How can I convince my parents to let me buy a $400 unicycle?

if you haven’t bent your cranks yet, do repeated drops that are big until you’ve bent the cranks or preferably twisted the axle. Ask your mom or dad to take you to the bike shop and have the guy look at it. If he tells you that you need to replace some parts start looking through the catalog that they have at the shop. And tell them at this point you may as well get a new wheelbuild because you want to go splined for stronger. then tell them that if you do that you would have to go and buy a new frame to fit a trials tire and a new seatpost diameter. Then tell them that all that would be 300$ (even though it might not be) and that you could buy a torker dx for 50 bucks cheaper. foolproof.

i think you are missing the point gordito8me, his parents dont want him to spend that much on a unicycle. Even if it for repairs.

Just go and do it, what are they going to do, disown you? there will be an argument, it will last an hour or two, a few days at the most and then everything will be back to normal. There parents, they love you, they can’t stay mad at you forever.

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In defense of the cost: Buy cheap, buy twice. I’m sure you’re parents and every one of us has purchased a cheaper less expensive item (assuming lower quality) in order to save money. In the end it breaks, and you have to buy again.

In defense of the sport: Unicycling is a healthy habit and sport that teaches/promotes discipline, balance, and strength.

Just have your parents read this forum and we can all post how much we have spent on our Uni’s :roll_eyes:

Yeah, I think the first person they come across who has spent $1000 on their uni will be enough.

i have spent, umm about $1300 on unicycles.

and i still have a great perental relationship :slight_smile:

unless i am naughty

WOW $1300 alone could buy you a Schlumpf :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: . I have spent at least $1500 on unicycles considering the fact i have a coker (modified) 2 torkers (1 LX, 1 DX) and a homemade 42" BC.

unicycling saves money

i have saved aproximately $400 on gas by unicycling to school instead of driving. when compared with the costs of running a veicle a unicycle will pay for itself in a mater of months. just think of the money you will be saving your parents :wink:

First of all, wasting $400 on a unicycle is better than a bike because…

  • You ]DON’T[/U] have to be on the road to ride it.
  • When you stack it, a majority of the time you will land on your feet. What are the chances of you landing on your feet if you stack it on a BMX or MTB?
  • Your always pedalling on a unicycle so you’re getting decent exercise.
  • It will improve your concentration, ability and balance as time passes.

The way i see it you have 3 options.

  1. You could buy a crappy car for $400 and make your parents fork out the $$ maintaining it.
  2. Buy a MTB/BMX that is worth more than the uni that you want
  3. Buy a unicycle :smiley: :smiley:

Take care and i hope this helps
Hazmat

First of all, spending $400 on a unicycle is better than a bike etc because…

  • You DON’T have to be on the road to ride it.
  • When you stack it, a majority of the time you will land on your feet. What are the chances of you landing on your feet if you stack it on a BMX or MTB?
  • Your always pedalling on a unicycle so you’re getting decent exercise.
  • It will improve your concentration, ability and balance as time passes.

The way i see it you have 3 options.

  1. You could buy a crappy car for $400 and make your parents fork out the $$ maintaining it.
  2. Buy a MTB/BMX that is worth more than the uni that you want
  3. Buy a unicycle :smiley: :smiley:

Take care and i hope this helps
Hazmat

Thing #10: Ask your parents why they have to buy a $25,000 car new instead of going to the junkyard and getting a $400 car that needs a bunch of parts replaced to get it to work.

PICS!!! woah…

It’s still a work in progress, sorry to confuse you. :wink: :wink:

lighter wheelset, extreamly thin tube, when i weighed it i had plastik platform peadles on it, i have a really short seat post, and my miyata saddle (which are lighter than kh anyways) has been converted to an air saddle;)

$1300 bought me my original learner uni, a nimbus trials, a KH 07 trials, 661 leg armour, 661 gloves, new pedals of some description and a $60 hang of back of car to put uni’s on thing.

How much was the DX to ship to Australia?

near april I’m gona smash my hub to prove I need a KH hub! :slight_smile:

get a quax or a torker dx theyre probly better second uni choices and the quax is stronger than the devil both of these unis can be found on unicycle.com in the trials section

Just do it!

When I was growing up I had really strict parents. I used to buy stuf and hide it so that they would not get pissed off with me. My brother wanted an off road motorcycle and my parents would not hear hear of it. Well on eday he just rode home on one, drove right up the front porch steps and parked it right there in my parents faces! Since then I too have learnt that if you want to do something just do it. Don’t ask.

Unicorn

Welcome bedrosianpeter! It sounds like you are interested in maintaining a good relationship with your parents, so many of the suggestions above might be a little rash. To be more helpful, we would need to know a little bit more about why your parents don’t want you to spend your own money on a unicycle. Is it too much to spend at once? Is it too high a percentage of the total you have saved? Or is this money supposed to be for other things (like college)?

If you’re supposed to be saving up for other things, the best way to get your planned purchase “approved” is to earn some more money. Pressure wash UniBrier’s fence. Do you guys live in the same country? That would help. :slight_smile:

Actually they might, and they have some amount of right to do so for two reasons. You are a minor, and you live in their house (presumably without paying any rent). So they can have rules. So that goes back to the question of “why.”

This can be your approach if nobody’s suggestions work. Or you can create a pricelist, of the $200 unicycle and all the individual bits you’d need to add to make it similar to the Devil. Don’t skimp. Then it may make more sense to them.

Along the same lines, you might also ask them how much they think is a reasonable amount to spend on a unicycle you won’t have to keep buying again or replacing. If they don’t want to do the research you can help them. Then they’ll have to learn what a splined hub means, etc.

If you haven’t broken any axles yet, maybe you don’t need a Koxx Devil. That may be what they’re thinking. Breaking your current unicycle might be the easiest way to open them up. Get a written estimate from your local bike shop to buy a replacement hub, spokes, nipples and labor to build the new wheel. Then let your parents know this will happen again as long as you’re out getting healthy exercise with the wrong unicycle.

Maybe they don’t like the exercise part? You could spend less money. Ask your parents if it’s okay instead to buy meth at only $50 at a time. $50 isn’t too much, is it? In other words, why discourage you from doing something that keeps you out of trouble and also gives you a rock-hard lower body?

Lastly, you can try printing out some of these pages, as examples of other unicycles you were looking at (and it shouldn’t matter to them if they’re Munis, Trials unis or something else):
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=101
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=102
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=99
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=748
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=996
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=951
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=583
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=626
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=104
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=799
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=961
And what I ride:
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=485