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Old 2013-12-03, 07:40 PM   #16
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I'll bet he's got you thinking about doing it though
Thought about it, but it would mean anther 28,000 revolutions compared to a 36er! And I do love spinning, but 84,000 revs in 100 miles is crazy!
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Old 2013-12-06, 10:13 AM   #17
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Old 2013-12-06, 01:38 PM   #18
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Omg

Thanks for the picture Pagee
Oh my gosh
Now a 24 looks miniscule!
And a 36 doesn't look much bigger
Well done on a fun ride, well I'm sure Ken thinks it was fun now...
looks like the pool has already been co=opted for the next unicon
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Old 2013-12-06, 01:44 PM   #19
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Now a 24 looks miniscule!
Frankly, Ken looks miniscule as well
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Old 2013-12-06, 08:54 PM   #20
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Yes, interesting assortment of wheel sizes.

I'm not that small! It's an optical illusion.
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Old 2013-12-06, 09:07 PM   #21
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I'm not that small! It's an optical illusion.
On my screen you measure barely 10 cm, and I know full well that you are not that small. Besides, I only wrote you look minuscule (implying that you aren't).

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Old 2013-12-06, 09:13 PM   #22
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I'm not that small! It's an optical illusion.
Yes you are, but only on the outside. You are very big on the inside! Full of guts, you might say. The thought of riding 100 miles on a 24" is daunting in itself. The idea of racing it as fast as you can is downright painful. And possibly the worst part of all is doing it while knowing you have a geared 36" sitting at home? Agony.

How different to be the smallest wheel there, instead of the biggest!

We drove along the side of Lake Taupo in 2009 so we got an idea of its size. Was the ride mostly flat?
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Old 2013-12-06, 09:14 PM   #23
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We drove along the side of Lake Taupo in 2009 so we got an idea of its size. Was the ride mostly flat?
It was rolling. 1650m of climbing and 1650m of descending
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Old 2013-12-06, 09:31 PM   #24
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It was rolling. 1650m of climbing and 1650m of descending
When using a 24" uni that could actually be described as uphill both ways in a snow storm.
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Old 2013-12-07, 06:27 AM   #25
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Congratulations!

You are a true inspiration, Ken.
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Old 2013-12-08, 02:09 PM   #26
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Did you consider using much shorter cranks on the 24"? Would it have been easier to cruse with 80 mm cranks? The 125 mm cranks seem excessively long. I know you described it as the standard racing configuration, but you were not at an official unicycle race.

I have 125 m cranks on my 24", but I only ride it a mile or two.

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Did you consider using much shorter cranks on the 24"? Would it have been easier to cruse with 80 mm cranks? The 125 mm cranks seem excessively long. I know you described it as the standard racing configuration, but you were not at an official unicycle race.

I have 125 m cranks on my 24", but I only ride it a mile or two.

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That defeats the point of the exercise, which is to race in a standardised gear ratio. Otherwise I could just as easily have ridden a 36".

It means that results in races will be comparable, regardless of the technolgical changes.

The IUF standard is maximal wheel size 618mm, minimal crank length 125mm.

The other option is to do a 700c standard...but it hasn't really caught on yet.
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That defeats the point of the exercise, which is to race in a standardised gear ratio.
But technically, there is no standardised ratio for a 160 km race. In other words, I wouldn't want to wish such a limitation on anybody riding that far!

In Japan they have done some 100 mile events, but I'm not sure if they stuck with a minimum crank length or not. They used to do "unlimited 24" racing as well, at least for the 100m. Either way, you have proven your mettle. I promise never to break your 160 km 24" record.
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Old 2013-12-09, 05:45 AM   #29
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But technically, there is no standardised ratio for a 160 km race. In other words, I wouldn't want to wish such a limitation on anybody riding that far!

In Japan they have done some 100 mile events, but I'm not sure if they stuck with a minimum crank length or not. They used to do "unlimited 24" racing as well, at least for the 100m. Either way, you have proven your mettle. I promise never to break your 160 km 24" record.
I also pledge never to break GizmoDuck's 160 km 24" record. Because of my extreme respect for his accomplishment, I pledge never to even attempt to ride 160 km in one day on a 24", regardless of crank length.

I am sure GizmoDuck is relieved. :-)

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Old 2014-01-31, 06:04 PM   #30
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This Herculean ride is a source of inspiration for me and I worked out some of the speeds as mini-goals for myself in the sense, "Surely I can one day match Ken Looi's average speed riding 160k over 1k on my 24 inch unicycle." I'm sharing here in case they're useful to anyone else.

10k (10k, 6.2 miles) 31m = 19.4 kph (12.0 mph)
20k (12.4 miles) 64m = 18.8 kph (11.7 mph)
80k (49.7 miles) 278m = 17.3 kph (10.7 mph)
160k (99.4 miles) 696m = 13.8 kph (8.6 mph)

10-20k (6.2 miles) 33m = 18.2 kph (11.3 mph)
20-80k (37.3 miles) 214m = 16.8 kph (10.5 mph)
80-160k (49.7 miles) 418m = 11.5 kph (7.1 mph)

So far I can "boast" that my 1k average beats Ken Looi's back 80k average on this particular ride. Woot!
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