Shoenicycle (Part 1)

I've been putting off this post until the project is complete, but I can't wait any longer. Completion is within sight, but I gotta share what I've got so far.

I introduce you to the Shoenicycle. Totally custom made from salvaged parts (and shoes), it's been a project almost a year in the making. With bucketloads of help from Per, the frame was welded, grinded*, and brazed at his bike fabrication shop in Montreal. The wheel* was put together in Anacortes with my old shoes that I knew I had been keeping around for some reason. Tweaks to the axle/pedal mechanism were made on the spot of the first test ride at the Cirque Lab in Bellingham.

The first (and second) test ride attempts both identified problems, so officially, it has yet to be ridden. But with new steel crank arms, I trust that the last problem will be overcome soon. Hopefully, within a month, I'll have a video of this frankenstein of a machine being ridden around with glee. Then comes working up an act for Vaudevillingham. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for March.
Wednesday February 2 2011File under: circus, misc

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on Wed 02nd Feb, 2011 09:35 pm PST katie barnes said:
incredible. awesome!
on Thu 03rd Feb, 2011 12:43 am PST Horge said:
Very cool looking. I'm gonna have to forward this to my brother, who knows both how to weld and to unicycle. He might want to make one for himself. You should come up with a logo so that he can slap the "WrenCo" name to it if he makes one, too :-)
on Thu 03rd Feb, 2011 09:14 am PST The Mom said:
Interesting that all but one of the shoes are right-footed. So, are you making left-footed pairs from the rest for all that dancing you do?
on Sat 05th Feb, 2011 04:16 pm PST Ryan said:
Great! A shoe seat would be cool, but probably not useful.
on Fri 18th Feb, 2011 09:45 am PST Joannie said:
This should go on Chautauqua Tour this summer!
on Fri 18th Feb, 2011 11:15 am PST per said:
Dope! Here's to version 2.0 inflicting less harm on our eyes and your inner thighs.

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