I can idle one footed, ride seat out in
front, and do a couple of easy trick mounts.  I use the 20 in
performances now and again, and I feel like I have 100% control in a
crowd situation.  I wouldn't go back to 125s on the 20.

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Post by Logan_A » Tue, 19 Aug 2003 10:53:39

Before they put unicycle trials in the games they'll have to put bike
trials in there. And I don't think they have street bmx or skateboarding
so I think those would have to come along before Uni.

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Post by James_Potte » Tue, 19 Aug 2003 11:01:30

Did you see the big controversy about putting unicycling in the Gravity
Games? They were definitely going to do it, until the Gravity Game
people found out that we were all voting hundreds and hundreds of times,
which they regarded as 'cheating.' Which is probably was.

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Post by Logan_A » Wed, 20 Aug 2003 04:10:22

If we want to get into any games we have to get out there and get
noticed. We have to have trials set ups with our budies in courts or our
driveways where people can see us we have to take the time to talk to
every friendly person out there even the stupid ones that ask us why
were trying to hop up this crazy tree because we won't be able to ride
around when we're up there.
We've got to have comps that will have a lot of none unicyclists come
through and see us like TOQUE (at the toronto bike show).

Logan

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