7 year old boy seeks unicycle....

My son is very interested in learning to unicycle and I’m looking for
recommendations as to brands and such before investing in one.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

-Brenda

Re: 7 year old boy seeks unicycle…

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Quadriga <trolhaus@together.net> wrote in message
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> My son is very interested in learning to unicycle and I’m looking for
> recommendations as to brands and such before investing in one.
>
> Any help is greatly appreciated!
>
> -Brenda

When my son was 6 1/2, I got him a 16" Semcycle-XL ($150). By his 7th birthday,
he had learned to ride. But 3 months later, he was itching for a 20" uni, and he
took over my brand new Miyata Deluxe ($230). Then, the 16" was a learner machine
for various friends, and he wouldn’t get off the 20". 3 more months later (last
week), he talked me into taking off the seat extension on my brand new Miyaya
Deluxe 24" uni ($240). He can ride it, but luckily it’s a bit of a stretch, so
he gave it back.

Since your son is already 7, I would recommend a 20" uni, unless you have
younger kids or his friends might like riding a 16" once he moves on to 20". It
will be a little harder for him to learn on a 20", but not much unless he’s
really small for his age.

The Miyatas are really nice, either standard or Deluxe, but are more expensive
than other brands. I would recommend just going to http://www.unicyclesource.com
and checking out the whole range of products. Basically, you get what you pay
for (ie stay away from the bottom-of-the-line products).

                               Good luck,
                                 Nathan

Re: 7 year old boy seeks unicycle…

Quadriga (trolhaus@together.net) wrote:
i: My son is very interested in learning to unicycle and I’m looking for[/i]
i: recommendations as to brands and such before investing in one.[/i]

i: Any help is greatly appreciated![/i]

The unicycle page at www.unicycling.org is an excellent start point, or the
unicycle soure at www.unicycle.com have a good catalog across a range of prices
and models. also sizes.

It is important to get a uni that fits him now, but will take longer seat posts
as he grows. if he is big enough starting with a 20inch wheel gives him
something that he’ll possibly still be riding in 10+ years time. An eighteen
inch or smaller wheel he will be able to stick with for some time but most
adults find them a bit too small. Either way, if you get a seat post and saddle
to fit you as well you can both learn together.

hope you have fun sarah
ps there is a unicycle NG as well

Re: 7 year old boy seeks unicycle…

Quadriga <trolhaus@together.net> wrote in message
news:37CC06C4.4711@together.net
> My son is very interested in learning to unicycle and I’m looking for
> recommendations as to brands and such before investing in one.
>
> Any help is greatly appreciated!
>
> -Brenda

I agree that you get what you pay for. If you get a very cheap unicycle, it may
turn out to be hard to ride – your son could get frustrated and give up.

My daughter was nine when I gave her a 20-in. XL. She’s had tons of fun on it,
and still rides it today – five years later.

Re: 7 year old boy seeks unicycle…

Quadriga wrote in message <37CC06C4.4711@together.net>…
>My son is very interested in learning to unicycle and I’m looking for
>recommendations as to brands and such before investing in one.

I was looking at the Jugglebug unicycles on the unicyclesource.com web page for
my daughters, but Tammy Marsh mentioned in an email that JC Penny had a 16"
unicycle in their catalog for $39. I went to the online catalog, did a quick
search on “unicycle”, found it and ordered one. It’s bright red, with a plastic
wheel with a decent air tire, real bearings and everything. The seat is a
comfortable Schwinn style with heavy duty plastic crash pieces at both ends.
Looks like it was built to learn on. This is nothing like the Hedstrom tricycle
style unicycles dept stores used to sell, it’s actually ridable.

Now both my daughters want to learn. My oldest is 7 and with the seat in the
lowest position, it’s about right for her (she’s fairly petite), the next just
turned 5 and even in the lowest seat position, it’s still about 3 inches too
tall for her. I figure by the time her older sister’s learned and is ready for
something else, she’ll have grown enough for this one.

Greg

Re: 7 year old boy seeks unicycle…

On Thu, 2 Sep 1999, Greg House wrote:

>
> Quadriga wrote in message <37CC06C4.4711@together.net>…
> >My son is very interested in learning to unicycle and I’m looking for
> >recommendations as to brands and such before investing in one.
>
>
> I was looking at the Jugglebug unicycles on the unicyclesource.com web page
> for my daughters, but Tammy Marsh mentioned in an email that JC Penny had a
> 16" unicycle in their catalog for $39. I went to the online catalog, did a
> quick search on “unicycle”, found it and ordered one. It’s bright red, with a
> plastic wheel with a decent air tire, real bearings and everything. The seat
> is a comfortable Schwinn style with heavy duty plastic crash pieces at both
> ends. Looks like it was built to learn on. This is nothing like the Hedstrom
> tricycle style unicycles dept stores used to sell, it’s actually ridable.

I would think that a unicycle with a 17" wheel would be really hard to ride,
just due to the fact that there isn’t enough gyroscopic effect with that size
wheel, plus, you’d have to peddle like the dickens just to move five feet. I’m
sure you can get 20" unicycles that you can adjust to kid size (I think the
original seat post on my Schwinn 20" unicycle went down pretty far).

–Barton.

Re: 7 year old boy seeks unicycle…

Barton Chittenden wrote:

> On Thu, 2 Sep 1999, Greg House wrote:
>
> > … Tammy Marsh mentioned in an email that JC Penny had a 16" unicycle in
> > their catalog for $39. … with a plastic wheel with a decent air tire, real
> > bearings and everything. …
> Looks like it was built to learn on. This is nothing like the
> > Hedstrom tricycle style unicycles dept stores used to sell, it’s actually
> > ridable.
>
> I would think that a unicycle with a 17" wheel would be really hard to ride,
> just due to the fact that there isn’t enough gyroscopic effect with that size
> wheel, plus, you’d have to peddle like the dickens just to move five feet. I’m
> sure you can get 20" unicycles that you can adjust to kid size (I think the
> original seat post on my Schwinn 20" unicycle went down pretty far).

We train kids from six to sixteen on unicycle, and the 16" or 17" variety are
definitely what the small folks prefer. What they get is better control for less
muscle effort (think of wheel size as a gear ratio). True, they have to pedal
more to pick up speed; but at that age, they’re really trying for steady more
than swift. Muscle control is really different for them, too.

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