Recumbent Unicycle

Machining, Unicycling


Not a pretty beast, and not easy to ride. It took me thee weeks of practice before I could ride it, and only after that could I “sort of” ride it. No free mounting or anything crazy like that. The balance point is just crazy difficult compared to a regular unicycle.

Here’s a video of me riding it on 1/31/2010:

I still plan to “shine it up” and build a small backrest. I originally wanted a nice large backrest, but I decided that it would hinder the ride ability of it.

Here’s the building process, which went together really fast (it is a hack):

Cut up a bike and figure out roughly where I wanted things:


All trial and error, with some guessing:


Weld a seat together out of some old bike tubes:


Weld it all together and cover the seat:



Hmm…not too elegant of “steps”.

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Cool. I was doing a lot of thinking last fall about recumbent unicycles, I think there is a lot more potential there than has been investigated yet.


Very Cool. Two things come to mind–you must have monster abs and if you don’t yet you soon will. Also, I wonder if a counter weight up front would allow you to go more recumbent. I can’t imagine how hard this is to ride.

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Not a unicyclist, but just looking at you riding it made me think that if the crank was down lower it would be easier to ride. Would result in a greater than 90 degree angle between torso and legs. A clue might be that your back is super curved with head and shoulders leaning forward for balance. ¯\_(?)_/¯ :) Fun!

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