Re: Ahead of myself and loving it…
>Actually, I have never ridden inside, except down dorm halls… which they don’t
>like too much.
So for tire replacement, you don’t have to worry if it’s a non-marking tire. The
harder (longer lasting) tires usually make marks. But with a lot of spinning
activity, any tire will wear out pretty fast.
>A thought just came to me, my tires are virtually bare already, after 5 months
>of riding. How long do tires usually last? And are there any really tough tires
>I could get? (24 inch)… most my riding is on pavement so it tears the treads
>right off. And a few new tricks I’m working on like pushing off poles into
>360’s leave my tire in pain.
Tires last depending on the type of riding you subject them to. My six footer
has a tire I put on it maybe 10 years ago. This is one of the old Schwinn
whitewalls, made of hard (marking) rubber. Most of the riding my six footer gets
is fairly brief, in shows, with lots of rocking. Ride nice and you won’t leave
marks with a giraffe like you will with a shorter uni. Even with all the
rocking, that tire has held up real nice because my giraffe has a 27:26 gear
ratio or something like that, keeping the tire evenly rotated.
On my freestyle uni, there was a period when I was going thru tires every
two weeks or so. These were cheap white tires, and I was practicing hard
for competition (obviously a long time ago, back before I had access to
indoor riding surfaces). All the spinning and grinding on outdoor pavement
eats the tire up.
If you like lots of spinning action and sharp turns, you have a choice of using
cheap tires and changing them more often, or shooting for a higher-end tire and
still replacing them, but less often. Unfortunately there aren’t many choices
out there in 24" tires, so you sometimes have to take what you can get.
If you like white tires, The Unicycle Factory has a 24" white tire that I use on
my Miyata. It’s got a mild knobby tread, and is equally good for the track, the
obstacle course, or the trails. I highly recommend you order a few of those.
Also they’re cheap ($15?), and Tom has a huge inventory of them that he once
custom-ordered for all of us, but not so many people knew about it. Call Tommy
at (765) 452-2692.
Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone