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Old 2019-04-27, 01:22 AM   #16
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There are plenty of good unicycle options in Australia. Having more to choose from is no benefit for someone without any experience to know what to look for. There are plenty of unicycles available on Gumtree for very little money.
Best get a cheapy to get started and see if you even like unicycling. Then decide what kind of unicycle style you like before buying another. (Or deciding you like all styles and ending up with a big collection.)
OneTrackMind is right.
I ride an Indi Australia 20Ē which I bought for under $50 on gumtree. Itís a solid cycle. The brand was sold in bike shops. There are often good unicycles going for cheap prices. I believe Iím at the upper edge of learning the skill of unicycling. I just donít practice. Bouncing around a netball court, with a cheap unicycle, is fine for me. Once I have good control Iíll buy something better. I also own a 5 footer, which was a steal on gumtree.
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Old 2019-04-29, 02:45 AM   #17
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Currently I think Iíll go with gumtree when I am back and probably start with something on the cheaper side. While I know the information Iím receiving is extremely valuable, right now a lot of it is going over my head, so I think I need to read over it again once I have learned a bit more, either through studying or experience or both. Plus that way I can find out if itís something Iím decent at with practice, and more importantly, if I enjoy doing it or not.
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Old 2019-04-29, 08:16 AM   #18
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If you are only learning you can live with an aldi for a good 8 months or more at a guess
I dunno, when learning you can trash a unicycle pretty quickly. I started on the $50 Aldi one and it only lasted two months before it was unridable. It taught me basic riding and freemounting though, so I think it was worth it.
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Old 2019-04-29, 11:16 AM   #19
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I dunno, when learning you can trash a unicycle pretty quickly. I started on the $50 Aldi one and it only lasted two months before it was unridable. It taught me basic riding and freemounting though, so I think it was worth it.
I haven't broken one but learnt to ride on one with a loose crank. When you then try to ride on a unicycle without loose bits... Omg. So nice
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Old 2019-04-30, 03:19 AM   #20
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I dunno, when learning you can trash a unicycle pretty quickly. I started on the $50 Aldi one and it only lasted two months before it was unridable. It taught me basic riding and freemounting though, so I think it was worth it.
I think we need to redefine the meaning of "worth it". I understand your point; you got your $50 out of it. It is a shame, however, that there exist so many "throw away" items in our consumer culture. How much more expense does it take to produce a unicycle that doesn't fall apart after two months? How many more resources does it take? How much more energy does it take to produce better parts? This is not a rhetorical question; hardened aluminum obviously takes a lot of energy to heat to a high temperature, for example.

In the realm of musical instruments, there are two kinds of keywork. One is made from forged metal blanks which are then milled into keys/buttons. The other comes from "pot metal". A liquid metal is poured into a mold. These instruments start out all right but are trashed within a few years. Repairmen don't like working on them. Using a torch on the keywork makes it melt. I don't know if that's similar to the way cheap unicycles are made.

Bottom line: For a more utilitarian version of "worth it", get a slightly nicer unicycle, one that won't fall apart, then give it to a beginner when you're done with it.
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Old 2019-04-30, 03:46 AM   #21
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One tip to resolve a loose cotterless crank that cannot be tightened. Get an aluminium drink can, empty the contents, cut out a rectangle of metal. Wrap the metal around the hub connector. Put the crank on. Hopefully crank is no longer loose.
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Old 2019-05-02, 12:19 PM   #22
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I think we need to redefine the meaning of "worth it". I understand your point; you got your $50 out of it. It is a shame, however, that there exist so many "throw away" items in our consumer culture. How much more expense does it take to produce a unicycle that doesn't fall apart after two months? How many more resources does it take? How much more energy does it take to produce better parts? This is not a rhetorical question; hardened aluminum obviously takes a lot of energy to heat to a high temperature, for example.

In the realm of musical instruments, there are two kinds of keywork. One is made from forged metal blanks which are then milled into keys/buttons. The other comes from "pot metal". A liquid metal is poured into a mold. These instruments start out all right but are trashed within a few years. Repairmen don't like working on them. Using a torch on the keywork makes it melt. I don't know if that's similar to the way cheap unicycles are made.

Bottom line: For a more utilitarian version of "worth it", get a slightly nicer unicycle, one that won't fall apart, then give it to a beginner when you're done with it.
Don't get me wrong, I completely agree, and if I knew it would last such a short time I wouldn't have bought it. On the flip side, it was the right time, place and price and so I bought it on impulse. If I hadn't then I probably wouldn't be riding today.
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Old 2019-05-04, 12:28 AM   #23
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Am I wrong in thinking unicycle brands found at bike shops or unicycle.com are of a higher quality?
I think a beginner should buy a used Club, Solo, Torker or other basic unicycle and not an Aldi Crane. My $50 uni can easily be sold for the price paid. While learning my uni has bounced off many surfaces and it still works like new. I use very fine steel wool to clean the rust and I have basic maintenance skills. The Cranes I have seen seem to have poor welds and I believe made from poor materials. Why thrash a cheap uni and throw it away when you can have fun and keep the unicycle or share the love of unicycling with a stranger.
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Old 2019-05-04, 12:54 PM   #24
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Am I wrong in thinking unicycle brands found at bike shops or unicycle.com are of a higher quality?
I originally thought, if it is a second hand uni and you don't pay much it doesn't really matter. I paid ten dollars for my first uni at a garage sale. It did the job of getting me started and the cost was negligible compared to the thousands of dollars my collection is now worth.

I was quite surprised one day when a young guy I met on the street rode it and said it was a really good uni. Then a girl who lived up the street gave me her's "for parts" after having given up, and I understood. I only kept the saddle, post and tyre to upgrade my original uni which had a terrible saddle. The rim and frame were rally rusty, the cranks were bent and it had broken spokes.

Rule of the thumb for me would be, if it has a steel rim then forget it. The manufacturer was totally focused on cost and didn't care about the product.

I still have my original no brand uni that apparently came from our local bike shop as I have seen the same one there. I think it was like $175. It is good for kids. How I ever learnt on it surprises me now.
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Old 2019-08-24, 12:28 PM   #25
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Currently I think Iíll go with gumtree when I am back and probably start with something on the cheaper side. While I know the information Iím receiving is extremely valuable, right now a lot of it is going over my head, so I think I need to read over it again once I have learned a bit more, either through studying or experience or both. Plus that way I can find out if itís something Iím decent at with practice, and more importantly, if I enjoy doing it or not.
How did you go Blaze?
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Old 2019-08-31, 10:00 AM   #26
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How did you go Blaze?
Thank you for asking! Currently I have it on the backburner, as since I got back everything has been crazy, which is both good and bad, as I wish I had more time, but I'm glad things are working out with my entertainment business.

I'm performing at the Gold Coast Show, just got my busking license for Surfers Paradise, and I have an upcoming audition for Penn and Teller's Fool Us. Right now getting things ready for the audition is my highest priority, but hopefully once that's done and I get more of a system in place for the rest of my business, I can start to get a little bit of free time again.
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Old 2019-08-31, 02:48 PM   #27
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Thank you for asking! Currently I have it on the backburner, as since I got back everything has been crazy, which is both good and bad, as I wish I had more time, but I'm glad things are working out with my entertainment business.

I'm performing at the Gold Coast Show, just got my busking license for Surfers Paradise, and I have an upcoming audition for Penn and Teller's Fool Us. Right now getting things ready for the audition is my highest priority, but hopefully once that's done and I get more of a system in place for the rest of my business, I can start to get a little bit of free time again.
Ok cool. Glad to hear you haven’t thrown in the towel!
Regarding time.
After I got my balance, I would ride everyday to go to and from the train station for work.
I also do short rides ride to and from the car to volleyball training and games. Doing little things like that helps. And if you have some space near your kitchen, it’s possible just to try some skills out inside the home (if nobody is too precious about anything in the home).

So, there’s generally a way to get the time in.

Good luck with your audition, and maybe you can be busking with your uni sometime! As a performer... You’d need to learn to idle... and I’d suggest juggle too...

So... unicycling, juggling, magic and comedy. All in one

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