Preface: I tend to overthink things to the point of paralysis when it’s something I am excited about. Also, I would have searched the forums about this if I could have figured how to phrase the search.
I learned on, and still ride, a 20" Torker CX. I acquired a 29" uni that is fun to ride. At present, these feel like two extremes around some elusive happy medium. The 20 feels like running on my tip-toes, and the 29 feels like taking six-foot strides for a walk around the block. The 20 feels too small by comparison to enjoy riding just for the sake of riding, and the 29 feels too big to actually be fun.
If I had gone from 20 to 36, I would likely have similar complaints, and would be thinking of the 29 as a happy medium, and jumping on the 29 after some time on a 36 would probably feel like an amazing compromise of stability, agility, and versatility, but I didn’t go to a 36, and so the 29 feels like I am beyond my capabilities. A 26 sounds like a nice compromise.
Is it all relative? I imagine if I rode a 26 tomorrow, I would be immensely pleased with the experience, relegating the 29 to a hook on the wall and filing the experience, to my detriment, as being just too much for me. It’s the knowledge that the appeal of the 26 right now is relative to the 29, and that the 29 holds a similar relationship to the 36 that makes me hesitate.
I am also aware that I have only been riding at all for a couple months, and that the 29er will grow on me as I continue to ride. I guess my question is how do I get that “amazing compromise” feeling about my 29er without going out and buying a 36 just to make me appreciate the 29 more? Or is it, like everything else unicycle, just a matter of time in the saddle?
I am completely open minded about this. Does anybody have a thought to share? I am happy to elaborate on anything I have not made clear.