I have always wanted to get a BC wheel, just kind of as a fun thing, and still ride my uni mainly. I have a 20’’ LX with a bent crank and probably axle. Now, I intended to save up and get a DX or a KH 20", but after watching a few BC vids on unicycle TV, I’m wondering how hard it would be to ride one. I was looking at eh cheap one on udc a while back, but if I got one of those, I would probably end up breaking it. But, before I make up my mind to get one, i want to know how hard it is to learn to ride one fairly well. I don’t want to get a expensive one from bedford and then decide I don’t like it or something.
And assuming that I would like it, should I get the basic one for 150$ or should i get the Pro Platforms, or the pro street platforms? What is the difference anyway?
well ive ridden uni for 10 mos, and i built a crappy 12" homemade BC a month ago, and it was pretty damn hard! i suppose within 3 days i could go 15-20 ft down a gentle slope on a decent run. the axle bent fast and it hardly goes anymore. sorry, cant reccommend any commercial BCs.
I don’t mind practice. It took me about 5 days to learn to ride a uni 50m. That’s what most people don’t realize, learning to ride a uni is about as hard as learning to ride a bike. It takes a few days, but once you learn it’s easy. Does the same apply to BC wheeling? I don’t mind practicing a few weeks before I get it, but I don’t want it to be something that I make very little progress and get frustrated easily.
yeah, when you already uni, BC is comparatively a piece of cake.
however, you MUST wear shin guards, or at least a pair of tall socks.
i tried without them at first and burned my legs so baaaaaad. it stayed red for a week.
BCing looks schweet. Im so getting a Bedford BC when I get my paycheque and when the new bedford plates that are lower come out. Bedford makes just about the best BCs there are. Evan Byrne also makes plates, but you would need to make your own wheel. There are a few other sources for BCs, but I recomend bedford. I have ridden them (well, not for long, or very far) before and they are solid.
Lets wait for Spencer to come in and promote Bedford too
An ace bandage around your leg works really well for BCing because it saves your pants/shin guards/ leg from getting torn up by the tire. Ace bandages are cheap so it doesn’t matter when they get torn up. I used to just stock up and buy a bunch of them for $1 each.
Allright, I think I am probably going to buy a Bedford, but which one should I get? And what is the difference between the basic 20" and the 20" with Pro Platforms, the 20" Street with Pro Platforms, and the Trials with Pro Platforms? what is the limits of all of them?
Would the inavailability of a skatepark nearby be a problem?