My name is Claire and I am new to Unicycling and to the forums.
I am looking for a uni to ride around campus and possibly along the beach. I am 170-180lbs and will be carrying a backpack with textbooks (which can get heavy). I am looking to spend around 100 - 300 dollars. From what I have read on the forums and talking with some people a “Torker Unistar DX 24-inch” seems like my best choice. Are there other unis I should look into?
I have never used a uni before in my life and I want to work on the muscle groups necessary for riding. I know I need to work on basic cardio, back, abs (Essentially all the “core” muscles), posture, and legs (specifically quads). Is there anything else I can do to help my riding besides riding, practice, keeping my weight in the seat, pedaling equally with both legs, etc? Any balance exercises etc?
I agree with what Jerrick said except a 29" may be too big for you fi you are just startin, however for what you are using it for a 24" may be too small, i have a pashley 26" er when i got it, it cost me £100 i don’t know how much that is in dollars but it would be better for the beach because its a Muni (Mountain uni) so maybe you should try that, it would also be a little faster than a 24" er
You could buy the LX for $100 and then upgrade the crappy tire it comes with to something like this.
That is a 2.1" wide…you could fit up to 2.6 on the LX. It seems likes UDC doesn’t sell the Kinetics tire separately, but it comes on the DX model. Perhaps if you called you could special order that tire for around $20.
In total it wouldn’t cost you over $125 for a perfect learning unicycle with offroad capabilities.
And learn by finding a long wall with smooth pavement. If you can’t find a cheapo 20 and you are gonna buy new, consider a 24. They are way cooler for riding any distance, but maybe a bit harder to learn on, but doable.
After that, the only real answer is to have several unis. A 36 is the only thing for distance street riding (and really fun), a trials 20 rules for jumping around your yard. If I could only have 1 (shudder), thankfully life is not so cruel, the KH24 IMHO can do everything. But if I post the link how to get a good deal on a KH one more time…from AE Bike…
Anyways, all uni riders can use a really cheap 20. After you learn, you can teach your friends with it. If you get it used you can sell it for what you paid for it. I won’t recommend torkers anymore because they use a rip off unique bearing that costs 30 $/ set to replace. Sun is much better for a learner uni IMHO.
My college is right on the beach/near the ocean so even if I don’t ride on the beach I can’t get away from the sand. So the upgraded tire idea makes sense for me. Any other options?
Also, I will be near an ocean and I know that that can make certain metals corrode faster. Any ideas to help with the corrosion and do you guys recommend getting a 100+ starter and then upgrading? I really will only be using it to get around campus and possibly ride along the beach. I have never been one for tricks and I don’t for see jumping in the near future.
I ride 20" at the beach. I am not much for riding insanely far (less than 6 miles) because of the people traffic on the boardwalk and sidewalks. Stop and go, and lots of swerving around people make easy mobility on a 20. The big wheels are MUCH tougher to go up a hill and it might turn you off completely if you start with something bigger than 24. Stopping takes a more effort on a big wheel as well. I think the 24 has the best compromise of maneuverability and distance for crowded areas. You might be able to find a cheap LX on craigslist for under $100 but you might hate the stock seating. Unless you know you are going to love it, thats a strong commitment to spend up to $300 piece of hardware that you just might hate.
Good luck on whatever you choose. I hope you love it.
The Miyata/LX seat is very easy to turn to an air seat or modify the foam in it as well. The cover is held on by metal clips, pry those back about a cm, and the cover comes right off, well, after taking the handle and bumper off too. lol
From there, you can make it an airseat, or modify the foam to a better shape, put a grove it.
Search around for what people have on seats, and youll see tons of possibilities for you to try once/if you ever need to.
The issue with that is that there isnt much room in the torker cover to convert it to air, you would need a new saddle cover. Also, the foam is so thin already that you can’t really modify it to be a better shape
I think I will go with the torker lx 24-inch because it seems to be a good learning uni. Once I figure out what I really want to use the uni for (Muni/trials/etc etc etc) I can then get an appropriate uni.
p.s. I will definitely look into changing the seat