Looking into getting a unicycle...

A few years back, I wanted to unicycle but never found the money to get one, or had the impulse to get the money.

Around where I live, the places don’t sell unicycles, and the used ones are cheap and the owners have no info on them. So I was wanting to buy one new.

I have a few questions concerning buying unicycles.

I am fully sure I will stick to unicycling and will practice it, so I do not want a unicycle for practicing that I will “grow” out of in a matter of months. Unless this is necessary to get a practice one to learn on. You see, money is a difficult thing and I don’t expect unicycles to be cheap. This does not however mean I want a professional one. I just want a decent one.

Now, are there types of unicycles? As for bicycles they have the racing ones, mountain, BMX. So do unicycles have types much like these (I know there are mountain ones)?

Next question is, should I buy my unicycle in parts and then assemble it myself or should I buy an assembled one? I am comfortable with assembling a unicycle if I need to. Would it be cheaper doing it in parts? On that note, what are the flagships for unicycles, as in what are the good companies?

What is a decent price for a whole unicycle is my final question.

Browse around unicycle.com. Everything there is quality.
Just looking there will answer most, if not all, of your questions.

I have been riding a little over a year and I am glad I started on a cheap 20 in unicycle for 50 bucks. I now own a 36 in and love it. I could have never started out on one that big. I do distance riding and knew thats what I wanted it for… I have not ridden my 20 in in almost a year.

Mike Adams

There’s more info on riding styles and gear at this site.

Since you need to learn to ride first, your options are pretty limited. 20" or 24" wheels are the most common size for learning. Keep in mind that a learner unicycle - even a decent one - is not very versatile. That’s why it’s common for people to buy one unicycle at the beginning and then a second, more specialized unicycle a few months later.

I think a Nimbus II would be a good one to look at. It’s a solid mid-range unicycle. Plus it’s a brand people know, so if you decide you want a mountain uni or something later, you can sell it for a good price to help with funds.