$26,000 dollar invested in Nimbus 24" Muni

Wondering how other riders investments compare ?

24" Nimbus Muni $330
Wrist braces $ 23
Tennis shoes $ 45
Bike helmet $ 40
Bike shorts $ 48
Bandanna for bald head under helmet $ 3
Dent removal from Subaru WRX
from falling into it while learning $175
Surgery & steel plate in wrist after
unplanned dismount went horribly wrong $25,000
Misc. pain pills & Gator aid $ 50 estimate
TOTAL SO FAR…$25,714.00
What have I learned ?
Dent Wizzard does excelent work.
Find a fence to hold on to when learning.
Buy the safety gear when you buy the unicycle because
you never know when you will need it.
This hobby costs way more than I expected !!!

What sort of wrist braces?

Here in .au we pay more for freight and a weak dollar, and a lot less for health care.

Australian healthcare is pretty good. Had to go in to emergency overnight once. Got dropped to emergency, saw me fixed me up gave me a bed overnight let me go the next day. Total cost $0. No health insurance needed.

The question is, were the wrist braces being worn during the ill fated unplanned dismount?
I really wonder how effective wrist braces are at preventing injuries.


Good wrist braces do make a difference.
At moderate impact they prevent the shafing.
At high impact you might break your forearm instead of your wrist.
A forearm is just simple bones and heals much easier than a complicated wrist joint.

Owch! Sounds like it hurts!

Can you still ride?

Pro Tech is the name of the wrist braces
and i did not have any protective gear when it happened.
The wife changed all that !
There is no doubt in my mind they are worth wearing. wont stop all injuries but they add a lot of strength to your wrist and have a chunk of plastic on the palm that absorbs shock as well as abrasions.
was back riding in about 6 weeks.
was only riding for about 4 weeks when it happened.
Wanted to get back at it sooner but I was worried about another fall.
I rode when i was 13 ( not that well )and now at 57 decided to get back into it.
can freemount first time 80% of the time and am working in ideling now.
can only last about 30 minutes and then my legs and butt are begging me to stop.
I think the only remedy for endurance is seat time, so I’ll just have to keep plugging away at it.

So sorry about your injury, Aaron, but I’m going to have to differ with you on your math. It looks to me like you are currently into your unicycle for $489. The $175 is invested into the Subaru, and the $25,050 is invested into your insurance company, followed by the pharmaceutical companies, followed by your wrist. :frowning:

Was the Subaru your car? I always recommend people who are learning to use someone else’s car. :slight_smile:

When it comes to learning (or re-learning) to ride a unicycle, it sucks to not be a teenager any more…


Sorry to hear about your hard fall.
So, this string is going to “scare” a few people from riding.
However, let’s analyze exactly what happened?

1.) How many hours into your learning period?
2.) Were you “railing it” or “going for it” no hands/go crazy/go for it?
3.) Did you fall forwards or backwards?
4.) Did you have protection on during the fall?
5.) Did your legs get ahead of yourself?
6.) Did you feet slip off the pedal?
7.) Did you just get stuck at 6/12 oclock?

Aaron, you were extremely unlucky to have such a serious injury from unicycling, especially early in your learning experience. I hope you make a good recovery.

In 30 years of riding, I’ve put myself in hospital 3 times: chipped bone on wrist - checked over and no overnight required; 7 stitches to chin and no overnight required; 7 stitches to calf and no overnight required. Total cost to me: £0 (equivalent to US$0 at current rates).

Over here, we pay taxes and National Insurance so that free healthcare is available to all at the time of need. It’s not a perfect system, but I’ve heard of worse.

That’s interesting, I think I’ve also had three hospital/doctor visits related to unicycling:

  • Broken collar bone/clavicle from shoelace wrap-up on 36" during training for Ride The Lobster -- Outpatient
  • Cut on my head, from riding into a wall-mounted switchplate that was extended out from the wall (playing uni-hockey at the 2001 NUC in Toronto) -- Got in line at hosp; saw it was going to take many hours; my wife ended up taping my head back together)
  • Poison oak, ground into my arm/elbow from a fast crash on one of our local trails (pretty much any of the dirt trails have poison oak). You don't want that stuff getting direct access under your skin. A single doctor office visit for some hardcore meds. [/LIST] Fun times! :)

    BTW, that’s it for my nearly 38 years of unicycling. Besides those, unicycling has kept me out of the hospital, and off of drugs, as I pass through my mid-fifties.

  • That is why I gave up on giraffe after a hard fall.
    Only sticking with my 29" Hatchet, 36Coker, and 26 Torker at this time.
    Cause I ain’t a young buck anymore(like my son whose learning on 20") :slight_smile:

    Americans pay more for healthcare than people in any other country, and don’t have much to show for it in terms of public health. As unicyclists, we may not be able to do much about the fact that America’s infant mortality levels are on par with those of some African countries, but we are at least in a position to put a microscopic dent in the obesity epidemic, which is another huge problem here. The US has been at or close to number one in obesity for many years, and a study that just came out says that 30 of the 50 states now have an obesity rate above 30%. This epidemic is estimated to cost over $150 billion annually in medical bills and lost productivity, so, though unicyclists may be statistically insignificant, in some tiny way, we make the world a better place, at least for ourselves and those we inspire.

    After more than four years of riding, my only injuries have been small scrapes and pedal bites, and a tiny bit of what might have been tendonitis after a long ride at high speed with very short cranks. The only protective gear I own is for the day when I get serious about unispins: some soccer shin guards and some improvised calf protectors. I am very careful about riding in traffic, though, and tucking in my shoelaces, especially when riding a larger wheel.

    I always tell beginners: Use whatever support you need for mounting, but then get away from it immediately. It prevents you from learning, and a UPD against a wall or the side of a car can be quite dangerous. Flat pavement is much safer than you might think.