I'm new

Hey everyone. So glad to have found a forum on this subject.

All I can do so far is ride in a straight line on my brother’s little shwinn. :smiley:

Bonnie

Welcome!! If you have any questions feel free to fire away. There’s a great deal of one-wheel knowledge to be found here:D :smiley:

Does your brother know how to ride it? Can he show you some ‘live’ tips? They sometimes work wonders compared to reading tips and techniques in the forums (to the new rider)

Welcome to the forums,

Tip 1:
Start saving a place in your house for your soon to be too large unicycle and unicycle accessories [in best Hank Hill voice] collection!

Tip 2: use the search feature on this forum, and try with the words: newbie, learning, tips, beginner (I bet the word ‘new’ would bring a lot of results dealing with new purchases)

Tip 3: search results inconclusive? Ask away!

Hey, thanks for the welcome :slight_smile:

My brother is two years younger than me (14), and just started riding a few months ago. He bought a giraffe a few weeks ago and now he rides it while he’s playing trombone. He’s good, but all I can do is just watch him. He just learned on his own.

I got a few feet while playing trumpet, but I’m not steady enough to play a song on it :smiley:

I’m looking for a uni of my own…so I think I will try some searches. Thanks for the tips :slight_smile:

Bonnie

welcome! wow, it seems like theres a ton of new people using the forum now. fantastic!

Re: I’m new

Hi guys…i am yet to buy my first uni cycle but the LBS has a couple
in stock and i was wondering what would be recommended in regards to
wheel size for a beginner? I have riden my mates 16" (i think thats what
it is) for about 30-40metres but cant start on my own without holding on
to something. The bike shop has a 16" and a 20"…and one of the tall
ones with a gear and chain on it.

Cheers

drewjc, I suggest you get a 20". What is your budget for buying a unicycle? You should sign up for the forums instead of being a guest.

Re: I’m new

In article <pbihc.15850$zf7.7451@fe02.usenetserver.com>,
drewjc <usenet-forum@cyclingforums.com> wrote:
)Hi guys…i am yet to buy my first uni cycle but the LBS has a couple
)in stock and i was wondering what would be recommended in regards to
)wheel size for a beginner? I have riden my mates 16" (i think thats what
)it is) for about 30-40metres but cant start on my own without holding on
)to something. The bike shop has a 16" and a 20"…and one of the tall
)ones with a gear and chain on it.

You definitely don’t want the 16" unless you’re a small child. Some
people would prefer a 24" to a 20"; the 24" will be faster and more
versatile, the 20" will be better for tricks and perhaps a little
easier to learn on.
-Tom

get the 20", if you are trying to decide between that and the 16". its a no brainer, trust me.

-grant

Get the one with the chain on it. It’s a lot more like your standard bicycle so you’ll be able to use some “crossover” skills to help you learn:D

But wouldent that be a girrafe? ive never riden one but you should better go with the 20’’

Some people access RSU other ways than going to unicyclist.com. I think theres Usenet, Google groups, and mailing lists. I think the unicyclist.com web based forum is the only place that avatars and the other flashy stuff can be used. When you use one of those other means the web based forum assigns you the ‘guest’ status.
That guy drewjc probably has no idea what you are talking ‘guest’ because he cant see that part.

I think i think i think. I could be wrong. Just some of my observations.

Re: I’m new

cool thanks guys. I will have a closer look at them and let you know how
i go…just a thought, but maybe it is a 24" and a 20" that the bike
shop has, in which case i have ridden my mates 20". Which should i
choose? still the 20"? i assume this would be easier to learn on? The
cycles the shop has in stock are only standard ones and are about
$170AUS i think…about the limit i would pay for a toy anyway i
think. And the one with the chain would be the giraffe that u guys are
talking about it is very tall(seat would be about 5 feet off the ground)

BTW Gpickett00 i am a member…doesnt it say senior member on the
side here <<< i have done about 100 something posts i think. is that
what u r talking about?

Elmer is kidding. Learn to ride a standard uni before thinking of a giraffe.

Just a thought… As you shop for a uni, make sure the seat can go up high enough for you. The seat posts on 20" unis in LBSs are usually really too short for adult riders. You want it so that with the pedal down, and your foot horizontal, your leg is extended or nearly so. If the seat is too low, so that your knees are bent all the time, it makes it MUCH more difficult to ride.

16" unicycles tall enough for non-child riders are rare.

Either a 20" or a 24" is fine for learning on. The 20 might be a bit easier but I don’t think the difference is significant.

Re: I’m new

On Sun, 25 Apr 2004 12:53:13 GMT, drewjc wrote:

>Which should i
>choose? still the 20"? i assume this would be easier to learn on?
The 20" is somewhat easier to learn on but don’t use that as a buying
guide. (It would be handy if you could /borrow/ a 20".) What’s more
important is what you want to do with it. For most skills (tricks) a
20" is better, and also for performing in confined spaces. For most
other uses a 24" is better, or at least a 24" is a better compromise.

>$170AUS i think…about the limit i would pay for a toy anyway i
>think.
A toy?? You need some education. A unicycle (although a toy by the
traffic laws of some countries) is your entry ticket to a
life-changing hobby.

>And the one with the chain would be the giraffe that u guys are
>talking about it is very tall(seat would be about 5 feet off the ground)
A 5 ft giraffe is the smallest (and probably the commonest) size of
‘standard’ giraffe (meaning: not a MINI giraffe).

>BTW Gpickett00 i am a member…doesnt it say senior member on the
>side here <<< i have done about 100 something posts i think. is that
>what u r talking about?
You are one of the few posters who post from <www.cyclingforums.com>.
Most people post from <www.unicyclist.com>. That is what gpickett00
refers to. The unicyclist.com membership offers some advantages,
including seeing the avatars that people use, nearly unlimited free
webspace for unicycling purposes, etc. And not being displayed as
‘guest’ on most poster’s screens. On the other hand, some
‘competition’ as to who offers the best connection with the (usenet)
newsgroup could be beneficial in the greater scheme of things. Hehe, I
had to say that.

Klaas Bil - Newsgroup Addict

Clearly a system of 1/14 and 1/16 is not decimal - Mikefule on the English weight system