is my unicycle assembled backwards?

I got a unicycle about 3 weeks ago but after reading about them I now think it is backwards.

Here is the unicycle.

If I stand behind the unicycle, the slot facing me, the L crank is on the R side.

I’ve been practicing for the last few weeks, only 5-10min a day and just today made two 150’ + rides without any problems with the pedals or cranks.

I got it off craigslist so no instruction manual but the man told me he bought it at a bike shop and used it for a talent show as he rode as a youngster.

Did the bike shop assemble it wrong?

I didn’t know the slot should be to the rear so I rode it the other way with the slot forward and the pedals on the correct sides.

Do I need to change it around?

Does it matter if the slot is to the front?

Thanks, Jim

It’s very common for unis to be assembled backwards. Bike shops often don’t know that it’s possible and problematic. (It doesn’t come up when assembling bikes).

The location of the frame slot doesn’t really matter, but it’s best to keep it to the rear so it’s clear what the rear is supposed to be. The thing that really matters is your pedals; if they’re on the wrong side, they’ll unscrew and ruin your cranks.

If I were you, I’d flip the wheel around so that the right pedal is on the right side when the seatpost slot is in back.

The slot at the front or rear should not be an issue. It is probably supposed to be at the rear but its purpose is to allow the frame to be clamped down onto the seatpost and thus direction doesn’t really matter.

What is critical is that you keep the cranks on the correct side. The pedal threads are directional and can unscrew if backwards. A self unscrewing pedal can destroy the cranks.

I took my Coker in to the LBS to have a broken spoke replaced (I had to provide the spoke of course, they don’t carry anything near that length), and they put the wheel in backwards afterwards. I wouldn’t have noticed for a while, except I have to remove a pedal to fit it into my (small) trunk, so I had them switch it back right then. So yeah, I guess it happens a lot.

Check out this PDF doc about assembling a qu-ax. It should answer and clear all your doubts.

.si ti ,seY

Or if you are a bit lazy/ in a hurry you can turn the seat around 180 degrees, so the left pedal is on the left side of the seat.

When I read your posts backward I hear the devil! :astonished:

I’d have thought that reprah would say something like that.

I tried that first. Gilby took away my reprah posting rights.