newbie learning question?

I am a complete newbie, not even a rider as of yet. My goal is to learn to ride, with Muni as my focus. Are there any reasons I should not start/learn with a 24" Muni? Skipping the purchase of an adult trainer unicycle, take that cash and put it towards a better quality Muni.

Thank you for your imput.

I have been riding almost a month now and tried to learn on a 24" with quite a bit of difficulty. I purchased a 20" and it seemed to be easier to learn on. After practicing on the 20" for about 10 days,I switched back to the 24" and ride it exclusively now. I’m sure you could learn on a 24" Muni, it’s all just personal preference. The learning curve is different for everybody. You may want to try to pickup a cheap 20" off of ebay to be sure you are ready to committ to uniiing before you spend a wad of cash on a Muni. You could always use the 20" to help teach others to ride, that’s what mine is being used for now!

I have a buddy who’s learning on a 24" and doing very well. The biggest differrence is that freemounting is a bit tougher - you have to get up a bit higher on a 24" since the axle is higher.

If you go right to a MUni, I’d suggest you get a cheap, smooth tire to learn on, and pump it up as high as it’s rated. The knobby will be hard to turn on pavement, and it will wear out much faster than it would on dirt.

Have a ball!

People have learnt to ride on all sizes of unicycle from small 16" wheels to 36" Cokers. A 24" is widely considered the best all-rounder, and I’m sure many other people learned to ride on one. Go for it.


there is no consensus on this issue
if u can afford to buy a cheap learner, u will allways have use for it in the future and in case uni’ing turns out to not be your thing, it’s less money invested

another benefit of buying a learning bike before getting your Muni, is the fact that u will be a touch more familiar with the technical bits and bobs, what they do and how u prefer them to be set up
since u r looking at optimising your Muni investment, i’d personally suggest considering the learner first and the Muni once u know exactly what u want
if u go and buy or assemble a Muni now (before learning how to ride), u will be at the mercy of the opinions of others
the machine u get may not be the one u want 6months from now when u go flying down mountains and stuff


That’s exactly what I was trying to explain, once again, you everything so clear

A 20" would probably be easiest to learn on and also to learn skills that would be useful to MUni, for example idling and free-mounting. And you never know, you might prefer freestyle :slight_smile:

>That’s exactly what I was trying to explain, once again, you everything so clear

that’s what u get from slowing down once in a while…


First, a straight answer: it is perfectly possible to learn on a 24. It is a little bit more difficult than on a 20, but not much.

A 24 is widely agreed to be a good all round size. It’s light, manoeuvreable, agile enough for a few tricks, big enough to roll over bumps. With a big fat tyre, it becomes a 26 anyway.

Now, should you buy a good 'un first, or a trainer?

No question, it is easier to learn on good equipment. However, it may not be easy to learn the basics on a specialised machine. A knobbly tyre alone can affect the handling on tarmac, and long MUni cranks can make normal riding a bit ungainly and tiring.

Here’s a suggestion: buy a 24 inch Nimbus 2 (known as a Yuni in the USA) with a normal road tyre and standard 150 mm cranks and plastic pedals. This will be good to learn on. I’m sure there are other models of similar price and spec.

The frame will enable you to learn a few basic tricks (it has flat fork crowns to rest your feet on).

Later, with a cheapish local bike shop knobbly tyre, it becomes capable of some quite serious cross country and mud plugging.

Or if road riding turns out to be your thing, keep the road tyre and fit 110 mm cranks or smaller. You can upgrade the pedals easily, and have a reliable serviceable ‘grown up’ unicycle.

And a few months down the line, you will think, “This is great but I could do with…” and then you will know which way to go:

Short cranks, bigger wheel for roads and speed.
Long cranks, fatter tyre/bigger wheel for serious MUni.
Smaller wheel and medium cranks for tricks and freestyle.
Big bouncy tyre for trials.

And you will still have the 24 for lending to friends, or for general mucking around on if you are worried about losing or damaging your ‘best’ ride.

How old are you? The younger you are the easier it will be to learn. This may more than compensate for the added difficulty of learning on a 24".

Also, a MUni will have steel pedal pins. I learned on a standard 20" and a trials 20". The pedal pins on the trials uni ripped a two-inch long gash in my right calf. And I was just riding slowly on pavement. I did a beginner-esque funky dismount and ended up with a deep laceration.

Take the pedal pins out or wear leg armor. No exceptions! Not once! All it takes is one awkward dismount to make hamburger meat out of your legs.

On the other hand, if you have grippy pedals (pedal pins) AND leg armor, then a little bit of rain or wet pavement will not prevent you from practicing. Because wet shoes slip off of wet pedals very easily (standard pedals, that is).

Well, that probably doesn’t help you much. But maybe it can add to your thought process about which one to buy. Good luck with everything and welcome! You’ve come to the right place!

uni57 (Dave)
P.S. - Tuesday was my four month anniversary. Four months and two days ago, I got a box delivered from My first unicycle! Infinite fun awaits you!

Anyone who asks a question is at the mercy of the opinions of others. But that’s exactly why I ask questions…

My opinion echos that of GILD a few entries ago. But specifically, my opinion is this:

For under $100 you can get thisAFFORDABLE BEEFY LITTLE 20

You will ride it long after the learning stage. Start saving all you pennies for the MUni. Good advice abounds in these forums. Pay attention, ask plenty of quesitons, and learn exactly what you want in a MUni. That way you won’t make an expensive and regretful booboo.

You can ride that little 20 for the rest of your life (until you bust it).

BTW: I learned on, and still own, a 24" with no regrets.

Yeah, that 20" Torker Unistar is what I used to learn how to ride EXCELLENT beginner uni!!!

RE: newbie learning question?

> You can ride that little 20 for the rest of your life (until you bust
> it).

from this i deduce that you have a more typical unicyclist’s build than i.
passionately fat people regularly wreck stuff, and a common method is to sit
on it. at face value the two things may seem incompatible.

RE: newbie learning question?

> passionately fat people regularly wreck stuff, and a common
> method is to sit
> on it.

oddly i feel obliged to apologise to mister maximus following this remark.
mister maximus; my dog is your dog. OK?