I have been lurking around here for close to a week now and thought I would start tracking my Unicycle journey here like I have seen a couple of others do. I have been really intrigued/inspired by
Finally Got Started…
A couple of weeks ago I went to the Circus with my Family and saw the guys riding Unicycles playing basketball. I immediately thought to myself “I want to learn to ride a unicycle” like I am sure every other 40+ year old man with back problems in the audience thought. When I told my wife about this she smiled and nodded, maybe because I have had hair brain ideas like this before. Then it really hit her on Friday (July 12th, 2013) when I woke her up before I left for work to let her know that I had found a unicycle on Craigslist and would be driving over to purchase it at lunch or after work.
So I drive over to purchase the unicycle and the first thing I think is “wow this looks small”. It seems to be in really good condition so I give over the $40 and off I go very very excited to give it a go. It turns out that it is a 16" Avenir unicycle.
I am 5’ 8.5" and weigh a little over 240lbs and I know nothing about unicycles except that the seat needs to go high enough that your leg is almost straight.
On Saturday the kids and wife were off doing different things and I was left alone with my new purchase and nothing but time. I watch a few YouTube tutorial and out into the garage I go. After about 5 or 6 20-30 minute sessions I notice that the right pedal is crooked. I had stripped the crank threads and would no longer be able to practice :(. The Uni felt small and awkward and I was only able to get 2 or 3 pedals before falling.
On Sunday I started doing some real research and found that at my height and size I should probably opt for a 20" or 24" Unicycle. After checking with the wife about how much I could invest in my latest obsession I ended up purchasing a Torker CX 24". Since Sunday and even more research I have learned that I probably should have ponied up the extra $20 or $30 for the LX but it is what it is. I just hope it doesn’t break before I learn how to ride and feel comfortable investing in a better Uni.
I had no idea that my two daughters would be so excited to try uni-cycling so I ordered new Cranks for the Avenir 16" and it is just the right size for my youngest daughter. My oldest is probably 3 Inches shorter than me with longer legs so we will share the 24" until I determine if she is serious. Then I may pick her up a 20" or 24" Craigslist special.
Ok this is turning into a book, I will try to wrap it up.
The Torker 24" came today. Wow is it a LOT higher than the 16" but seemingly easier to get on and feel balanced. I started off mounting on the grass and attempting to ride on the grass to get the feel for what falling off of it was going to be like before I tested it on the pavement. I then moved out onto the street and mounted near the basket ball pole that I have out front. Attempted several times in an hour or so to get moving. It is really scary. I was only able to make 1.5 rotations before UPD (all of them are unplanned at this time) but I felt a lot more balanced while on the 24"
That’s all for tonight. I hope to get some time each evening to practice.