Thursday, May 07, 2009

Bike Shop Gourmet #2, and a muni.

It was a great day to ride into the shop today. The weather is a perfect low 70 deg, light wind day. Things have been going well in the shop, and we're up on repairs from just two das ago. On this afternoon's list of things to do are build a Rawland, finally finish the build on the latest Pofahl tourer, and upgrade Curtis' road bike beforethe ride home.
Today's lunch. Baby red potatoes and marinated sirloin steak. Total meal cost for two people, $5.50. Awesome. We got this in today for a guy in Northfield. These things are killer! It's a Kris Holm 24 complete. The thing is burly. Everything on it is serious stuff, and it should handle the light off road and trials stuff really well. The uni has some seriously bling parts, including the new KH Moment cranks.

Drilled rims also bring weight down, while the machined brake track opens up Magura possibilities in the future.
KH's famous saddle and handle round out the build.
Really good looking stuff. This has inspired me to try again at my so far failed attempt to ride a muni. I really want to, it's just tough. Serious props to anyone who can ride these well!

10 comments:

Joe said...

Hey Ben! That's a great looking muni!! I'm just getting back into muni after a 4 year break. I wish I wouldn't have sold a lot of my cool unicycles. I still have a custom with a Surly rim and tire and another custom 26 x 2.5 with Magura brake. I have a 3.0 tire for it too, but I love the Panaracer Megablaster 2.5 tire on it. I had it at Decorah last weekend and the brake made the trails a lot more ridable. You should learn to ride one.... it's fun.

Joe in Iowa

Ben said...

Yeah, we tried to ride the one I have last night. It's hard. I can admit that I totally suck at it. We'll give it the good old college try, but damn. I'm sure it's one of those things that just takes an obscene amount of practice, but still. I have the proper Large Marge laying around to put one of these together if I ever get to that point. Might be fun.

Anonymous said...

There are a couple of guys that ride those Muni's at Rays indoor MTB park here in Cleveland OH.They are both awesome riders and can ride them in the expert section on VERY!!! narrow bridges and even teeters also trials stuff.Impressive,I can sorta fake it on level ground but forget North Shore style obstacles!you can check them out at www.raysmtb.com I think there is a video of the Muni's!

Ben said...

I'm am continually in awe of good Muni riders. Much like watching trials guy, it's something that just make me want to learn something new. That kind of balance it close to god like, think of how that would help almost anyone on their mtb as well. I think it may be a really good cross training tool. Something fun to run around the shop on in the winter as well!

Joe said...

Another thing about muni is... it can make a boring trail fun again by adding a new challenge to it. Also, you don't need an epic long trail to go out and have fun. Short loops are fine. You have lots of slow speed control with the muni and you'll start to see trials lines everywhere. I don't "catch air" with a bike and drops scare me, but on the muni it's easy. It's just so easy to bale off of with no handlebars to get hung up on and only one tire to worry about. When I used to ride a lot, I'd keep one in the trunk of the car to play with if I had time or found some cool obstacle to tackle. Here's a couple vids of mine from 6 or 7 years ago.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he-rQRVPJAI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25H5lcbpv04

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mth6I6YjH-I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv_Kf9qGew8

and a couple recent ones...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK8DK-jjnGQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXCabqRNiKI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVmp-sK8pNA


cheers.... Joe in Iowa

Ben said...

Very cool Joe. No helmet in some of those though? Tisk tisk. So let me ask you this, is it a lot easier to ride a muni with slightly larger wheels, ie 24"? I'm not under the impression that a 20 should be easy, but it does seem like the smaller wheel/shorter cranks is a bit small for my 6' frame. You'll have to come up for a ride and show me how it's done sometime.

Joe said...

They say a 20" is easier to learn on, but I learned on a 24x2.6 muni. I was riding the length on my very long drive-way in 4 hours, but I was a fast learner. I think a slick tire would have been easer to learn on maybe. It's just like walking. Lean forward and keep the wheel under you. I held on the side of my car to get on it, then just pushed off. A slight downhill helps. Just keep trying until you go farther each time. The body just has to learn how to do it. See ya... Joe

Ben said...

I'm getting the hang of it slowly. Stupid question, should the saddle height be bike saddle high, or a bit lower? Sounds like I have everything to get started here, I just have to practice a bunch. A lot of the reasons for me wanting to learn are the vast area of unicycleable terrain around here. Would make for some interesting rides. Thanks for the tips, I appreciate it. Cheers.

Joe said...

I think saddle height is personal preference. It's easier to ride with a higher saddle, but I have mine a little lower for off-road riding. The freestyle crowd from MPLS(http://www.tcuc.org/) have their saddles as high as they can. Street, trials, and muni riders like to be able to get off the saddle for drops and rough ground. For learning... keep it up there.

Before you know it, you'll be riding around on a 36er.

Anonymous said...

I practiced with a quite a high saddle (24"x3" muni) so that my foot was almost straight when the pedal was at 6 o'clock position. Being a mere 5'9" myself it was a tad difficult to learn a free mount. I had to grab the saddle. Then I dropped the saddle about a 3/8" and it became a lot easier to mount the muni.