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Tada! It's the amazing double wheeler that's impossible for most to ride. Tada! It's Gilby on a double wheeler.
Here are some pictures of Kevin Gilbertson riding a double wheeler (a.k.a. two wheeler, biverticycle, 2wheeler, twice, double decker, two stack). So it's an oxy-moron, but it's still a unicycle because it has only one support point in contact with the ground and the support point is the wheel (most of the time it's the bottom wheel, unless I attempt seat drag in front).

A unicycle with two wheels is nearly impossible for even expert unicyclists to ride. This is because you have to pedal backwards to go forwards. When you know how to ride a standard unicycle, you have reflexes that will keep you on the unicycle. If you can ride a standard unicycle, then you already have the balance to ride a double wheeler, but not the reflexes to stay on. On a double wheeler, the reflexes that you learned on a standard unicycle helps you to fall down faster than normal.

Most of these pictures were taken at the 1998 US National Unicycle Convention by Bill Gilbertson, John Foss, Craig Rogers, and Andy Cotter.

Melanie, Gilby, and Meike.
Melanie, Gilby, and Meike
There are even some unicyclists that can ride a double wheeler that are cuter than me! On the left is Melanie Dubberstein and on the right is Meike Schwardtmann. They are both members of the Smiling Faces unicycling club in Dudenhofen, Germany. These girls are some of the very few unicyclists that can ride one and do a few tricks on them, too.
Looking at ya
Gilby's looking at ya.

In this picture, I just mounted the unicycle by doing a rolling, running, catapult mount. Mounting a giraffe (silly animal, it's a tall unicycle) is always an important skill to know so that you can easily learn new skills on it and not have to always get help to mount. Other mounts that I can do on my double wheeler is a side mount, leg around, and the standard mount (this mount is like the catapult mount, but once you get good, you don't have to run as much).
Look! I can turn too.
Look! I can turn too.

Turning on a double wheeler is relatively easy to do. When first learning to ride a double wheeler, you wobble back and forth, slalom-like, more than on a standard unicycle. This is because you are used to correcting your wobbling with your foot and leg movements to make you go more straight. On a double wheeler, you try to correct yourself just like if you were on a standard unicycle and that causes you to wobble even more because you are correcting yourself the wrong way.
Spinning until you're dizzy.
Spinning until you're dizzy.

Spinning on a double wheeler can be fun, but like spinning on a standard unicycle, you can get pretty dizzy. On a double wheeler, you have to make sure to remember to pedal the right way when you try to get out of that pirouette that you accidentally got into.
Seat in front extended
Seat in front extended

Seat in front can be difficult on any giraffe unicycle because of the all force being pulled on the seat from your weight on the pedals. On a standard unicycle, the force from your weight doesn't act on the frame like on a giraffe.

Someday I'll be able able to drop down from seat in front extended and get into seat drag in front. I'd also have to switch to pedalling forward when doing seat drag. I think that this would be possible, but it'd be a tough fall.

Hopping on wheel with a shine.
270 to Hopping on wheel and 180 Unispin sequence.

In this sequence, I started hopping on the pedals with the seat out in front and then did a 270 unispin to hopping on the wheel, then I did a 180 unispin on the wheel and then back down to the pedals. Hopping on wheel

Hopping on the wheel is very similar to hopping on the wheel on a standard unicycle, but there is more torque making it harder to hold on to the seat. In my routine at the 1998 NUC and UNICON, I did a 270 unispin from the pedals to the wheel. The strange part of this is that when I am hopping seat in front to get into hopping on the wheel, my pedals are in the opposite position than they would be when doing it on a standard unicycle. Thus, I have to go the long way around the unicycle to get up to the wheel, but it doesn't matter because I normally do a 270 up. Landing a 180 Unispin Hopping with the pedals in the opposite position makes it where the reactions are pretty much the same as a on a standard unicycle.

This is a fairly easy trick compared to the normal difficulties that occur on a double wheeler. Again you have a little of the extra force to hold onto like on any giraffe unicycle. 180 UnispinThe 180 unispin is about the same except for a little extra weight in the unicycle, but with my new double wheeler, it's not very noticeable.

At the 1998 National Unicycle Convention, I attempted to do hopping on the wheel many times and fell all over the place with it. Here is a picture of me about to lose it.

Falling, as usual.
Falling all over the place.

Oh yes! Learning new things and trying old ones, you are very likely to fall. I sure seem to do it a lot and during my routine at the unicycling conventions was no exception. There was so much to show off at competition, but on a double wheeler, there is so much that can go wrong.
Gliding on the double-wheeler.
Gliding on the double-wheeler.

Gliding is a pretty cool trick to be able to do. On a double wheeler, gliding is just about the same feel as on a standard, but the wheel pushes your foot the other way. Since your foot is being pushed toward the frame, you can easily rest your foot up against the frame and hold your foot in place with the wheel gliding underneath. When you slow down enough, you want to make sure to think before you push the wheel, because the usual impulse is to push it the wrong way. So you either think about which way to push and go into wheel walking or step down back onto the pedals.
Oops! One of my many falls.
Oops! One of my many falls.

...and down with a smile...

Spoke walk.
Spoke walk

This is a fun trick, and is hard enough just to do on a standard unicycle. On a standard unicycle, you usually go backwards (I've attempted going forwards with no luck), so on a double wheeler that translates into a cool trick that can be done going forward. Another similar trick like this that you would be going backward on a standard unicycle is "koosh-koosh" (apparently that's the sound it makes when doing this trick, but it's actually a backwards wheelwalk with one foot behind the frame and the other on the frame and breaking on the wheel between steps).
Falling from spokewalk
I can fall doing that trick, too.

Spoke walking can be a difficult trick. On a two wheeler, it is especially difficult because of the friction between the tires. Since the wheels don't move as freely, you have to try to get a grip on the side of the wheel. If the name was actually correct to what you're doing with your feet it probably wouldn't be hard to push the wheel since you'd be pushing the spokes. However, doing spoke walk, you never actually use the spokes, but the sidewalls of your tire. This makes it where you feet slip easily on the tire. To the left is a picture of me slipping.
My old double wheeler
My old double wheeler.

Here is a picture of my first double wheeler, the unicycle that I learned many cool tricks on. This unicycle originally was my brother's first unicycle that he got for christmas in 1987. Since then the rest of my family got into unicycling. My brother got plates of steel to extend the frame from Rich Gilbert a couple years after we started unicycling. These plates were apparently passed around to many people in the club. My brother tried to learn to ride, but like most people that try to ride a double wheeler, he gave up really soon. This unicycle was a heavy tank, so I was out looking for another one. Hopping Seat in Front on my old 2-wheeler After looking at different options, I found out that Osell's Custom Cycles in Minneapolis, Minnesota just made a custom unicycle for Dustin Kelm, so I stopped in and asked for a custom double wheeler and got a test model in March of 1998. I am still riding that test model and it is awesome. When I got this unicycle, I improved so much in the tricks I could do. The main reasons are that my custom double wheeler was a lot lighter than my old one, that it has a square frame, and that it's pieced together a lot better.

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