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Skatto
GOLD Member since Jan 2007

Skatto

Walking on whims...
Location: Eastbourne, UK

Total posts: 687
Posted:Well a friend of mine, a gymnast, has recently developed an interested in purchasing a German Wheel.
He had a go on one when he was up in London on a visit/workshop, and wants to pursue his dream of rolling around like an elegant buffoon.

He has, however, had no luck finding places to buy one! All the websites he has found have been in German - and he has never been good at learning other languages... he usually relies on mime and charades when he goes on holiday. wink
Even with Google Translator he is finding the information on the websites unclear, and I told him not to buy anything if he wasn't too sure what the hell he was buying. He did of course try Ebay, believing them to have absolutely everything imaginable for sale, but again he had no luck.

I am posting here in vain hope that you lovely HoPers may know something. smile When you are interested in certain circus skills, you tend to learn a little about other such hobbies as well!!

So, here is what I mean when I say "German Wheel" :
http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en-commons/thumb/2/2b/180px-96-Wheels-SpindleBridge.jpg
http://www.circusjuventas.org/Galleries_Taroq/German_Wheel_for_Two3.jpg
http://artsfestival.net/2006Festival/06images/german%20wheel_sized.jpg
http://www.corpus-acrobatics.nl/img/germanwheel.jpg

There are some fun little videos on youtube too biggrin

My question is...
Do any of you know where he can buy a German Wheel?
Be it a shop (he lives in Brighton... but oddballs does not sell them) or via the internet (preferably in English!)

Thanks in advanced! hug


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mcp
PLATINUM Member since May 2003

mcp

Flying Water Muppet
Location: Edin-borrow., United Kingdom

Total posts: 5276
Posted:it's also called a rhoenrad (Rhnrad) in german, and sometimes a 'gymwheel' so if yer friend searches for that, they might have some luck. (or at least, find different weird pages) I have many pages in the past that sell rhoenrad's and some are happy to reply in english if you email them. But I don't have those links around. Sorry!

"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.

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faith enfire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin, USA

Total posts: 3556
Posted:oooooh so very cool, i want one

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rainbowgirl


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member
Location: London/Southend-on-sea

Total posts: 70
Posted:WOW, its a giant hamster wheel, but for people!!

I want one, now!

Do you reckon if i ask nicely the easter bunny will bring me one? i dont wanna wait for father christmas!


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Skatto
GOLD Member since Jan 2007

Skatto

Walking on whims...
Location: Eastbourne, UK

Total posts: 687
Posted:The easter bunny IS well renowned for his German Wheel craftsbunnyship. So possibly. smile



I have to admit, I really want one too! But I think before I do anything like that I'll have to get a bit more acrobatic/gymnastic. tongue



Thanks for the information Meg, he said he found a German Site called Rhnrad, but obviously could not read it. I'll tell him to try emailing them - their email address should at least be easy to find!



Thanks again, will continue searching.



Edit:

Couple of videos for those who are interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm5l3VkJXqA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ex5k5ifj70



There was also a video of a man "getting ready for work" on one of these wheels, dressing himself and everything - was very humorous, but i can't find it. smile

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Skatto

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faith enfire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin, USA

Total posts: 3556
Posted:very cool especially when he is spinning on the edge

Faith
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FireTom


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Total posts: 6650
Posted:hmmmmmmmmmmmm - Ich koennte zum Beispiel beim Uebersetzen helfen? wink



(maybe I can be of assistance? - PM me biggrin )



This is called a "German wheel"??? Funny, I'm sure it's because it IS an oversized hamster-wheel.... and anybody in Germany does it, without being aware of it...

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Cody
SILVER Member since Sep 2003

Cody

That guy from Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada USA

Total posts: 556
Posted:Just a heads up, it's amazingly easy to really hurt yourself on one of these. When you go uspide down your bail options are limited to falling onto metal and or having a large metal ring fall on you. A friend of mine rolled over his own hand and broke his wrist.

But they are lots of fun. smile


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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

Total posts: 4145
Posted:I think it's because apart from Germans, most people can't pronounce Rhnrad ubblol

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FireTom


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Total posts: 6650
Posted:... and it's so close to "Funny RoehM" - so I guess they changed the name after WWII ... shrug

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wyldmajik
BRONZE Member since Jun 2005

newbie
Location: Ocean Grove, Australia

Total posts: 33
Posted:these guys are in the UK they may be able to help him get some more details about it all
http://www.torwell.plus.com/torwood/


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Skatto
GOLD Member since Jan 2007

Skatto

Walking on whims...
Location: Eastbourne, UK

Total posts: 687
Posted:Thanks for the link Wyld biggrin

Skatto

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Run like a cushion,
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MonkeySpiral


newbie


Total posts: 2
Posted:Hi,

Sorry for the very late reply!

Im from the Torwood club, we have an training day on Saturday. It open to all abilities. From 10:30am 5pm. if anyone is interested feel free to contact me.

Our club is in Suffolk (its the only one in the UK)

Its not too hard to get to by car
We are about 1hr 15min east of Cambridge (A14) and 1hr 15min north of the M25 (A12)

Or train its also 1hr 15min from London Liverpool St to Ipswich.

We have 9 wheels of all sizes. Its actually easier than you might think to start with. We will be there to coach as it can be dangerous if without the right knowledge.

The guy that does the "getting ready for work" is Wolfgang Bientzle, very talented.

one of my favourite straight line routines (wheel stays standing upright, not in spiral) on youtube at the moment is Julia Pohling Apocalyptica




Ive been thinking that using poi and wheeling simultaneously could be a lot of fun. Its possible to wheel in a gravity deifying way without hands, I just need to learn the poi bit now!

All the best,
James

James@Rhoenrad.co.uk


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mcp
PLATINUM Member since May 2003

mcp

Flying Water Muppet
Location: Edin-borrow., United Kingdom

Total posts: 5276
Posted:hey james,

Do you do roue cyr down there too? Or is it all just the german wheel?


"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.

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MonkeySpiral


newbie


Total posts: 2
Posted:hi, we are looking at getting on for the club - it will take up a lot less space, which is good!

I've had a go with a single rim in Germany, they can look very elegant (just not when I did did!)

not wanting to start a "which type of wheel is better" thread (well you can if you like!) they are a bit limited to just spirals.


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mcp
PLATINUM Member since May 2003

mcp

Flying Water Muppet
Location: Edin-borrow., United Kingdom

Total posts: 5276
Posted:Nah, I like the single wheel cos it's simpler and I have one. Well mainly cos I have one. biggrin

I think they have about the same irritation factor to transport them. Can you even transport a german wheel that isn't breakdown-able? (Without a big car or truck.)


"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.

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Fire_Moose
SILVER Member since May 2007

Fire_Moose

Elusive and Bearded
Location: Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Total posts: 3597
Posted:ohhh i want a german wheel, hahaha id look so ridiculous on it.

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MikeIcon
GOLD Member since Mar 2003

MikeIcon

Pooh-Bah
Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA

Total posts: 2109
Posted:http://www.gym-wheel.com/RRBau.htm

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pizarro


stranger


Total posts: 1
Posted:A guy, Holger Zimmermann, makes german wheels of high quality. He makes wheels to the cirque du Soleil. If you interested, his mail is: zimmermann@rhoenradbau.de

The website is in german, so contact on his mail.

Depending you live is the price

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Lev


Firedance Philosopher
Location: Vancouver BC Canada

Total posts: 79
Posted:Intense, looks nice.

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Skatto
GOLD Member since Jan 2007

Skatto

Walking on whims...
Location: Eastbourne, UK

Total posts: 687
Posted:I forgot about this thread, my god I want a German Wheel lesson. :-p

My friend got one by the way, but I don't see him so much as he's moved away to Uni. I'm hoping he'll show me what he's learned when he comes back for summer!!


Skatto

"Fly like a mouse,
Run like a cushion,
Be the small bookcase."

For goodness sake, don't aggravate the otters!!!

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