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Old August 27th 06, 04:53 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Well, after being distracted with non-uni projects all Summer, I finally
decided a few weeks ago to finish my final design version of The Red
Menace. It has a choice of 5 different gear ratios using common
bicycle granny rings. The transmission is my smoothest version yet.
Less chain tension and no crank play whatsoever. And a Hope Mono disc
brake setup, chosen specifically because the Mono had a reputation as a
sucky bike disc, and true to form, works just wonderfully on the 36"
wheel with no grabbing and great modulation. The paint is a red fading
slightly to brighter on the top. The only part remaining to be added
is the super-secret custom road saddle, in red snakeskin, from the
world's finest saddle maker.


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Old August 27th 06, 06:54 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Ha ha ha...I got to be the second human to ride this baby after Pete
christened it in my neighborhood today. I am here to testify that it is
one sweet machine, and if anything rides better than it looks, which is
saying a lot. Pete is a guy who likes his engineering precise, and it
really shows in this latest and finest example of his design. Purple
Phaze is nice, but this is nicer.

The gearing today was 1:1.4, giving it an effective 50" wheel size. I
wish I could have had more time to get comfortable with the gearing and
really crank it up, but I was pretty timid. After a summer of direct
drive coker cranking in prep for the 'MS-150'
(http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=51208), the gearing
felt really strange, even with the ride being super smooth. The uni
wasn't jerky, but I sure was. Still, I made it up the block and back
including a fairly tight u-turn, with no UPD.

Signing off now, while saying silent prayers I'll get another, longer
shot on the Red Menace sometime in the future.


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Old August 27th 06, 10:54 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Nice machine....I like the incorporation of the disc brake and how the
axle and the hub are now inline as opposed to sitting above it- the
lowered centre of gravity compared with Purple Phaze must make it more
stable at speed.


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Old August 27th 06, 10:56 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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i dont quite get how it works.

can someone please explain it really slowly for me.

is the left crank not attatched to the hub at all?


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Old August 27th 06, 02:39 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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iridemymuni wrote:
i dont quite get how it works.

can someone please explain it really slowly for me.

is the left crank not attached to the hub at all?



The hub is different than any other unicycle hub. The hub body is on
bearings and is able to rotate around the axle. In that sense the hub
is like a bicycle wheel hub that spins on an axle.

The cranks are attached to the axle. There is a jackshaft (the two
cogs above the hub). The chain from the cranks drive the jackshaft.
The second chain from the jackshaft then goes down and drives the hub.
So the hub is able to spin at a different RPM than the axle. That is
what allows for gearing. It can be geared up or down based on the size
of the cogs.

I hope that makes sense. It's hard to explain without pictures.


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Old August 28th 06, 08:33 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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john_childs wrote:
The hub is different than any other unicycle hub. The hub body is on
bearings and is able to rotate around the axle. In that sense the hub
is like a bicycle wheel hub that spins on an axle.

The cranks are attached to the axle. There is a jackshaft (the two
cogs above the hub). The chain from the cranks drive the jackshaft.
The second chain from the jackshaft then goes down and drives the hub.
So the hub is able to spin at a different RPM than the axle. That is
what allows for gearing. It can be geared up or down based on the size
of the cogs.

I hope that makes sense. It's hard to explain without pictures.





ahh i get it now.

i wasn't sure how the other crank spun at the same time as the other
crank. that would make sense.

thanks


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Old October 18th 07, 08:03 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Wow! I missed this thread the first time around. Then I realized that
it came and went while I was off on vacation.

That thing is a work of art. Very nice. Reminds me of the Guinness
commercials: "Brilliant!"


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Old October 18th 07, 11:10 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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It's funny, weird and would be awesome to ride.

It's funny and weird because it almost looks like NKahler avatar.


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Old October 24th 07, 11:02 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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To say this is cool is an understatement. I would love to visit sometime
and try it out. I borrowed a 1.5 geared Hunter36 for a while this
summer and managed to get pretty comfortable with the 54" equivalent
gearing, at least on flat and down. Uphills really take effort. But man
does it love downhill.

I didn't see the whole weight in the thread - Pete have you weighed
it?

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Old November 27th 08, 06:58 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Please post a vid. It would be awesome to see it in action. Also, have
you tried it with a bike saddle?


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