Help a newbie

On the weekend I had my first experience trying to ride a unicycle, even though I wasn’t all that successful I had a blast and want to get my own. I started to look around on ebay and stuff and I realized I really have no clue what kind to get. I want some thing that is easy to learn on. I’m about 5’4" if that affects what I should be buying? I’ve searched the local bike shops and it doesn’t seem like they have any so I thought you guys here would probably be able to help me out a bit in what I should be looking for. Any tips at what to look for at all would be much appreciated! Thanks

I found this one on ebay. Would this be something good to begin on? I really have no clue hope you guys can help me a bit.

I would recommend the LX as a decent starter uni. It is stronger than the CX, and l less than the cost as that fancied up CX. Look here: torker-lx_W0QQ_nkwZtorkerQ20lx for sale | eBay

A small wheeled unicycle would probably be easiest to start to learn with (16"-20"), but if you know what type of riding you want to do, trials, street, flatland, muni or road (all the disciplines I can think of at the momment) you’ll save yourself some money if you get the right type first instead of buying a beginner unicycle and then a more specific type.

This guide may help you:
http://www.unicycle.uk.com/FAQ.asp?iCategory=32

and

http://www.unicycle.com/Education.asp

I personally favour a trials unicycle, which usually have nice wide tyres, which tends to make sideways balancing easier. I found trials unis good for learning on and you can also do flatland and street on them.

Hope that’s some help, if you’ve got anymore questions then ask, congratulations on choosing unicycling! :slight_smile:

+1…Torker LX is about the best learner uni out there. I would recomend the 20" for learning…but the 24 is also very fun.

one comment, the CX has a stronger wheelset than the LX, but the LX has beter everything else.
the cx seat sucks…you would need to replace it.

just get the LX, unless you want to save your money up for a really serious uni like the DX, Qu-ax, Kris Holm, or Koxx one. starting around 230 including shipping up to forever.

Thanks for the replys everyone! I think I will get a 20" LX, I’m excited to get my own.

Good luck!

And can anyone tell me why a 20" is easier for learning? Just wondering, since I am attempting to learn on a 20 and it feels so small to me. I hate to say it, but I feel like a clown.:stuck_out_tongue:

I would advise a 24

For someone on a small budget, who won’t buy more unis soon. A 20 is to slow, a 24 is way more fun to explore town on.
I learned on a 20, and you can only learn once. I can’t say it would be just as easy on a 24. Who knows ? I have a KH 20 and 24. I use the 24 all the time. The 20 only to idle while a watch movies. I consider the 20 an experts tool. Kind of boring for a new rider. Great to have around, and it rules in the yard. I fear a lot of beginners may grow bored with uni riding if all they have is a 20. If I could only have one (shudder,gasp, choke:( ), I’d go with the 24. But really, all the sizes have their place. I plan to get good enough to really use the 20 eventually. Right now the 24 and 36 are the only ones that ever leave the yard.

My first uni was a 24’’ and it’s the perfect size to learn on I think. The 24’’ LX is my recomendation.

I just don’t want to make it any harder for myself. It’s hard enough already as it is. A friend went from 20 to 26 while learning, and it seemed to help him learn.

go for a uni like an lx 20 its a good one i started out on that its good for almost anything as long as its not to big (meaning trials and street) try this link below

http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=634

u will use it for a long time!!!

The LX is a great learner.

Depending what you want to end up doing w/ it should determine which size to get.

20 - easier to learn, freestyle, light trials

24 - a bit harder to lern, most freestyle tricks harder, faster, better for light muni.

24 is the most versitile size. Don’t worry too much about getting the perfect size. Eventually you’l have several, like the rest of us:D

Say you want to get into street/trials/muni. The rout to end up w/ the best is to start w/ a LX then get the best uni for the disipline that you can afford. You spend less initially, more in the end, end up w/ the best, and have a second uni to loan out.

Option 2 is to get a Nimbus II then when you start to break cranks an hubs, get a splined wheelset. You spend more initially, less in the end, and get 1 1/2 unis.

Before ugrading your uni or getting a splined one, avoid all drops. Focus on freestyle, technical trials and Muni w/ lots of hill climbing (a skill to be learned, not just strength)

The LX is a great learner.

Depending what you want to end up doing w/ it should determine which size to get.

20 - easier to learn, freestyle, light trials

24 - a bit harder to lern, most freestyle tricks harder, faster, better for light muni.

24 is the most versitile size. Don’t worry too much about getting the perfect size. Eventually you’l have several, like the rest of us:D

Say you want to get into street/trials/muni. The rout to end up w/ the best is to start w/ a LX then get the best uni for the disipline that you can afford. You spend less initially, more in the end, end up w/ the best, and have a second uni to loan out.

Option 2 is to get a Nimbus II then when you start to break cranks an hubs, get a splined wheelset. You spend more initially, less in the end, and get 1 1/2 unis.

Before ugrading your uni or getting a splined one, avoid all drops. Focus on freestyle, technical trials and Muni w/ lots of hill climbing (a skill to be learned, not just strength)

<opinion>There is no such thing as the perfect one unicycle.</opinion> Start out on an inexpensive model and move on from there. That’s how many of us end up with 4 or 5 (or 7) unicycles.

True but there is a better set-up for each specific purpose.

I started out w/ a DX. I should have started w/ something like the LX, saved my money and got something like a KH when I started breaking parts. That’s my opinion.

My 2 cents, I learned on a 24" piece of junk then a 24" KH. The narrow tire (1.2") on the junker and the wide rubber (3") of the KH made a HUGE difference. The junker got me to the point that I could ride, the KH made me ride well.