Just bought a Pahley muni from Roger at Unicycle.uk.com - arrived promptly
earlier in the week. Its a beautiful bike: it looks great with the metallic blue
paint and feels really solid. I tried one a couple of years ago before they
upgraded the saddle, and I’ve been waiting for Pashley to improve it: the new
saddle is much better. Its now got really nifty pedals and thick spokes as well:
it may be more expensive than some, but I love it.
I took it out for a midnight spin up and down my road when it arrived on
Thursday: and gave it an off-road outing in the park today. Seems such a shame
to get it muddy, since it looked so nice and shiny and new!! However, the bike
appears to be easier to ride in mud than on tarmac - must be the tyres I guess.
My previous uni a couple of years ago was a 20 incher, and I had just about
mastered the art of step-on freemounting and could turn reasonably tightly on
it, especially on a smooth surface. Now the Muni is an entirely different kettle
of fish… I have a few questions for you experienced Muni-ers out there…
On the male dangly bits… Gentlemen, how do you avoid crushing your nuts when
riding a uni? I already wear cycling shorts, but do you have any other tips to
help me avoid problems down there? I am in awe that you can ride across
Minnesota or wherever - never mind your sense of balance, you must have steel
balls. Mounting and dismounting seems to be the most dangerous time!
On Muni freemounting… The higher saddle than the 20 incher seems to make the
simplest step-on mount just that bit harder. Should I try and learn on tarmac
first, and then take to the mud? What is a good height for the saddle? Do I need
to be able to idle to freemount a Muni?
Going round corners… How do you turn a Muni? It seems to be much harder than
a regular uni to turn. Are there any tricks to this? - it seems to get stuck in
the mud. For some reason I can turn left much more easily than right.
Any info gratefully received! Thanks!