Peace Corps Uni

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling archive' started by Paco, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. Paco

    Paco Guest

    I've been looking into this for a while, and I think that I
    might just go join the Peace Corps. Now, while I welcome
    any comments about that, my question is actually unicycle
    related (hence the RSU posting instead of Just
    Conversation). I went to a meeting about the Peace Corps
    tonight and they said that each person is allowed about 80
    lbs of luggage. It's a two-year committment, so I wouldn't
    want to go without riding for that long, and the recruiter
    said that it would be a good thing to have the uni. So my
    question is this. What would be the ideal uni for taking
    into the middle of who-knows-where and being gone for two
    years? This is what I've come up with so far. --I'd want a
    20 inch wheel. If I go any larger, it would be very bulky.
    But a 20 inch wheel should be manageable. --A collapsible
    frame would be very nice. Steve Howard has made some nice
    frames which break down into 3 (or 4?) parts. This makes it
    much more compact. --I'd also want splined cranks. They
    would be easier to take on and off for transportation, and
    I think they would be lower maintenance when the closest
    bike shop is a couple countries away. --I'd have to bring
    along a tire repair kit and a couple extra tubes (once
    again, lack of places to buy stuff), and I think I'd want a
    fatter tire, so I could do some MUni. What other things
    should I consider?

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  2. Rayden

    Rayden Guest

    If you have a Miyata seat maybe get an extra set of bumpers?
    I don't know how fast these wear down.

    Maybe an extra set of pedals? I am trying to think of
    anything that wears down.

    I would recommend you splurge and get a really strong uni
    unless you already have one. You don't want to break a
    crankarm or hub halfway through your stay.

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  3. Tom Holub

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    <[email protected]>, paco
    <[email protected]> wrote: )
    )I've been looking into this for a while, and I think that I
    might just )go join the Peace Corps. Now, while I welcome
    any comments about that, )my question is actually unicycle
    related (hence the RSU posting instead )of Just
    Conversation). )I went to a meeting about the Peace Corps
    tonight and they said that )each person is allowed about 80
    lbs of luggage. It's a two-year )committment, so I wouldn't
    want to go without riding for that long, and )the recruiter
    said that it would be a good thing to have the uni. )So my
    question is this. What would be the ideal uni for taking
    into the )middle of who-knows-where and being gone for two
    years? This is what )I've come up with so far. )--I'd want a
    20 inch wheel. If I go any larger, it would be very bulky.
    )But a 20 inch wheel should be manageable. )--A collapsible
    frame would be very nice. Steve Howard has made some )nice
    frames which break down into 3 (or 4?) parts. This makes it
    much )more compact. )--I'd also want splined cranks. They
    would be easier to take on and off )for transportation, and
    I think they would be lower maintenance when the )closest
    bike shop is a couple countries away. )--I'd have to bring
    along a tire repair kit and a couple extra tubes )(once
    again, lack of places to buy stuff), and I think I'd want a
    fatter )tire, so I could do some MUni. )What other things
    should I consider?

    My girlfriend, Nancy, was in the Peace Corps, and we just
    got back from visiting the family she stayed with in
    Honduras. I brought my MUni, and had a great time with it.
    The kids in town loved it; they kept shouting "brinco,
    brinco!" once they saw that I could hop. Don Paz, the head
    of the household, asked me to give a demonstration to pretty
    much any guest who stopped by.

    In Honduras, 80% of the land is on a 20% grade or greater,
    and like most countries a with Peace Corps presence, most of
    the streets are unpaved. There was plenty of technical
    downhill just on the roads in town.

    You won't have a choice in your assignment, but when you
    find out where you'll be stationed, do some research and see
    what kind of distances you'll be expected to cover. You
    likely won't have access to a car, so if your territory is
    large enough to be worth unicycling, and also small enough
    to be reasonably ridable, you might want to bring a larger
    wheel so it's easier to get around. It definitely should be
    something with a fat tire.

    The town where I was, Guaimaca, is sizable by Peace Corps
    standards--about 10,000 people. (In Honduras, they call it a
    city). There are bicycles all over the place, and a bike
    repair shop with some access to parts. Most of the bikes
    there are cheap BMX or 26" mountain bikes; you should be
    able to get rims, tires and tubes if you have a 20" or 26".
    (This is probably true for most of Central America--I don't
    know much about Asian or African assignments).

    I'd definitely want something with a splined hub, just
    because it needs to last. A solid seat is also a good
    idea, since you won't be able to replace that--get one
    with a bike rail adapter, so you can use a bike seatpost
    if yours breaks.

    A good tool set is a good idea; there won't be a lot of
    specialized tools available. At least bring a full
    Allen wrench set, a vise grips, maybe a spoke wrench,
    and tire irons.

    Nancy will be at Moab if you want to talk about the Peace
    Corps. She'd strongly encourage you to go. -Tom
     
  4. Borges

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    If your are going to have a new frame built the pichlerrad
    frame could be an inspiration (see the attached picture).

    I'd prefer steel over aluminum. If something breaks you'll
    probably be able to get it welded.

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