I’m new to this. I want to buy my first unicycle. My question is: How do I choose the right size of unicycle? Is the difference in wheel diameter the deciding factor or is that a matter of preference? My inseam is 32", I’m 5’ 10" tall. Any recommendations as to manufacturer of a decent beginner’s make?
I would strongly suggest a Black Torker as the first uni. They’re inexpensive and good quality. As for size, I found it easier to learn on a 20" wheel, then I switched to a 24".
Black torker all the way. 20 or 24, I don’t think there is much of a difference in tearms of learning time. If anything, the 20 might be a little faster to learn on, but the 24 is much faster to ride.
You can learn on any unicycle. However, I strongly recommend a 20 as a first uni.
Later, you can “tune it” to suit your style of riding. A fat tyred 20 can be good for a bit of muni and cross country, is idea for trials, and a 20 is the best size for freestyle.
Also, if you decide to buy a second uni, then choosing one at the end of the spectrum (20 is the smallest common size) means that you can choose one noticeably different (e.g. a 28/29). If you buy a 24 first, a 20 is only a little bit smaller, and a 28 isn’t that much bigger, if you see what I mean.
Also, if the worst happens and you hate it, a 20 will be easier to sell.
So, I suggest, buy a 20 inch from a unicycle specialist, rather than a local bike shop. Later, upgrade it with shorter cranksa ndbetter pedals. Find out what you enjoy, the choose your next uni to suit your own tastes.
I see a few people recommending the black Torker, good choice. I’ve heard some things about the chrome Torker rusting or something of the sort (maybe someone who knows more could elaborate) so be sure to get black.
choose a good one
Thanks for the info. So a Black Torker it is. 20"
20" may be a little easier for the learning process, but your choice should be more based on what you want to do with the uni once you learn to ride it. For tricks and Trials, 20" is just right. But if you want to go places, you’ll want something bigger.
24" is a good all-around size, but still not the best if your main focus is getting from A to B.
For more background on what you might do with various unicycle types, check this out:
just dont get a savage…the seats are so uncomfy you won’t want to ride.
Re: How do I choose a unicycle?
> I’m new to this. I want to buy my first unicycle. My question is: How
> do I choose the right size of unicycle? Is the difference in wheel
> diameter the deciding factor or is that a matter of preference? My
> inseam is 32", I’m 5’ 10" tall. Any recommendations as to
> manufacturer of a decent beginner’s make?
Coker, Coker, Coker, Coker…
Just kidding, learning on a Coker is for crazy people.*
Learning goes fastest on a 20".
Re: Re: How do I choose a unicycle?
I agre with John the 20 is good for freestyle and trials but if you want to ride anywhere on it you want a 24 and the differance for learning is minimal.