First timer, overweight, want to find a uni

Also, sorry for the double post. I didn’t see an edit button anywhere. But I don’t have really long legs. I think they were a little over 3.5’ at the HIP, not the inseam. I have a bigger torso than legs. I don’t know if that changes things with the needing a tall seat post or not. :slight_smile:

Yeah, I’m an oddly proportioned guy. I don’t look as big as I am (I’m still pretty big though) because of my height. But I don’t think I have average legs. :stuck_out_tongue:

It is usually cheaper to buy a complete uni than to build one. A new DX is going to be in the $300 range, and it puts it squarely in the range of a Nimbus. If I couldn’t find a used DX for much less I would go with a new Nimbus. For $250 you can pick up a new Nimbus 2 freestyle uni with ISIS cranks. It’s pretty much the best deal for a rock solid uni. And it has all of the suggestions Killian made regarding strong parts to handle the extra weight.

The trick is going to be finding a higher volume tire that can handle a bit more pressure. If you can get one that has a Hookworm 24x2.5 tire you should be in good shape. The current stock at UDC ( has Kenda tires that are narrower. If you need to you can pick up a Kenda K-Rad 24x2.3 that goes up to 65psi.

I see that UDC is out of stock of the black model, but this one is the one you’re saying would be best if I couldn’t find a cheap DX?

Does anyone else want to verify that this is a good choice? I’m not saying I don’t trust you, but I don’t know enough about unis to know which is best. This is the whole reason I joined the site. :slight_smile:

Once again, thank you all for your help! I couldn’t do this without you guys. <3

I come from a similar background and yes you can and yes it’s fun. As others have said it’s often cheaper to get a whole one, but even then you can start swapping parts around as soon as you get it. Whatever it costs, it’s still a cheap hobby, and the entertainment value might count for something. My second unicycle was a Nimbus 26" Muni from the classified forum here and I’ve built bits of that one into three different unicycles. They’re like Legos.

A 175 lb rider landing a 2g drop puts the same load on it as you would just riding along. I’m sure you’ll be fine as long as you stick with gear designed for hard duty.

A 24 x 2.4" CST Cyclops is something like $12 from Niagara. I have that on my 24" now and and it’s Hookworm-ish. (same company, different brand)

I would vote against buying a 20" trials uni because at 6’4" and 350 lbs, that size unicycle will be awfully small for your frame. I’m only 140 lbs and 5’9" and riding a 20" trials uni on the street feels like I am go nowhere fast. It’s fine for actually doing trials, but for learning to ride and moderate distances I would go with something bigger.

Is there anything out there that’s cheaper than $250? That seems to be the cheapest option for the best gear that will support me. I’ll probably go with the DX because I might be able to get it for ~$60 cheaper than the Nimbus 2. Unless any of you think that it’s absolutely worth the extra $60.

Anything below that price range is most likely going to be junk status (unless it’s something on sale, or a clearance of old stock)

In your first post you said light workout. Depending on what you do, it CAN be a light workout. But in most disciplines, and especially while learning, you will get tired very quickly, as anyone learning does. Unicycling uses a lot of strange muscle groups that most people are not used to, and when learning, you don’t know how to conserve energy through proper speed regulation. Also you are falling and getting back on a lot, which uses a lot of energy as well.

Point is, don’t get discouraged at first if you find it hard to practice for even a few minutes. Make sure to wear protective gear, an injury while learning can really put people off and discourage them from riding.

Good luck! Always remember, you’re not balancing on top of the unicycle, you’re just regulating the speed of the wheel so it stays under you!

First let me apologize for the over-zealous responses of my fellow unicyclists. They sometimes lose sight of the fact that people want to just learn how to ride a unicycle and not specialize in one area with expensive custom equipment. You don’t need a trials unicycle or a MUni or a unicycle with all kinds of reinforcement or high-tech parts. Unicycles are strong if you’re just riding along and falling off while learning. You may not even like unicycling so why sink a bunch of cash into a Ferrari or a tractor when you just need a Ford Escort.

The 24" United trainer (now I think just called the Trainer) is fine for learning. Something similar to it is also fine for learning. Any of the Torkers or Suns or Zephyrs or variants are OK. The only musts are a pneumatic tire and cotterless cranks. Main cap bearings are a plus but lollipop bearings are even OK for a learner. Those single wall steel rims are fine for a first unicycle and strong enough to hold your weight. My brother in law was over 300 pounds when he picked up a 24" United to get some exercise. That unicycle is still with him.

This will be the biggest thing and the hardest for me to remember. Thanks. :slight_smile:

Would you have a recommendation for a cheaper beginners’ uni that will support me? I was looking at the Torker LX and CX models, but they’re so cheap, so idk. I would think the main thing that matters is the tire, no?

As I wrote:

As I wrote:

J, I support your your plan to use this as a form of excercise, I have had my Nimbus 24 for 6 months and I have lost 35 lbs as a newbie. (6’ tall and 235) I am still eating things I should not but Unicycling is such a challenge that gives your goals to achieve and small progress, that makes you feel very gratified.

Make sure you always wear your protective gear and don’t give up, just stay close to the forum and all the support you need is here.

I have a great riding partner that is very experienced with lots of patience.

People think we are CRAZY on our home hill, but the Mountain bikers think we are Kings.

Nimbus are very strong, Mine is holding up fine.


I think this is the one Greg is talking about: 24" Trainer on UDC

My inclination is also to say get a cheapo uni at first. That’s what I did, but I’m only about 150 lbs so I’m not sure if that’s the best advice for you. I started dropping a bunch of real money on unicycles after I figured out how to ride.

Hmm. I think I’ll go with the Torker DX (It’s only like $20 more than the training one mentioned above). Then I can just get new parts for it after time, if I ever need to upgrade. Thanks for all the help guys. I really do appreciate it. Now I need to find some protection gear. Do you know of any popular retailers that sell reputable gear? I would imagine that any store that sells sports gear would have them, no? It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done anything I needed pads for.

Harper is a smart guy.

A Nimbus II of a Torker DX would be good long term investments but any learner would do for the basics.

Personally I would grab that used DX. Used is almost always better value than new (unless it’s trashed, but it sounds like it is in good nick).

Done and done. Picked up that DX. Got it for $180 and it comes with the stand. Now I need to pick up some protection gear and I’ll be good to go for the new year!

It’s the biggest tip I can give people trying to learn. I believe that learning to ride unicycle is less of a physical learning process, and more of a mental one. Your mind has to wrap itself around the concept that you’re not balancing on top of it, as you’ve probably thought since the first time you saw someone ride one.

I had one friend who had never ridden a uni before. He asked to play around with my learner, so I watched him for a few minutes and he did finally learn how to mount, but he couldn’t go anywhere. Once I told him to concentrate on regulating the speed of the wheel he almost instantly was riding off and around!

Some people will always pick it up quicker though, he was a VERY fast learner. Just try to keep the idea in your head as you’re making attempts.

Sure thing! I like learning new things, and I’m actually taking this on just after learning how to juggle (I probably will never do both at the same time). After this, it’s either antique watch repair or biking. I want to build a nice bike. :slight_smile:

Welcome to the forum Jorgomli

Let us know how you get on with your uni riding. Have you read this thread
There are loads of super tips in there and some great stories.

Ah, ha!
Wrong link, try this one…