Temp: -19C (-4F) (I was plenty warm, except for my feet.)
Wind: SE 5 mph
Distance: about 12km (7.5 miles)
Road Conditions: Dry, moderately hilly road, light bumpy ice/snow on shoulder.
I got my KH 29XC on Wednesday, but avoided taking it out as there was wet, salty roads from some small snow storms. Also the wife was on a business trip, so I was on 24 hour stay-at-home-dad duty. Finally, Saturday morning the wife was home, the road was dry, and I got my chance.
The only other uni I’ve ever ridden is my Torker 24LX, and it took me a couple tries to free-mount the 29. I didn’t succeed with a rollback mount, but was able to the static mount without too much trouble. It takes a moment longer to get the bigger wheel rolling, but it feels great once it’s moving.
I really enjoyed the buzz of the increased speed. Compared to my 24" it feels like high gear, with my legs able to exert much more power into the wheel. The turning was a bit more sluggish, sort like slo-mo, but not too hard.
The pedals have some pins, which is new for me. They make little foot adjustments a bit tricky, but feel very secure once the feet are “seated” correctly.
The new KH seat is very comfortable for me, once the boys are up in the right place. More comfortable than the Torker, which felt kinda pinchy after a long ride.
There’s one steep road hill on the loop I rode, and I’ve never made it to the top on my Torker. Today on the 29 I made it almost to the top before losing momentum and balance. I think I’ll make it the next time I try, and technique is the problem, rather than the shorter cranks/bigger wheel combo. The effective “gear” seems to be plenty good for climbing, I just need to get better.
This unicycle rocks! I’ll post again when I’ve had a chance to do some of the dirt trails around here, but damn, this is a nice ride!