unicycle shocks

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by xeaza, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. xeaza

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  2. litldude2

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    Its -possible- but there would be no purpose. When you do drops and
    stuff you stand up so if there were shocks in the frame it wouldnt make
    much difference.

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  3. DarkTom

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    You could perhaps wire a big battery to it and maybe get a shock.


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  4. vanman2004

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    People have certainly put suspension seatposts on munis, which helps a
    little. But the idea is to absorb shocks with your knees anyway, so this
    doesn't help much with big impacts.

    I'll bet it helps a lot with bumpiness, though.

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  5. Mikefule

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    Amazing! I must try to devise a technical question that doesn't get a
    reference to "drops" within 3 posts.:rolleyes:

    An important difference between a conventional unicycle and a
    conventional bicycle is that any suspension movement on a unicycle will
    alter the distance between the pedals and the seat.

    As your legs are part of the "engine" of the unicycle, you need your
    seat to be at the right height relative to the pedals, and at a constant

    On a bicycle, the more complex frame (designed to carry the training
    wheel) allows suspension movement whilst the pedals and seat stay in the
    same positions relative to each other.

    Another problem with suspension on a unicycle would be the pogo stick
    effect. Unless the damping rate was exactly right, you'd hit a bump and
    a moment later you'd be fired skywards: newsworthy, but not efficient.

    On th eflat, you need to put your weight on the seat and pedal smoothly.
    On the rough, you should raise your weight above the seat, and rely on
    the natural springiness of your legs to act as suspension. Your body
    probably weighs 10 or more times as much as the unicycle.

    With skill and timing, a lot can be achieved. I saw a street performer
    the other day jump high and land barefoot on a bed of nails. As soon as
    his feet hit the nails, his legs decelerated his weight at a constant
    low rate, so that his feet were never pierced.

    (He probably practised with one really big nail, then worked his way up
    to doing a whole bed.)

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  7. harper

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    Mikefule wrote:
    > *Amazing! I must try to devise a technical question that doesn't get
    > a reference to "drops" within 3 posts.*

    I will hereafter respond to each of your technical questions with "drop
    it" immediately.

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