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Yucycle Transporter

Unique Hands Free Bicycle

Hip and Hands-Free

Is it a tricycle with no handlebars? A unicycle with three wheels? However you describe it, the Yucycle is cool, new and tons of fun to ride. It’s designed for hands-free cruising. You pedal with your feet and steer by making subtle shoulder movements, so your hands are free to hold a cell phone, drink a soda, or shoot hoops if you’re really coordinated. It moves forward and backward, and you can ride it “scoot style” or have a friend hop on the rear step.)

The inventors of the Yucycle are Scott and Kurt Comstock, who
create sports and leisure products that other companies commission. The Yucycle is the first product Scott and Kurt are taking to market themselves. The two brothers imagined that adults and kids over 12 would enjoy cruising, slow and mellow, on the Yucycle. But it didn’t take long for high-energy teens who were testing the cycle to start doing tricks like bunny hopping and riding on one or two wheels. It turns on a dime, so expect some pretty extreme maneuvers from teen cruisers.

Learning to ride the Yucycle is easy, almost intuitive, and a new rider can be peddling around town in no time. Judging by early reviews from teen testers, the Comstock’s hip cycle is about to reinvent cruising, both for the mellow crowd and the extreme acrobats. Ride on!

— Cara
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Scott
    Scott

    I'm Scott Comstock who along with my brother, Kurt, invented and developed the Yucycle Transporter. I've got a great answer to any question you can possibly think of asking me, so let loose and fire away and thanks for visiting us on the Daily Grommet!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/18/09 1:28 PM

    I love that Jen called this a Unicycle with training wheels (Jen - you looked like you were having a ton of fun!). Scott - have you ever ridden a unicycle...is it a similar feel? I've always been fascinated with unicyclists!

  • Scott Comstock
    Scott Comstock
    12/18/09 1:36 PM

    Yea, I leaned to ride a unicycle one summer a few years ago when I was 13 years old. It is very difficult and you fall about a 1000 times before you learn to balance on it while you ride. That was our real motivation for developing the Yucycle. It's so easy to ride and you can do a lot more tricks and stuff than a unicycle.

  • Giancarlo
    Giancarlo
    12/18/09 1:38 PM

    Scott, awesome invention. I may also want to get this featured on my site, where can I contact you?

  • scott Comstock
    scott Comstock
    12/18/09 1:47 PM

    The fine people at the Daily Grommet have me tied up in their basement right now so go ahead and contact them to pay my ransom and get me released!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/18/09 1:53 PM

    @Scott - Glad your motivation wasn't purely to find something that would drive your father crazy! @Giancarlo - I will get you two connected. It's cold down in the basement especially for a Cali boy.

  • Rick
    Rick
    12/18/09 1:57 PM

    This is very cool. It looks like it may be good core conditioning. Is that true?

  • scott Comstock
    scott Comstock
    12/18/09 2:23 PM

    Great conditioning! I go on long walks with my labrador and then I did the same 2 mile trek on the Yucycle. It's direct drive with no coasting so you are constantly pedaling. I could feel the "burn" in my leg muscles along with my core muscles from the twisting motion while steering. I had to quit and go back to walking because my legs were getting too skinny.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    12/18/09 5:37 PM

    Is this just for young people? (like skateboarding??) I am pushing 60 years of age, love to ride my bike, but I am not athletic whatsoever. Should I just stick with my bike?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/19/09 1:26 PM

    @Debbie, Scott has a bit more experience with the age range for this product so we'll let him overrule us when he has a chance to stop back. However, our instinct is that if you're older and unsure of your ability to balance, you may want to stick to something with handlebars!

  • Scott Comstock
    Scott Comstock
    12/19/09 1:39 PM

    What is the best age range for the Yucycle? That's a tough question, it really depends what you want to do with it and in what kind of shape you're in. The Yucycle does take some balance and coordination especially on any sort of uneven terrain. It does tip over on sharp turns if you're going too fast or trying trick moves so you have to be able to move quickly and step off to avoid landing on your tush. But, if you are riding on flat ground or level path you really can enjoy a good workout without being young and athletic. Even more fun for older riders is "riding double" with a child or grandchild standing on the foot-bar on the back. This extra weight makes the ride extra stable and helps prevent tipping, plus, it's twice as much fun!

  • Irma Ajhar
    Irma Ajhar
    12/20/09 3:18 AM

    I gave it a try, and WOW, it was so easy, and I did not kill myself. I am 77--a great grandmother. It certainly is not going to be my mode of transportation, but any one 55 years younger will have a ball.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/20/09 4:59 PM

    @Irma - Thank you! We needed your perspective on this question.

  • Skipper
    Skipper
    4/24/10 11:21 PM

    I see you have been watching old reruns of the TV show."The Monkeys"..The studio , at the time made a version of this just for them...non production...glad to see someone run with an old idea,,,

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/24/10 11:42 PM

    @Skipper, what a great piece of information! Thank you for sharing that with us.

  • e.
    e.
    5/19/10 10:48 PM

    I have 4 questions. 1.)How fast can I realistically expect to go riding a Yucycle? I commute by bike 5 miles each way and I would like to try commuting by Yucycle. 2.) The Yucycle doesn't have gears right? 3.) How does the Yucycle do on steep hills? 4.) In your opinion will a Yucycle help a person to develop balance who is attempting to master riding a unicycle?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/19/10 11:28 PM

    @e. I am going to forward your questions on to Scott for his perspective. However, #2, #3 - the Yucycle has no gears. The pedals directly turn the front wheel, so no coasting only constant pedaling during your 5 mile commute and no gearing down to get up that steep hill. I bet you could do a test on your way to work tomorrow pick a gear that seems similar to what the Yucycle would be (4th?) stay in that gear the whole way and don't coast! We would love to hear back with whether or not you decide to Yucycle to work!

  • e.
    e.
    5/20/10 5:16 AM

    Hmm, Katherine well thanks for your very quick reply. I'll look forward to the answers from Scott about the kind of speed you can attain on a Yucycle. My bike actually has no gears. It is a single speed, but it also has 27 " wheels. The inability to coast on the Yucycle and the fact that the wheels are much shorter than 27 inches might make it a no go for my commute to work. It would likely turn my 20 minute commute into a 40 minute commute. I had not thought through the fact that you can not coast at all on the Yucycle even though that information is posted clearly above. I can't really imagine not having the ability to coast at all on a ride of any length.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/20/10 10:33 AM

    @e - It sounds like a huge workout to me! From your 4th question it sounds like you are a Unicyclist in training. I still think a Yucycle is going to be a fun option for you, just maybe not for the commute to work.

    Yucycle is going to be on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda today. Check them out if you have a chance!

  • Scott
    Scott – Special Guest
    5/21/10 6:05 PM

    The Yucycle is not really a commuting sort of vehicle like a bicycle or even a scooter. It's more of a direct drive unicycle that everyone can ride at moderate speeds. Great for people and kids that don't want to commit to 30 or 40 hours of learning to ride a unicycle. I do a 3 mile walk with my labrador in around 40 minutes for some casual exercise. When I ride the Yucycle I can do it in about 30 minutes so it's slightly faster than walking speed. The difference is my legs are ALWAYS spinning. You use different leg muscles to pedal level or up hill and different muscles to slow the pedals and control your speed on slight downhills. It's a great exercise and leaves my legs "wobbly" from the workout. My dog likes the extra pace also. All of the "twisting to turn" motions is also great for your abs and core muscles! Add a kid standing on the back and you'll both be having fun! You can't do that on a unicycle!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/24/10 2:20 PM

    Here's a fun clip of the Yucycle on the Today Show!

  • Deb Scott
    Deb Scott
    6/3/10 8:07 PM

    Would this be a good bet for someone trying to get some "biking" exercise. I have had a couple of strokes, but am back into the swing of things. My balance is a little off.....i would mostly be riding on a fairly flat and smooth terrain.

    ? Debra I know this would work for me............!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/4/10 12:06 AM

    @Deb - you can get a sense of the balance needed in the videos, it's not as easy as riding a bike. If that doesn't give you concern and your doctor hasn't restricted your activities and this looks like something you would love to do while keeping yourself active, you may have found a winning activity!

  • Heather
    Heather
    6/28/10 11:24 AM

    As an overweight person who is looking for various fun ways to exercise, I was really into this contraption until I noticed the 200lbs weight limit. Oh, well...maybe someday I will get one!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/28/10 11:48 AM

    @Heather - and we look forward to sending you a Yucycle someday! Good luck with your goals. We do have another unique product that I think would be perfect for you. It is called the Switch 2 Health exercise monitor and it monitors your activity and gives you rewards for getting 60 minutes of physical activity each day! Check it out here:

    S2H Replay Physical Activity Monitor

  • Tracey
    Tracey
    7/18/10 1:28 PM

    Looks like fun! DON'T FORGET YOUR HELMET!!! :-)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/18/10 1:41 PM

    @Tracey - Good advice!!

  • Layne
    Layne
    9/7/10 4:15 PM

    Hey Scott, have you thought about a motorized version with a back rest for a around the house mobilizer for a person with disability? just thought. I know foot rests and a joystick for steering would be required, but for folks that have decent balance and transfer strength it could be a nice alternative to heavy power chairs

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/7/10 4:56 PM

    @Layne - I will forward to Scott!

  • Michele
    Michele
    1/22/11 4:00 AM

    Scott~

    I was wondering if you could tell me what the New Models for 2011 will be like? And when about this summer they will be out?

    Thanks =)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/23/11 1:46 AM

    @Michele: Great question we'd all love to know! I have zipped Scott a message and will report back.

  • Michele
    Michele
    3/18/11 3:36 AM

    Hi Katherine or Scott~

    It's me again.. I left a message back in Jan. and 2 months later, still haven't received an info. Just wondering if you could please give me a heads up on what changes will be made to the 2011 style and or mainly; 'When will it be out?'

    Or will it ever be ?? :\

    Thanks for your time.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/18/11 10:27 AM

    @Michele: I just received this from Scott: The Yucycle name has changed to the Cyco Cycle "for crazy fun" and will be available in 2 weeks at most Toys R Us and Walmarts. (it's gone big time!!) This is a link to the commercial that will be airing on many national tv channels:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw5yisya00s

  • Audrey/Ella
    Audrey/Ella
    8/5/11 4:59 PM

    I have had my eye on this for my grandson since I fisrt read it. I was holding out for christmas but.. Our toys are us is closing and the liguidators have stepped in and changed prices. The price was 65.00 I could not resist!! My girl freind was in the store and spotted it and sant me picture that she haad found it and the price i had her load it on a cart and stay there until I could get there!!

    The price was not good for the inventors but maybe they will feel better about the word of mouth advetizing i did in the store. When I got there I ask if they had any more. the liquidors said yes but could I come back later so they would have time to get it out of the racks. Since I had already made a lot of happy noise about this product and other people were coming to se why. I said no, i would wait until they got it down. I was afraid they had not know what a steal they had on a great item and if I left they would raise the price!! So 1.5 hours later( which I am sure they could have gotten it sooner) after I had lunch sitting on the flat bed with the one i already had they brought them out. I bought 3! And the other costomers bought the rest of them! lol since word of mouth is the best and seeing it only adds to the want it factor thihs product will be on the streets of Newark, Ca As of today! And will be on the streets of Murrieta, CA ( in a mostly Navy house neighborhood) by next week! I sent the one to my grandson, and the other 2 to his mom and dad!! That way there would more for his friends to ride! They are having a 30th birthday party for my daughter when John get back from a shake down criuse so I know the Sailors will be tring them!! So ask when the are going to make a bigger model that holds more weight??

  • Audrey/Ella
    Audrey/Ella
    8/5/11 5:00 PM

    You should cross reference the name change so when I send people top your site them can find it now!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/5/11 5:43 PM

    @Audrey/Ella Fletcher/Stell: Great story! Have fun!

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