Where did the BC wheel come from?

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by Notch, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. Notch

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  2. James_Potter

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  3. johnfoss

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    If I had to guess, I'd say someone probably first did it during the
    1890s. It could have been a hobbyist or a professional performer. If it
    was a hobbyist and it never got written up, we'll probably never know.
    If it was an entertainer, there may be records of it in show fliers and
    things. I've seen posters and other ad materials from
    turn-of-the-century performers, and they show things like ultimate
    wheels, square wheels, half-wheels, big wheels, handlebar unis, etc.

    In the world of English-language, "organized" unicycling (like the
    Unicycling Society of America, newsletters and conventions & stuff), the
    earliest reference that comes to my mind is Sem Abrahams, who had a BC
    (or "impossible") wheel possibly at the 1979 National Unicycle Meet in
    Findlay, Ohio. Don't know if he had it there, but he did have it in 1980
    in Kokomo, Indiana. Tom Miller also had one around the same time, but I
    think Sem's may have come first. Next thing would be to ask him where he
    got the idea, or if he saw others do it first.

    The name of course comes from the comic strip by Jonny Hart.


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  4. jsm

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    It seems to me that if flatland BMX was something like it is today 30
    years ago, than a BMX rider would be the most likely one to have
    invented the modern BC wheel. From the videos I have watched, it seem
    that most flatland BMX consists of coasting around while standing on
    pegs on the front wheel, and holding the rear wheel and frame in the
    air. It seems to me, that for someone who was already adept at these
    flatland biking skills, removing the rear wheel and frame would have
    been a rather obvious step. It shouldn't even have required building any
    special equipment, provided the rider already had a good freestyle bike.
    Such a person would also already have had most of the reflexes for
    riding a BC wheel.


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  5. GTEye

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    Many flatland riders ride 'un-bikes'. These consist of the front wheel,
    fork, and bars. Next logical step is to take the wheel off and just
    ride that; whether someone did it before flatland riders or not, it
    independently arose there.


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