I’m a 41 year old female Sydneysider, 165cm tall, 62kg.
This is my first big post here and I’m after your thoughts.
A bit of background. Feel free to skip over it…
I started riding last September after finding out there is a local unicycling club near my work at the time (Parramatta).
Soon after learning to ride though, I changed jobs and so my work is no longer near the unicycling club (note that my old workplace moved a couple of months later anyway so I wouldn’t be working near there anyway regardless of the job change). I played a couple games of unicycle hockey with the club; I was no good at it at all but I was only a beginner so it was ok.
I ride a 24” unicycle most days; I ride 1.5km to and from the local train station each day to go to work and I take the uni on the train with me to the office. There is a hill between home and the station.
My skills are limited, I dislike having to freemount in public, I’m only successful in mounting on the 24” about 1 in 3 times (maybe I have to try some other ways to mount), I turn ok to the left, I don’t turn so great to the right, I can’t idle. I can ride slowly (walking speed on a 20”). I rode down my first kerb a few days ago in public and executed it perfectly (there was no other easy option!), so I’m happy with that. I have tried riding, pausing, hopping and riding off, but I haven’t done it in public, only on my back balcony.
I gave a 20” cheapy unicycle to my neighbours a couple of months back and the 10 year old boy learnt to ride in 10 days and he got to my skill level (or better!) within 6 weeks.
Anyway, I own a 20” Aldi cheapy unicycle (that’s currently at my sister’s place so her daughter can learn), a 24” noname unicycle, a 26” noname unicycle and another 24” noname unicycle that is not fun to ride (seems like the wheel is very heavy and it doesn’t seem to ride straight?) I’m thinking about getting rid of the second 24” uni since I find it really hard to ride. The neighbour kid was also of the same option of how it was difficult to ride. (He is so talented, I’d lend him each of the unicycles and he’d be able to ride them all without any training).
The 26” unicycle doesn’t have a good seat; the plastic in the seat flexes a lot when I grip the handle and I feel that it may break at some time. It also had a loose crank but I sorted that out by turning the wheel around to face the other way and then swapping the sides of the left and right cranks, so based on that it appears that there is some asymmetry to the cotterless crank system on that uni. I guess the square shaped splines and crank holes are of different sizes for the left and right sides. As I said, it was a cheap second hand purchase (the guy I bought it from had tried but could not ride I so decided to sell it).
All of them were bought secondhand from Gumtree (Craigslist) quite cheaply.
My actual question that I’m seeking feedback for…
In a week’s time, I’m travelling through the US (LA, SF and Houston/ New Orleans) and going to Germany. All up, I’m overseas for 3 weeks.
I’m thinking perhaps I’d like to take the opportunity while travelling to buy a high quality unicycle. My airline allows 2x23kg of luggage on all my flights (I’m only taking a 80 litre backpack to travel with) so I’m actually thinking it feasible. The benefits of buying it overseas is that the choice of unis should be quite a lot larger than what can be found in Australia and it might be cheaper, plus there could be some tax refunds if I buy overseas? E.g. Good if the 19% German VAT is given back.
Then the next question would be, should I? I like the idea of the bigger wheel but I realise that the 24” for my riding to the station is perfect for my current purposes. It’s fairly lightweight, good to manoeuvre and I can take it on the train without bothering anybody, and it’s easy to take around the city.
I would potentially like a bigger wheel for longer distance riding, but without sacrificing manoeuverability and stability.
I’m not really going to be doing off road riding, though it would be nice to have a very sturdy uni.
Thoughts welcome! What do you suggest I do? I constantly lookout for 24” and larger unis on Gumtree in the Sydney area but they rarely come up. So this is why I’m thinking of buying while I’m on a holiday.