I’m 6’5" guy that is pretty fat. I’m 320 and slowly decreasing. We recently bought a cheap Sun unicycle for testing some pedal to electrical power measurement. I couldn’t help but try it out.
What I learned is that Sun makes a nice firm freewheel hub. Which isn’t helpful on a unicycle as you commit forward and pedal without moving the wheel. Landed on my feet, but barely. This was after an hour of so of messing around. I just almost started to get it.
It is weird that working on non-solar power generation for rain forest folks would turn into a desire to learn how to ride a unicycle.
I took a job at a non-profit to work on projects that can help people, but it has made money very tight. So I don’t want to spend tons of money without knowing that I’ll enjoy it. But I don’t want to by something that I’ll break. So I’ve been reading a bunch of Uni stuff over a week.
Here is where I need advice. The problem I had with the Sun is just a completely cheap, poorly built hub that seems to be pressed in, not the cotterless cranks. While I know that non-ISIS cranks might not last as long with my weight, I don’t know how long.
I’ve been debating the 20" vs 24". From what I’ve been reading, 20" is easier to learn on. And I would think that I would eventually want 26" for road and trail riding, so a 24" seems like a waste. Also, we have some warehouse space where I could ride inside in winter at lunch. It seems like a 20" would be more maneuverable inside.
So I’m browsing all around UDC and narrowed down to a few.
Club 20" Freestyle (will I break this?) $135
Torker LX 20" (seems like it isn’t worth it to go CX, but out of stock) $156
Nimbus II 20" (most expensive, but ISIS) $250
Nimbus II 24" (only $20 more) $270
I’d love to have the Club work for me for a few months. If so, I could see getting a 26" Nimbus Mountain and slick tire for both grass and dirt trail and road. However, if I go with Nimbus II now, I probably need to go 24", because I’m not going to be able to free up enough for another expensive wheel.