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Old January 15th 08, 04:08 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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petty wrote:
Are you still interested in knowing about the Petty Unicycle? My dad
made them back in the 50's when we lived in Wichita. They were the
first commercial unicycle made in the US and he advertised in Boy's
Life. When Schwinn started making them, he couldn't compete. Dad kept
about 5 in the garage at all times for anyone in the neighborhood that
wanted to ride. We moved to Arvada in 1961 and he made them for a few
more years. The seats were made to bounce (so they wouldn''t get
destroyed) and shaped so that they could be ridden both ways (no front
or back). My dad helped my brother build a tall unicycle and rode it
in Grand Junction CO and was in the Guiness Book of Records for a
minute before someone rode a taller one. My brother (pictured on the
flyer) used unicycles for delivering papers and he always had tall ones
to ride around on. Linda





Thank you Linda. That is excellent information. Thanks for the details!


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Old January 15th 08, 05:05 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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John, just how long have you had that avatar?



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Old January 15th 08, 05:20 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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petty wrote:
Are you still interested in knowing about the Petty Unicycle? My dad
made them back in the 50's when we lived in Wichita. They were the
first commercial unicycle made in the US and he advertised in Boy's
Life. When Schwinn started making them, he couldn't compete. Dad kept
about 5 in the garage at all times for anyone in the neighborhood that
wanted to ride. We moved to Arvada in 1961 and he made them for a few
more years. The seats were made to bounce (so they wouldn''t get
destroyed) and shaped so that they could be ridden both ways (no front
or back). My dad helped my brother build a tall unicycle and rode it
in Grand Junction CO and was in the Guiness Book of Records for a
minute before someone rode a taller one. My brother (pictured on the
flyer) used unicycles for delivering papers and he always had tall ones
to ride around on. Linda



Linda
Do you and your brother still ride?


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Old January 15th 08, 05:27 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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fun for 7-70?? sorry harper, go get a bike


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Old January 15th 08, 06:06 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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petty wrote:
My dad helped my brother build a tall unicycle and rode it in Grand
Junction CO and was in the Guiness Book of Records for a minute before
someone rode a taller one. Linda





Cool Bump, thanks for chiming in Petty!!

Is this your brother??
[image:
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/b...cle/uni45.jpg]

We found your tall unicycle in Grand Junction...check out this thread
and how the bike shop saved it from the trash pile:
http://tinyurl.com/2dtzra

Tell us more about the giant giraffe, You may wish to go see it
displayed and talk with the owners of the shop, I'm sure they would
love to talk with you!!

As a unicyclist from Colorado it is interestng to learn some of the
history!!


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Old January 16th 08, 05:23 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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jamessd wrote:
When you update your avatar, it updates on all of your posts.



I know. He's had that avatar, I think, since I discovered this site
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Old January 16th 08, 05:31 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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I did a little research and it turns out this is the guy who founded the
company! Looks familiar, but I just can't place him!


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Old January 16th 08, 06:41 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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MuniAddict wrote:
I did a little research and it turns out this is the guy who founded the
company! Looks familiar, but I just can't place him!



Perhaps his name is Tom.


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Old January 16th 08, 08:01 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Linda,
THanks for the history. I wonder why more people have not tried to
design a seat so there is no front/back.


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Old January 17th 08, 04:50 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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rem48 wrote:
Linda,
THanks for the history. I wonder why more people have not tried to
design a seat so there is no front/back.



cause then you might be riding your uni backwards on accident and
unscrew the pedals and mess up your crank threads. also, the front of
what you sit on is very different from the back. so saddles are
designed so that the part for the back is comfortable for the back and
the part for the front is comfortable for the front.


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