I bought a 24" Nimbus II at the start of this summer, learned on it, loved it, got frustrated at the speed and then jumped up to the KH 29 a month and a half later. I gave the Nimbus to some friends at work who want to learn to ride.
I’m probably not the typical enthusiast, since I have no desire to do tricks, and my aim from the start has been to use the one-wheel as actual transportation. Eventually, I’d like to see if I can move up to a 36, but I’m having so much fun on the 29 that I think I’ll stick with this one until I master all the skills I’ll need for any traffic situation (hopping curbs, extended idling, etc.). :o
Yup, it was a cheap quality unicycle. But I didn’t know that at the time
There are much better quality ones for sale for £30, instead I paid £60 for it.
I got it from a b*ke shop, I didn’t know enough about what I was about to buy, and they hadn’t got a clue what they were selling. They were asking £100, but I only had £60 in my purse.
Still, I learnt to ride on it, so will always have good memories
425 days: both are Torker 20CX machines. Over time, I replaced everything on the original except for the frame. Recently I bent the rim on the first one, then bought a Craig’s list “spare” uni to cannibalize its wheel. Hope to own a better quality machine one day.
One week for number two, another month for number three, but to be fair, there were two of us riding. My son went to capmp for a week, I learned to ride a Sun 20, then when he got back I ordered a Nimbus 24 muni, then a couple weeks later I got a Nimbus 26 muni so we’d both have munis.
This is a good new thread. I don’t remember anyone ever asking that question before.
I was waiting to hear from MuniAddict, as I knew his gap would be a long one! Not so much for me:
Feb. 1980: Schwinn Giraffe
(I already knew how to ride but hadn’t bought my own yet. Started with a giraffe to match the guy I was riding with at the time)
April/May(?) 1980: 24" Concord (Japanese cottered uni)
April/May(?) 1980: 24" Schwinn (also cottered)
Sometime during 1980 I also talked the owner of a Schwinn 20" that I’d used for learning to ride to sell it to me.
January(?) 1981: 24" Miyata
2012: About 41 unicycles
Took me 11 years to get my second unicycle. I started in 1977 on a 20" (no brand name) at age 9. In 1989 my Dad sent me to college (where I was affectionately known as the unicycle guy) with a 24" Schwinn which I rode for 2 years until it broke and I did not have the money to buy another. Jump forward to 2008 (sprinkle in 30 years of mountain biking) teaching my own kids to bicycle lead me to order a 24" Nimbus MUni which I quickly (as soon as I figured out I could still ride the darn thing) sold to fund a 36" Nimbus Impulse. My primary discipline became touring long distances and I eventually bought a Schlumpf hub and a KH36 with Magura a HS33 rim brake but I missed my disc brake so badly I waited for the Oracle (almost bit at the Oregon) before I got into MUni. My most recent purchase was a June 2012 KH29. I now own 3 unicycles not counting the 16" and 20" for the kids.
You don’t want to know how many pictures of unicycles I have.
Yes, about 41. Some I’ve never even ridden. Some I would never want to ride (like the one I originally tried to learn on, and some garage sale specials people have brought to me). I have a pink 20" with a factory kickstand, from Japan, that still has the Japanese “Woods” valve, so I can’t pump it up. I have a handmade 5’ giraffe that I bought with a bad tire; haven’t been on that one either. In fact, I also have a “backup” Schwinn Giraffe, which was purchased in pieces, and needs a complete overhaul before it can be ridden.
Others are in pieces, like my old “Excessory” Cycle, that I built in 1981 on a 24" Schwinn, using every bike accessory I could get my hands on. Someday I will restore it and put it all back together.
My 9’ Giraffe is disassembled and painted with primer; the beginning of an art project that was suppsed to end with it hanging in the corner of our living room, artfully painted to match the rest of the room. Got to finish that project someday…
Ten days for me until I bought a 26" Nimbus muni. That was the first chance the seller and I had to meet up and transact the deal. It was two or three days from my first time riding until I agreed to buy it. Nothing was wrong with my first one and I still ride that one a lot, but I wanted to see what another one was like. It was three months before I tried to ride it, and I bought and started riding a third one in the interim.