Traveling with the uni

Traveling with the uni

Post by Philip Hinkl » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00


I thought I sent this message to the mailing list but I never got a copy
back from the list so I am sending it again.  Sorry everyone if it
already went out.

I will be packing my unicycle in the suitcase and taking it for a plane
ride this coming week.  I was wondering because of the pressure changes
of altitude if I need to deflate the tire some.  Also is the extreme
cold of flying at 36,000 feet going to do any kind of damage  to the
*** compounds of the tire or seat cover (or the unicycle)?  If so I
suppose I could attempt to have the airline place the unicycle in the
heated luggage compartment where they keep pets when people ship animals
by plane.  Is anyone out there a plane mechanic?  Are all the luggage
compartments pressurized and heated?

I also have another question.  I have seen some discussion here about
the *** compounds used for the tires we have on our uni's.  I
remember hearing about a white non-marking *** tire many of the
riders use for riding in gymnasiums.  I have a "gig" as a clown coming
up in April where I will have the opportunity to uni-clown around on a
gym floor.  It is a newly constructed elementary school gym in our town
with a nice new wood floor.  I really don't think the school district
will appreciate me leaving some black marks on the floor.  I have a Sem
Deluxe...Do these have a non-marking black tires (is there such a
thing)?  If I need to get a white tire, are these available at a local
bike store or do I need to special order them?  If they are special
tires, what kind of cash should I be expected to part with?

Thanks for the help.

--
Philip Hinkle - UniClowning Around
Phil 4:13

 
 
 

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Post by Wolfgang Stroessn » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00

I don't think there will be any problems with your uni at the standard luggage
compartment of a plane. Maybe it won't be a fault do deflate the tyre (I use to
do is, but I also know people who never did it and the tyre was still ok after
arrival). There have a lot of people (including me) been travelling by plane
with their unis without any problems. Modern planes are not so *** to the
luggage as you seem to believe. Because there are a lot of things of daily life
that won't appreciate extreme cold, the luggage compartments are heated at
least to a level that ***, plastic, cloth and other things won't be harmed.
Have you ever been scared of your toothpast being shock frosted or a leather
jacket getting brittle in a plane? I don't think so. So don't worry, deflate
your tyre (don't forget a pump for inflating it again!), get your uni some
padding for not being scratched while loading and enjoy the flight.

Standard tyres of Semcycle are definitively marking. But there are indeed black
non-marking tyres, e.g. from Myiata. Here in Germany you can order white tyres
at BMX shops (mostly they don't have them stored but really have to order them.
My shop needs about a week to get it delivered). The 20" tyres I use are from
Panaracer (a Japanese brand) for about 40 Deutschmarks (approx. $23). I really
like this tyre. It has nearby no profile, can be inflated to 100psi
(officially, of course you can overinflate it if you like to, but I don't think
it's necessary) and is very durable. The only pity is that white tyres look
dirty very quick. But I don't think that this can be avoided if you want to use
your unicycle and not only to have it for looking at it and petting it.

Hope, this helps.

Wolfgang

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Post by Dirk Iwem » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
Philip Hinkel writes:
> I will be packing my unicycle in the suitcase and taking it for a plane
> ride this coming week.  I was wondering because of the pressure changes
> of altitude if I need to deflate the tire some.  Also is the extreme
> cold of flying at 36,000 feet going to do any kind of damage  to the
> *** compounds of the tire or seat cover (or the unicycle)?  If so I

I have taken my uni on a plane.  No problems.  Even if the air pressure
dropped to zero, it only adds about 14 lbs (psi) of pressure - not
enough to make it blow. (unless you way over inflate it to start with)

I have not had any adverse affects to the cold on plastic/*** parts.

Quote:
> If I need to get a white tire, are these available at a local
> bike store or do I need to special order them?  If they are special
> tires, what kind of cash should I be expected to part with?

I get my white tires at the local bike shop - usually lots to choose from.
Cost - about $8 ( normal price for any tire.)

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Post by John Fos » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>it's necessary) and is very durable. The only pity is that white tyres look
>dirty very quick. But I don't think that this can be avoided if you want
to use
>your unicycle and not only to have it for looking at it and petting it.

White tire cleaning solution: Ride around in circles on carpet. A half
dozen circles to the left then a half dozen circles to the right does
wonders! Use somebody else's carpet . . .
Stay on Top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
"MUni until you can't see Brett any more, then take a picutre"
http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/index.htm
 
 
 

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Post by John Fos » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>I will be packing my unicycle in the suitcase and taking it for a plane
>ride this coming week.  I was wondering because of the pressure changes
>of altitude if I need to deflate the tire some.  Also is the extreme
>cold of flying at 36,000 feet going to do any kind of damage  to the
>*** compounds of the tire or seat cover (or the unicycle)?

People's checked luggage regularly contains perfume, shampoo, toothpaste,
bottles of wine and other liquids cans of Coke (if you collect them like
me), etc. A non-pressurized luggage compartment would have most of these
things breaking, popping or exploding if they froze or were depressurized.
Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong on this, but I believe most of the
big jets of today are pressurized throughout. My unicycles have flown all
over the world without problem, but I always deflate the tires beforehand.
I don't want to take any chances. Also, if traveling to strange lands
(where Schrader valves aren't used) or on a tight time schedule, I always
bring my own spare tubes and pump. My main reason for deflating is for
space, because the 24" tires usually are maxing out my luggage, and to make
them seem less like "cycle parts" to the people checking in my luggage and
potentially charging me a bike fee.

Quote:
>I also have another question.  I have seen some discussion here about
>the *** compounds used for the tires we have on our uni's.  I

Ask Semcycle about your specific tire. Most non-black tires are
non-marking, but as I found out at UNICON, a tire that seems to be
non-marking might turn out to be, when you get it on the floor of the Kings
Manor School.

For 20" wheels, you can get a large variety of tires almost anyplace,
including Kmart and Wal Mart. Non-marking tires seem to be made out of a
softer compound, so they wear out faster on pavement, but they also grip
better on indoor surfaces. What makes the tires loose their indoor grip
over time is exposure to UV light. If you leave the unicycle in the back
seat of the car all the time, the tires won't last very long for indoor
riding. But if you have them in the dark trunk, they will stay "indoor
grippy" for a very long time.

I unfortunately don't have the luxury of an indoor practice place at this
time, so I don't worry about it . . .