I’ve been riding my 26" and 36" unicycles for a few years, but I never learned some of the foundational skills like hopping and idling.
My current unis are decked out with brakes, bars and spiky pedals for the sort of riding they usually see. Plus, I’m no longer a kid so I learn slowly and don’t want to get hurt. So I don’t have a lot of confidence trying new things on these wheels.
I’m considering picking up a 20" for learning this stuff but I’m a bit torn between a freestyle vs trials wheel. A freestyle is a bit cheaper, more tyre options and one day it can become a cruiser for my kids. On the other hand, a trials rim/tyre might inspire a bit more confidence while learning.
Whatever I get needs to be cheap, since I’m only going to use it for practice, and fairly rugged, ie ISIS cranks and double wall rim. If I go freestyle I would probably choose a Nimbus II. If trials then maybe the Nimbus “standard” trials. I like the gold rim but the saddle doesn’t look very comfortable.
Unfortunately the secondhand market is more-or-less nonexistent around these parts or that would be my first choice…