Semcycle XL

Semcycle XL

Post by David C Wiesendang » Mon, 22 Jul 1996 04:00:00


I have the cash in hand t oget a uni and i've looked through all the info
i can put my hands on and i will probably get  a Semcycle XL.  does
anyone have any last comments or warnings on this uni??  anyhitng that i
should be warned about?  Is the seat as good as i have heard it is?

One other question...right now i really dont have the extra cash to spend
on a full semcycle...but do i need to or will the Xl last me for years to
come?  is the semcycle worth the extra $55.00?

thanks...bryan

 
 
 

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Post by Mark A. Colli » Tue, 23 Jul 1996 04:00:00

David,
i didn't have much choice here in Oz but found the semcycle to be
a great unicycle. i can now ride successfully and there is hardly
any indication of wear, apart from the tyres - remember to rotate
them regularly! If you are only beginning then stick to carpeted
coridors at first. The pedals are nylon and tend to rough up a bit
(look like
a dog has been gnawing on them) but they haven't shown any sign
of failing or falling apart. The seat is very good, and is covered
in a very heavy duty ***. I like the 20" wheel for trying tricks
but now wish I had a larger diameter wheel for travelling distances,
I'm saving for one of them now. I can ride a bike for ever but find
that I can only manage about 500m before I need a rest on a small
diameter wheel. I suspect the same aeorobic fitness is not required
for a larger diameter wheel, but don't know for sure.
Regards, Mark.

 
 
 

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Post by Beirne Konarsk » Tue, 23 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> I have the cash in hand t oget a uni and i've looked through all the info
> i can put my hands on and i will probably get  a Semcycle XL.  does
> anyone have any last comments or warnings on this uni??  anyhitng that i
> should be warned about?  Is the seat as good as i have heard it is?

> One other question...right now i really dont have the extra cash to spend
> on a full semcycle...but do i need to or will the Xl last me for years to
> come?  is the semcycle worth the extra $55.00?

I own a 28" XL and a 20" deluxe and am happy with both.  If money is
tight, get an XL.  This is not a case of comparing a shoddy brand with
a good brand.  Both are good, but are designed differently.

Beirne

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Post by Iain Hibbe » Wed, 24 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
> I have the cash in hand t oget a uni and i've looked through all the info
> i can put my hands on and i will probably get  a Semcycle XL.  does
> anyone have any last comments or warnings on this uni??  anyhitng that i
> should be warned about?

I have a Semcycle XL 24" and I think its just great - it seems quite sturdy,
and I've had no problems with any mechanical parts coming loose etc..

Quote:
> Is the seat as good as i have heard it is?

well, its a Semcycle seat and apparently these are the best around - I've only
tried a couple, and can't say for sure - I do get a bruised bum and raw legs
after a few miles but then I've heard that everybody gets this on whatever
seat you use.  I like it despite that and haven't found another one that feels
better.

somebody here was experimenting with making his own seats a while back, can't
remember who it was - he was moulding them out of fiberglass (?) and possibly
covering them with a gel cover - I expect that might be comfortable, any
results on that whoever it was?

iain

 
 
 

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Post by pola.. » Fri, 26 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


> > I have the cash in hand t oget a uni and i've looked through all the info
> > i can put my hands on and i will probably get  a Semcycle XL.  does
> > anyone have any last comments or warnings on this uni??  anyhitng that i
> > should be warned about?

> I have a Semcycle XL 24" and I think its just great - it seems quite sturdy,
> and I've had no problems with any mechanical parts coming loose etc..

> > Is the seat as good as i have heard it is?

> well, its a Semcycle seat and apparently these are the best around - I've only
> tried a couple, and can't say for sure - I do get a bruised bum and raw legs
> after a few miles but then I've heard that everybody gets this on whatever
> seat you use.  I like it despite that and haven't found another one that feels
> better.

> somebody here was experimenting with making his own seats a while back, can't
> remember who it was - he was moulding them out of fiberglass (?) and possibly
> covering them with a gel cover - I expect that might be comfortable, any
> results on that whoever it was?

> iain

That was me, I'm still working on it,  I'm using carbon now, and have
changed the shape somewhat - not much.  I'm currently working towards
easier manufacturing.  It is quite comfortable, and very tough.
using carbon has helped, its lighter, tougher and doesn't take as much
or as long.

Eric

 
 
 

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Post by Old sal » Fri, 26 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> somebody here was experimenting with making his own seats a while back, can't
> remember who it was - he was moulding them out of fiberglass (?) and possibly
> covering them with a gel cover - I expect that might be comfortable, any
> results on that whoever it was?

> iain

Hi, i made an aluminium seat and that has had a good response thom those
who have tried it.  the secret was basically to go away from the
standard seat design of a flat topped base with 2 inches of foam on and
make a contoured aluminium seat that was actually shaped more or less to
the same shape as it would be with foam on,  then applyu a thin layer of
padding instead of 2 inches and cover with leather.

mini

 
 
 

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Post by Iain Hibbe » Sat, 27 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hi, i made an aluminium seat and that has had a good response thom those
> who have tried it.  the secret was basically to go away from the
> standard seat design of a flat topped base with 2 inches of foam on and
> make a contoured aluminium seat that was actually shaped more or less to
> the same shape as it would be with foam on,  then applyu a thin layer of
> padding instead of 2 inches and cover with leather.

yeah, that makes sense - most of the bicycle seats that I see about are made like
that..  but were you just making them for local friends, or do you want to go into
production?

iain

 
 
 

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Post by Doug Borngass » Tue, 30 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Iain, I'm looking at a 24" wheel unicycle (height undetermined), mainly
>because I struggle with distances on my 20" Semcycle. I rode one in a
...
>physique. What are your experiences (or other peoples)? Ideally I would
>like to ride about 10km in a single session, with a minimum number of
>stops.
>Thanks, Mark.

If you have the option,  I would suggest going for a 26" wheel instead of
the 20".  I just moved up from my old 24" to a Semcycle XL 26" and the
increase in speed is a definite improvement.  If you are riding over mostly
flat/paved surface, short cranks are nice.  For offroad riding longer
cranks are a must for the additional leverage.  I often take my unicycle
out on the dirt roads in the area and go for 8 mile trips and the bigger
wheel has been a plus.

Enjoy the roads.

     _  _              Doug Borngasser
    (o)(o)             San Diego CA

     \__/  You know you're a unicyclist when walking feels strange.

 
 
 

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Post by Mark A. Colli » Tue, 30 Jul 1996 04:00:00

: I have a Semcycle XL 24" and I think its just great - it seems quite sturdy,
: and I've had no problems with any mechanical parts coming loose etc..

Iain, I'm looking at a 24" wheel unicycle (height undetermined), mainly
because I struggle with distances on my 20" Semcycle. I rode one in a
shop (actually in very rough condition - I suppose that 's why they gave
me a free reign) and it felt good. I have fairly long legs and prefer distance
running, and the smaller wheel spinning fast punishes me. id you find
your 20" wheel to be ideal for distance unicycling? The vision of covering
a larger distance with less revolutions probably better suits my
physique. What are your experiences (or other peoples)? Ideally I would
like to ride about 10km in a single session, with a minimum number of
stops.
Thanks, Mark.

 
 
 

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Post by drop da Sal » Wed, 31 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


> > Hi, i made an aluminium seat and that has had a good response thom those
> > who have tried it.  the secret was basically to go away from the
> > standard seat design of a flat topped base with 2 inches of foam on and
> > make a contoured aluminium seat that was actually shaped more or less to
> > the same shape as it would be with foam on,  then applyu a thin layer of
> > padding instead of 2 inches and cover with leather.

> yeah, that makes sense - most of the bicycle seats that I see about are made like
> that..  but were you just making them for local friends, or do you want to go into
> production?

> iain

Hi Iain  I made it purely to put atop of the carbon fibre unicycle Roger
davies is making at the moment. but if anyone needs one i am open for

 
 
 

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Post by pola.. » Wed, 31 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> a larger distance with less revolutions probably better suits my
> physique. What are your experiences (or other peoples)? Ideally I would
> like to ride about 10km in a single session, with a minimum number of
> stops.
> Thanks, Mark.

I'd suggest a 26" wheel also.  I ride mine >6 miles a day (in two ~5km
rides)and I would not want to do that on my 24".  the cruise speed is
very nice and going over bumps and curbs is no problem.   Someone posted
earlier that they thought a larger wheel might be less aerobic - that is
not true.  The peddling cadence is the same on a big wheel or a small
one. only the speed changes.  A big wheel is slightly harder to peddle
but not enough to matter.  going up steep hills does tend towards the
anerobic side of things tho.

Eric

 
 
 

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Post by Iain Hibbe » Sat, 03 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
> Iain, I'm looking at a 24" wheel unicycle (height undetermined), mainly
> because I struggle with distances on my 20" Semcycle. I rode one in a
> shop (actually in very rough condition - I suppose that 's why they gave
> me a free reign) and it felt good. I have fairly long legs and prefer distance
> running, and the smaller wheel spinning fast punishes me. id you find
> your 20" wheel to be ideal for distance unicycling? The vision of covering
> a larger distance with less revolutions probably better suits my
> physique. What are your experiences (or other peoples)? Ideally I would
> like to ride about 10km in a single session, with a minimum number of
> stops.

I have not done many very long rides, though usually when I do go out I cover a
couple of miles with no problems, so 10km would be just great with maybe a couple
of stops until your legs firm up somewhat..

one of the rides that I did (10 miles?  I can't remember), I went with a couple
of others on 20" wheels and I don't know if I was fitter than them (possibly
less fitter than one, and fitter than the other), but I did have a much easier
time of it I thought - the extra diameter gives you an extra foot for each
revolution pedalled - for every 5 miles that they did, I did 6 for no extra
effort.  I reckon though, that if you are planning on doing long distances
fairly regularly, then go with the advice of others and see about a 26 or even
28 inch wheel..

iain