Ok, so here’s my brilliant idea. I saw a picture of the Magic Wheel on 100+ Project‘s Facebook page and I thought, “Isn’t that a silly thing!” Then I thought, “Hmm, maybe I should take one of them things with me for going down the mountains; could be worth the weight.” Then, “Hold on… it has one wheel…. I have one wheel…. What’s stopping me from making my one wheel into ‘that’ one wheel for going down the hills?
Are you lost yet? Well, if not, what’s to come is sure to lead you into the maze. The idea is that if I’m able to construct a ‘standing platform’ on either side of the wheel, I can stand over the wheel, with my feet below the hub, while holding onto the seat [for dear life] in front of me. With my weight ‘hanging’ from below the hub, balance should be improved and I should theoretically be able to coast (that’s how things work in my mind at least). And with my brake, I should be able to control my speed. So what I’d have is the beauty of coasting on a unicycle, without having to develop Kris Holm like skills.
So, naturally, there are some hurdles to overcome. Firstly, I’d need to remove the cranks and pedals to coast downhill. Why? Well, on a unicycle, when the wheel turns, the crank arms and pedals turn – they’d just be in the way, in a big way. So, I’d have to replace the crank arms, possibly with ‘freely hanging’ crank arms and swap out the pedals every time I wanted to coast downhill. Another problem is that I’d probably want to find a way to shield my inner thighs (and other anatomy) from the rapidly rotating knobby tire below (read serrated knife / grinding wheel).
So there you have it. IF I can pull this together, and assuming it works after put together, my life on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route will be sooo much easier (I’m not cheating am I?)