How to build a unicycle

How to build a unicycle

Post by UniC.. » Mon, 28 Sep 1998 04:00:00


In a message dated 9/27/98 11:10:40 AM Pacific Daylight Time,

<< The information in the book seems pretty good. I hope to build a giraffe
 unicycle using it as a guide. The production quality of the Solipaz
 publishing books is pretty low end.
  >>

I used this book to build my 6' giraffe.

Even though I scrounged up most of the parts and had a friend do the welding,
it ended up costing me about $75US.  Then I found a 5' Savage giraffe for $50
that I prefer much better.

The homemade model is quite heavy and cumbersome. Unless you are really into
engineering, it can be quite challenging to get everything adjusted just
right.

I guess my point is if you're looking to build one because it's cheaper, I
would say you're better off hunting garage sales and the newsgroup.  Now if
you enjoyed building models when you were a kid, then go for it!

-Mike

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How to build a unicycle

Post by John Dibbl » Mon, 28 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Write to:
Solipaz Publishing Company
P.O. Box 366
Lodi California 95241

The exact title is
How to Build Unicycles and Artistic Bicycles (Second Edition)
By Jack Wiley

The price of the book is $15.95 add $2.00 for shipping and 7% sales tax
if you are in California. (It took me about 3 weeks to get my copy)

The information in the book seems pretty good. I hope to build a giraffe
unicycle using it as a guide. The production quality of the Solipaz
publishing books is pretty low end.

A major disappointment for me was the lack of discussion of large
Unicycle Wheels. I was hoping for information on type and number of
spokes to use. What to use as a rim.  What are the options for tires
etc.

Despite this I have enjoyed the book and think it is certainly worth
having.

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>Can anyone out there tell me where I can purchase a copy of 'How to
>Build a Unicycle' by Jack Wiley? Thanks Frank

>And also how to access the F.A.Q. s page /

>Thanks some more.

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How to build a unicycle

Post by John Fos » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>I guess my point is if you're looking to build one because it's
cheaper, I
>would say you're better off hunting garage sales and the newsgroup.
Now if
>you enjoyed building models when you were a kid, then go for it!

On that note, Tim Bustos showed me some used unicycles for sale at a
bike shop in Sacramento. They have two or three old standard
unicycles, a 20" Columbia, 20" Japanese similar to the Oxford or Pro
that I have and a 24" (I think) cycle that is older, and may be
homemade. Or maybe it's an old Penguin or something.

But the real treasure are the two giraffes, a 6' and a 10'. These
appear to have been built by Hamilton's Bicycle East of Wichita,
Kansas. How do I know this? I have a 5' that looks just like them.
Hamilton's built custom unicycles back before Tom Miller was doing it,
and you can read about them in old issues of the USA Newsletter. I
think they're asking $250 for the giraffes, and you'll have to call to
find out about the others. The giraffes are well worth it.

College Cyclery
2760 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 456-2042

Chuck Meyer, Proprietor

Email? What's that? This place is ancient, and like a museum inside. I
think they have more antique bikes on display (some for sale) than new
ones.

Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone

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