Hello all you avid unicyclers (sp?) I just found this address and just
got onto the mail-list. I’m just about to buy my own unicycle, and I
have a question. If I buy a 24 inch wheel unicycle for commuting when I
get better at unicucling (say someyime next year) can I put an old BMX
wheel on it to learn on, or should I get a small wheeled uni now and get
a bigger wheel next year?!?!?!?
Dazed and Confused Chris Lamb University of
ps: Don't bother to correct my speeling, I'm only taking one english
course and they rest are maths (engineering degree) :)
RE: New Guy
Welcome to the list.
> If I buy a 24 inch wheel unicycle for commuting when I
> get better at unicucling (say someyime next year) can I
> put an old BMX wheel on it to learn on, or should I get
> a small wheeled uni now and get a bigger wheel next
I learnt at univ, here in England, on the juggling clubs Pashley unicycle. It
was good for learning with as it had a 20 inch wheel, and it just showed me how
uncomfortable a low-cost unicycle can feel after riding for a while. I soon
bought a 20 inch Sem Trainer, cheaper than a Sem Cycle, but a Sem never the
less, so it is of better quality than the Pashley. I am still using it today
after 5 years of use, and I don’t mean once a month type use. I play unicycle
hockey with it and take it to our local juggling club for others to practice on,
so it takes a beating. I am on my second crank, and third tyre, but they’re to
be expected with such use I think.
When I was at univ, I unicycled into lectures on it almost every day. Because of
it’s 20 inch wheel I could overcome most obstacles with ease (crosswalks, busy
sidewalks, etc). If you have far to travel to work then a 24 inch would be a
great advantage. I am finding more and more uni-hockey players using 24 inch
wheels now too. They can get up court faster, and can block more of the goal
mouth off with their wheel. Ofcourse they are less manouverable it tight
corners, which is why I’m sticking to my 20 inch.
So what I suggest is learn on a local clubs 20 inch and get yourself a 24 inch
for travelling around on.
ps I love Vanc Is. I hitched the lenght of it in summer of '91. I could think of
worse locations to do a degree.
Richard A Johnson +44 (0)1734 203994 firstname.lastname@example.org EDI
Engineering, Digital Equipment Co., Reading, Berks. RG2 0TU. England Skiing,
Unicycle Hockey, and juggling web servers linked to my home page