SemCycles

SemCycles

Post by Bryce Grevemeye » Fri, 04 Aug 1995 04:00:00


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Quote:
>Can anyone tell me how durable the SemCycles will
>be compared to the Taiwanese models?  I am quite
>heavy at about 87 kg and I like to do stuff like
>jump gutters and bounce etc on the uni, something
>my old uni could not take.

>Cheers,
>Steve.

Steve
I got the Sem XL -- This is their bottom of the line
cycle.  Comparing it with at other cycles in the club,
it appears to be quite substantial.    

I am a newbe at this, so I don't do any of the bouncing.
I weigh in at 202 lb. (don't tell anybody, it's
embarrassing)

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Post by Bryce Grevemeye » Fri, 04 Aug 1995 04:00:00

By the way, I have the 24 inch XL which cost $US.130 plus and
extra $15 for the Sem cycle seat.  This was what most people
in the club recommended.  The Semcycle which is the top of the
line would have been $190.  I was told that the difference between
them was a matter of strength and durability. and weight.  Unless I was
planning to do a lot of tricks, the XL was more than enough.

I have seen Sem and Teresa perform.  They get two people on one
and do assorted (and impressive) tricks.  I understand that they
run their tires at a pressure of 100 lb., because of the weight.

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Post by Stev » Fri, 04 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Hi,

A friend and I just bought two 24" wheeled SemCycle Pros, but they have
yet to arrive.  We previously had 24" wheels on some cheap Taiwanese
uni's that disintegrated into nothing after some hard riding/learning.

The main problem with the old uni's were that they used cotterpins and
that the axles and wheels were too weak.  I buckled my wheel beyond all
recognition by hopping on the peddles, and both my friend and I have both
broken the axles.  We are looking forward to receiving our new SemCycles,
but forgot to find out if they used cotterpins which we were forever
tightening on the old unis.

Can anyone tell me how durable the SemCycles will be compared to the
Taiwanese models?  I am quite heavy at about 87 kg and I like to do stuff
like jump gutters and bounce etc on the uni, something my old uni could
not take.

Cheers,
Steve.

 
 
 

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Post by Stev » Sat, 05 Aug 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> >Can anyone tell me how durable the SemCycles will
> >be compared to the Taiwanese models?  I am quite
> >heavy at about 87 kg and I like to do stuff like
> >jump gutters and bounce etc on the uni, something
> >my old uni could not take.

Well, the Sems arrived in the post today, and after throwing it together
as quickly as possible I went for my first ride.

The first thing I noticed was the maximum seat height seemed quite low
compared to my old Uni.  The second thing I noticed when I tried to idle
was that the cranks are a little shorter too (crash and burn from leaning
too far backwards).  I guess I'll get used to it, but I'm wondering if
you can get seat extenders for these beasts.

I've seen the recent discussion about cranks, and using the two different
ones I'm inclined to think I prefer the longer ones, but that is probably
because I'm used to them.

Thanks for all the responses,
Cheers,
Steve.

 
 
 

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Post by Peter Phil » Sat, 05 Aug 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hi,

>A friend and I just bought two 24" wheeled SemCycle Pros, but they have
>yet to arrive.  We previously had 24" wheels on some cheap Taiwanese
>uni's that disintegrated into nothing after some hard riding/learning.

>The main problem with the old uni's were that they used cotterpins and
>that the axles and wheels were too weak.  I buckled my wheel beyond all
>recognition by hopping on the peddles, and both my friend and I have both
>broken the axles.  We are looking forward to receiving our new SemCycles,
>but forgot to find out if they used cotterpins which we were forever
>tightening on the old unis.

>Can anyone tell me how durable the SemCycles will be compared to the
>Taiwanese models?  I am quite heavy at about 87 kg and I like to do stuff
>like jump gutters and bounce etc on the uni, something my old uni could
>not take.

>Cheers,
>Steve.

Semcycles are good, strong unis - mine has survived three years of hard unicycle
hockey - but you can break them.  The best way to break any unicycle is not to
maintain it.  Most of the cases of severe damage to Sems I have seen has been
through not taking care of them.  

 - Using you uni (especially bunny-hopping) with broken/loose spokes can destroy
   the wheel
 - Riding with loose cranks can cause the axle to shear (very important - keep
   those cranks on tight!)
 - Saddles can also snap if you land too *** them.

I have seen each of these things happen several times, but if you look after
your spokes and keep your cranks on tight (thread tape is the best solution
we have found to date) your new uni could last for years.

Good luck   ;^]

Peter

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