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Unicycles | Barton Haynes

As evident from my most recent post on, I’m on a unicycling kick this week. Although I haven’t had much experience on the saddle of one of these incredible, one-wheeled contraptions, they live in the same family as road bikes and I thought I’d give them some thought. Upon researching, I’ve learned a great deal about the evolution and the current state of the unicycle. Head over to my article-based site to read The History of the Unicycle to find out more.

On this site, however, I’ll continue to share photographs of this incredible vehicle. As you’ll see and read below, the “one-wheeled bicycle” has come a long way in its roughly 100 years of existence. Please enjoy the snippets of information provided from online sources below accompanied by pictures of the incredible unicycle.

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“A unicycle is a vehicle that touches the ground with only one wheel. The most common variation has a frame with a saddle, and has a pedal-driven direct drive. Unicycling is practiced professionally in circuses by street performers, and in festivals and as a hobby. Unicycles have also been used to create new sports such as unicycle hockey. In recent years unicycles have also been used in activities similar to mountain biking or trials.” -Wikipedia

“Typically, [the unicycle] it consists of a seat attached to a frame that is attached to the wheel hub. Seats are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. Unlike a bicycle seat, they are often curved slightly downward and symmetrical. They are padded and may have “bumpers” on each end to protect them during one of the rider’s inevitable falls. Some seats are designed with handles on the front to enable the rider to do various tricks.”

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“Traditionally, unicycling has been seen as a circus skill which has been performed at events to entertain the public in the circus or during parades, carnivals, or street festivals. Recent developments in the strength and durability of bicycle (and consequently unicycle) parts have given rise to many new activities including trials unicycling and mountain unicycling. Unicycling is arguably now as much a competitive sport and recreational pursuit as an entertainment activity.” -Wikipedia

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“Like many obscure niche sports, this extreme style of unicycling would not have reached the success it holds today if not for the enthusiastic popularity it had with the public. Due to this support, a number of companies and manufacturers started creating new designs to cater to this rising sport.” –Unicycle Guru

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“In Japan where unicycling is a mandatory part of every elementary and middle school childs PE curriculum, there are now more than a million and a half unicyclists. Japans Chancelor understood the value of unicycling (building better balance) as an intrical part of life and decided it would be an injustice to not offer it to the population. Just one success story of many. A huge benefit of unicycling is the size. Not only are they more compact to fit in may more places than a bicycle would, they don’t require all the extra components such as chaines, gears, breaks handle bars and more. Much less expensive to maintain and obtain.”

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“While the unicycle designs have changed little over the years, inventors have not stopped trying to produce a better cycle. Most of these attempts have been related to making the unicycle safer and easier to ride. For example, a patent issued in the United States during 1994 describes a unicycle that is designed to have a limited tilt. This invention uses a ground contact attached to the pedals to limit the amount of tilt that the rider experiences. Another patent issued in 1999 describes a unicycle that is equipped with handlebars that can aid beginning riders. In addition to these new designs, other improvements in unicycles will likely be in the form of new composite materials that make the vehicles stronger, more durable, and lighter.”

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“No gears, no brakes, no handlebars, no problem.” -Muni Weekend T-shirts, 1998



8 Concept Bikes | Barton Haynes

Greetings to everyone from the wonderful world of cycling headquarters here at! For those of you who are just stumbling onto this site, I’m Barton Haynes, your cycling guru. I love anything and everything having to do with bicycles. As I wrote in my introduction post titled Barton Haynes Cycling – San Deigo, I manage two bicycle websites. The first is over at (for more information, check out my About page). The second, obviously, is this site. The difference between the two is that the latter is photography-based and my original blog is article-based and packed with information all about my favorite cycling subjects. Some of my favorite posts to date include The History of the Bicycle, How to Clean Bicycle Breaks, and Cycling Quotes.

My most recent post on, however, was all about bicycles of the future (feel free to click over directly to the article titled 5 Futuristic Bicycles). Writing this post had me thinking all about concept bikes this past week. With so many new inventions springing up on the market, I’m itching to see what will be released in the cycling sphere over the next few years.

Therefore, today, I’m sharing some 8 concept bikes with you all. Concept bikes are purely what they are by definition – just concepts. For now. My sincerest hope is that these incredible ideas make it through to the development stage so that we might see and experience a revolution in the world of bicycles.









After taking a look, do you have a favorite? Is your imagination reeling? I hope that I was able to provide some cycling inspiration for you today as we think about the future of bicycles.

Many thanks for visiting my site and happy riding!


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Mountain Bikes | Barton Haynes

Although my primary love for cycling takes the form of road cycling, I have recently developed more of an interest in mountain biking. As the summer approaches and the forests begin to glow with sunshine, I can’t help but have a yearning to do some exploring off the beaten path. I’m looking forward to taking my mountain bike out on the trails around where I live in San Diego, California.

Mountain bikes are very different from road bikes. To get an exact definition of how they’re different, read this Men’s Fitness article titled “Mountain Bikes vs. Road Bikes.” Basically, the major difference between the two is where you’re meant to ride them. A road bike is made for pavement and speed. A mountain bike is made for everywhere and is designed with durability in mind. This changes the frame, size, types of tires, etc. of each kind of bike.


Recently, on my other bike blog (Bart the Bike Guy), I wrote an article titled “How to Choose a Mountain Bike.” Here, I discuss the different kinds of mountain bikes for those of you who are interested in purchasing a mountain bike for the upcoming summer season.

Thanks for taking a step into my mind today and sharing my interest in mountain biking. I wish you all the best on the trails this summer!

-Barton Haynes

Beautiful Bike Routes | Barton Haynes

Today’s post is going to inspire a bit of wanderlust for all of the cyclists following along. Recently, a friend asked me the following question:

“What dream cycling routes would you like to travel to?” 

This question inspired the most recent post on titled “Ask Bart Haynes: The Best Cycling Routes in the World.” There, I listed 5 of the most scenic routes for cyclists spanning the globe.

On the same note, I’m going to share some photographs with you all today of more beautiful cycling routes that Mother Earth has to offer. From desert to forest to mountain, this planet has anything you could ask for in terms of cycling terrain. To accompany the images on this post, I’m going to attach some of my favorite traveling quotes to spark your imagination and motivate you to get out and explore on the saddle of your bike.


The Pacific Northwest, United States
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“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton


Virginia, United States

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“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain


Carretera Austral, Chile

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“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury


The Death Road, Bolivia

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“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes


The Dolomites, Italy

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“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry


Dirt Road in Mongolia

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“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman


Bali Bike Path, Indonesia

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“Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss


Happy travels and best of luck on the roads, fellow cyclists!

-Barton Haynes

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Barton Haynes Cycling Pinterest page where I’ve been spending a lot of my time pinning more beautiful and inspiration cycling images.


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Barton Haynes, AKA Bart the Bike Guy

Greetings, fellow cyclists! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Barton Haynes and I am a cycling enthusiast and love all things having to do with bicycles. I manage several Internet outlets that promote my cycling interests including my blog, Bart the Bike Guy, and my Pinterest page where I enjoy discovering pictures of bicycle photography, vintage cyclingcycling apparel, etc. 

This website is an offshoot of my other pages featuring more of my favorite photographs. If you’re a cyclist and are passionate about all things having to do with hitting the pavement, I encourage you to start following along. I will treat this site like my own personal Pinterest website where I’ll share images that inspire me as a cyclist. Be it a photo of a race, a picture of cycling gear, or images to get me motivated, this will be the place where I publish cycling inspiration.

Thank you so much for finding me and for following along. My greatest hope through these sites is to inspire others, fuel my own cycling passion, and increase cycling awareness across the Internet.

Many thanks for your support,

Barton Haynes


Motivational Quotes by Barton Haynes


Recently on my bike blog, I shared a post all about Motivation for Cyclists. A while back, I also shared a post featuring some of my favorite Cycling Quotes.

Today, my goal is to continue with this train of thought and share some more motivational quotes that really get me excited to hit the pavement. Many of these quotes echo my life philosophies. I therefore thought them appropriate and important to share.

Barton Haynes’ favorite Cycling Quotes


“Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  -Albert Einstein

“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” -Eddy Merckx

“A bicycle is the finest mode of transport known to man.” -Adam Hart-Davis

“When my legs hurt, I say: “Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!” -Jens Voigt

“You can’t get good by staying home. If you want to get fast, you have to go where the fast guys are.” -Steve Larsen


“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.”  -James E. Starrs

“Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym.” -Bill Nye

“Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.” -Lord Charles Beresford

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.”  -John F. Kennedy

Thanks for reading,

Barton Haynes

Cycling in the News: November 2017

Hello to all of my fellow cyclists! Today, I’m going to be sharing images of cycling in the news. I posted a similar article on my affiliate blog,, titled Cycling in the News: September 2017. However, due to the image-heavy nature of these posts, this series will now move to this site (

If you’d like to learn more about each of the images you see, please click on the header links provided below for more information.

Zwift: The Story Behind the Indoor Cycling Phenomenon

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Cycling to work just as effective for losing weight as exercising at gym five days a week

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Tramadol could provide performance enhancement for cyclists, study finds

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A Love of Cycling Inspires Richard Mille to Create a Watch

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Major vintage-themed cycling festival coming to Herne Hill Velodrome next June

Thank you, bike riders, for following along as always! Finally, please check out the links below to read and learn more from my past posts on the blogs and on social media.