Are there any older women in this sport? I am very new. I will be 50 this year and tried my daughter’s boyfriend’s unicycle last weekend. I played on it for a couple of hours and all I can do is go straight down the street. No turning and no going backwards. I’m sure my face shows such concentration that I look constipated LOL. Anyway, I’m wondering if I’m too old to get into this? I think I would enjoy it, but as much as jumping and all that looks fun I’m afraid I might break. Perhaps I’m a fish out of water.
So my question is where are all the older women?
Advice on a first unicycle? Should I get the Nimbus II? I do love mountain biking–climbing but not very technical trails. Is the Nimbus too overkill for not being very aggressive? Thanks.
Not only are you not too old, there is a community of unicyclists, several around your age, in the Bay area for you to ride with! If you get interested in MUni (trail riding) or road riding. Or basketball, which is played weekly in Berkeley.
I’m a woman! I’m 39. I’ve been at it now for just over 2 weeks. I can go down the entire length of sports authority now, about 90 feet. I need to learn to turn now as I just finished the entire length of the sidewalk. I’m getting a KH20. But I want to do flat, street except grinds and jumping lots of stairs, mild muni, trials except large drops, and just riding. I’m only 5’1" so 20" uni will be it for me. Most people seem to go 24" for muni and larger ones for distance too.
I would just ride and see where you go. Now that I’m older, things break and healing takes longer so I have my limits now. Like I cant fall over 5’, dont do rails and such where falling cant be controlled, etc. I also always wear pads now. I recommend knee pads and wrist guards at least.
Nimbus is a good all around uni but how tall are you first? If you are really tall, I would consider a bigger uni then 20".
I am 5’1" with an inseam of 28" so thats why I am limited to a 20". The lowest of a 24" is about 28" so you would be OK. I think most people here agree that a 20" is easier to learn on unless you are like 6’ tall. I will let others comment as I’m a newbie just working on getting good enough to uni to work and back for now. :D:D:D:D I think the fat tire is nice as it rolls easily over rocks and twigs and all. I have a skinny tire for now. Anything is good to start on. You could look for a 20" torker used to start on and resell it later when you know what you want to do and need.
Not many older women here, but indeed there are some. If you played for a couple of hours and already can go straight down the street, that’s fast learning!
Why would you be too old to get into this? Not at all! Younger people jump more than us older ones, although Terry (mentioned in one of the responses above) is an avid jumper.
After some more practice, you could climb the same trails on a unicycle that you now do on a mountainbike. For best results on rough and slippery terrain you need a fat knobbly tire. For climbing I would recommend 24 x 3", and 150 or 165 mm cranks. 20" wheels are somewhat easier to learn on, but apparently you passed that initial stage already. And 20" is not a very good size for MUni (Mountain Unicycling), it’s too small and gets too easily stuck in uneven terrain.
If you’re not ‘aggressive’, you probably could get away with a cotterless hub (as opposed to splined), but that depends also on your weight. Splined hubs are generally stronger.
Thanks for all the replies. I think I’m going to go with the Nimbus II 24 inch with the 145mm crank arm. Before I make the order does anyone have other suggestions about crank arm length or seat options or anything?
I have the Nimbus with 125 mm cranks. I like the combination for riding on the street, and the hookworm tire is great.
I would suggest getting the 145 cranks to learn on and consider switching to 145 cranks after you get used to it (if you are mainly riding on streets). If you get into Muni the 145 cranks should be fine. You will need a knobby tire for Muni, but do not worry about it now.