A stupid question for the day

Hi guys.

I have a potentially stupid question for all your amusement:
Do unicycles (generally speaking) ship together with the tools required to assemble them, or should I get them elsewhere instead?

If I indeed need to get the tools separately, what would I buy to assemble something like a Qu-AX Profi 20", which is what I’m currently considering buying?

Thanks.

Not a stupid question and it is something that you should ask whoever you buy from. Based on my experience in buying from unicycle.com (UDC) they do not provide the tools necessary to assemble or maintain a unicycle.

Here is a past thread with some recommended tools: Essential Tools, Mechanical and Maintenence skills

I can’t speak for the higher quality uni’s but all 3 I have bought came with tools needed, however I chose to use my own tools other than the alen wrench
as it was fine to use.

That thread looks especially helpful. Thanks a bunch!

QU-AX assembly video

The video I linked is using a different unicycle, but I’m 90% sure the tools are exactly the same. If not, every hardware store will carry the tools needed, nothing special required. Also a pretty good instructional video for when you get it, it should steer you clear of all the common mistakes.

It is no guarantee it will be done right. Wouldn’t be the first time where I put the seat on backwards and not understand why the pedals don’t screw in as expected. :slight_smile:

Not a stupid opening question but a very sensible one, because the right tools are part of the cost of getting into the sport. No one wants to wait for delivery of a unicycle only to find they need to buy tools to assemble it.

Everyone with a bike or unicycle could do with a tool box containing a pedal spanner (US = wrench) and a decent set of Allen keys (do you call these hex wrenches?). A small (1/4 inch drive) socket set is also useful, and a selection of screwdrivers, mainly cross point. In the UK, Pozidriv is more common than Phillips, but this may vary in other countries. I believe Canada uses Robertson square tipped screwdrivers.)

Later you’ll need things like crank extractors and spoke keys, and of course tyre (US = tire) levers (US = levers, but pronounced differently!:slight_smile: )

Most of the tools (screw drivers, Allen keys, small socket set) have many uses outside of cycling, so you should buy decent quality. I also have a small Park Tool torque wrench capable of taking small Allen key bits; it’s nice to have but not essential.

There is nothing on a unicycle that is complicated, so it’s a really good starting point for developing your mechanical skills.

Air pump. In the UK, air pump.

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Make sure you don’t “over-torque” the screws that clamp the bracket on the wheel bearings. There are two screws for each side, and you want to try to keep them at same “tightness” and “gap”(between the joint). There is an actual torque value that is recommended, but I think you can just judge by feel. So, what is “too much torque” on the bearings?

When the bearings are “over compressed” it will press down against the shaft and affect the spin not to mention premature wear(notchy feeling during rotation). Just rotate the wheel and get a sense of for the “free spinning” condition as you are tightening the clamp bracket. You will notice immediately if something is a little off.

Not necessary, but it might be a good idea to use “blue” loctite to prevent the screws from moving. Also, make sure it’s not “too loose”. If so, you will feel clicks and vibration when you are riding, and eventually you will see extreme wear on the joined parts.

Enjoy your new uni-toy and be careful…

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LOL. I can see why you might think that. Most of us over here would call it a “bicycle pump” or “bike pump.” Yes, I know it makes no sense, on so many levels but that’s what we say. :slight_smile:

A torque handle is also a nice tool to have… (Sorry, already mentioned by Mikefule)