Hey guys, I just wanted a second opinion.
I have been reading a lot about unicycling and watching some videos, and I really want to get into it.
I am pretty sure I want a 24" uni, but if anyone has any interesting tidbits to share to sway me, I would love that.
I am only 13 so I don’t have an income and I won’t be able to afford something like a kris holm. I was browsing around and I thought that whatever knowledge that anyone has on this subject would be helpful for me, and all newbies alike.
The seat on that Hoppley looks really bad. It doesn’t even have a handle. And that makes a difference when you’re when are starting out. Toughening up down there and learning to sit without… ya know… squishing yourself is part of learning to ride. You don’t want to make that any more difficult than it already is.
I’ve ridden the Torker and the Club before, and they’re both good. I think you would be happy with either of them.
Found one more possible crazy cheap option.
It is by KAZE, which seems to be a furniture company…
I know I would probably need to replace the seat, maybe the cranks, but do y’all think it is worth it?
Right now I am leaning towards the torker.
Alright! The torker it is! thanks for all of the help, I will keep my eye out for a good price.
I injured my knee playing soccer so it will be a couple of weeks before I can start learning
Depending on the distance and the terrain you are about to ride either a 24" or a 26" will be fine (i have both now), but learning would be much easier with 20". I used the 20" to get some fresh bread in the morning from the bakery a few blocks down the street, now i use it to ride from the car to the trainstation and from the subway to my workplace sometimes.
Soon after we started learning to ride the unicycle we bought a 24" (when we bought a new saddle for the 20"), so we tried to ride both before we where able to freemount or ride free with the 20". Without the help of my partner i would’nt have made that much progress on the 24" in the same time. Once you’ve mastered the basic skills on a 20" you can easily adopt to 24".
Learning on the 26 is not recomended, even the 24 would be more challenging than a 20.
The LX 26 has 170 cranks. Kind of long and I bet you’d have to cut the neck of the frame to fit.
Unless they’ve changed the specks on the Club, it has 125 steel cranks, fine for cruising, but a little short for learning IMO.
At you’re height, you still may need to cut the neck on a 24. The LX comes w/150 cranks, better for learning, light Muni but long for speed, and not too strong (one of mine bent a bit from a UPD, still ridable though).
I’d get a 24 + some quality shorter aluminum cranks
The smallest cranks I’ve tried on my 20 was 89 mm, but anything shorter than 114 ended up being slower overal from less controll.
My 24 is a Muni and it only has 150 and 170 cranks. My 26 LX is still newish and never had anything on it other than the stock 170’s.
My prob w/ the 20 and cranks 102 or less I’d end up haveing to pause to reagain my balance a lot. A bigger wheel will have more inertia and not start/stop so easily, so the paticular prob I had on the 20 would be less to non existant. Some experienced riders like to ride w/ 102 cranks on their 36ers on flat roads and some freestyle riders like 89mm cranks.
I will confess, I have not played around with Torkers much, that was until this past weekend when I took apart my son’s 2010 Torker Trial (isis). What can I say, they are heavy, poor quality of workmanship, overbuilt in some places, underbuilt in others.
In all seriousness, you should get a Nimbus. Not only will you get a better product, but you will get better customer support. UDC builds and sells NImbus, it is their brand, the Torkers are sold all over by retailers who focus on bikes. Notice that you can get Torkers on Ebay, but rarely can you get Nimbus or KH, there’s a reason…
So, one past noobie to a current noobie: Get a good uni and practice until you get it.
I was going to say “yes you should learn on a smaller wheel”, but what do I know? If you work hard at it, you’ll probably get it pretty quickly. It seems like younger riders have less trouble learning. Once you’re past the learning stage, 26" is a good size for cruising around.