you are telling him to buy a new uni because he broke his pedal? Should I buy a new truck when I get a flat tire? Sure the sun might not be a top end unicycle but that doesn’t mean that he can’t learn on it.
All parts of a unicycle are replaceable. You can get new pedals at any bike shop.
The Sun is an ok uni, if you are light and just riding around. They seem the most popular choice in my neighborhood. Some of the kids have been riding one for years, and are quite good. I think if you weigh around 100 lbs, and you are not a trials rider, you should enjoy your Sun until you out grow it.
A good seat will be kinda pricey. I like KH seats, the street model will be a real improvement. Money on a seat, or pedals, is money well spent. You can move the good seat to the next uni you buy, which unless you buy top of the line, is sure to come with a crappy seat.
You can get any parts you want, you just need to know where to look. While it is true that a new, stronger uni is easier than constant upgrading, I don’t think you need a new unicycle. You can get new pedals from walmart or kmart for under $10. I usually go to Kmart and get the bell plastic comp. pedals for $6 per pair. They are quite grippy for just being plastic and are pretty durable.
Seats are personal preference more than anything. Some people like a flatter seat, some like a more curved seat. The best seats I have found for the money is the Koxx One red and black seat and the nimbus gel seat (I have one of each).
They’re both significantly softer to ride on than what comes with a sun uni (I switched the seat on my sun uni very early on). You can get the Koxx One seat at www.renegadejuggling.com and you can get the nimbus gel seat for $40 at www.unicycle.com .
If there’s any other questions you have just post them. Everyone here is really good about trying to find answers for newbies. This forum is how I found out what I needed to know.
Yeah too bad some of the most expensive unicycles like Koxx-one, ONZA and Schulmpf, are European. And money for unicycles for teenagers is a lot harder to raise than people with an actual career and salary.
ON TOPIC: I don’t think you should switch uni’s just yet, I still ride my Sun learner for fun all the time (except the seat is brutally mean, I’m planning on putting a Kris Holm saddle on my Torker DX and moving the DX seat onto my Sun.) I would say eventually switch to a better, more specialized uni, but for now get a new pedal from a bike shop or UDC and enjoy the Sun.
yeah…there are a lot of spoiled punks…but not all Americans are. i only get b-day and x-mas gifts from my rents…everything else is on me, i bought everything for my trials uni, all my bmx stuff, and all my filming gear, and soon i am buying my own truck…all from my minimum wage job. it may be hard to save the money, but if you have the love for the sport you will find a way
UDC has prob the most parts, and yur sun is fine 4 now, but if you get serious about a specific area of riding you will want to upgrade soon