newbie

I would recommend 20", although 16" would work ok for learning. 20" is better in
the long run.

—Nathan

MW <nwoptical@coastnet.com> wrote in message
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> Should a 12 year old who weighs 100 lbs learn on a 16" wheel or a 20 "wheel?
>
> Any help WOULD be appeciated!!! mw This is a most silent NG!!!
>

Re: newbie

MW (nwoptical@coastnet.com) wrote:
: Should a 12 year old who weighs 100 lbs learn on a 16" wheel or a 20 "wheel?

Unless the 12 yr old is particularly small, I’d say go for the 20".

Reasoning : - most 12 yr olds are big enough to cope with a 20", and of course
12 soon becomes 13, 14, … and a 20" will be a better long-term investment.
There are plenty of 12 yr olds out there (and many younger) who get on fine
with a 20".


Paul Selwood paul@vimes.u-net.com

Re: newbie

MW (nwoptical@coastnet.com) wrote:
: Should a 12 year old who weighs 100 lbs learn on a 16" wheel or a 20 "wheel?

: Any help WOULD be appeciated!!! mw This is a most silent NG!!!
All depends how tall they are… if they have long enough legs to use a 20 inch
get that one, it’ll last them longer as they grow taller, and all the 12 year
olds I ever knew grew quite a bit taller by the time they were grown up and lots
of grown ups ride 20 inch wheels. Good luck and have fun, come by and chat to
the NG again some time, nice meeting you… sarah

Re: newbie

Most kids at 12 would do fine on a 20 inch wheel. We have over 60 kids on our
team, ages 4-14. Most of the 16 inch riders on in the second grade or lower. One
of our second graders has been riding for two years and is on a 20 inch. The
smaller the wheel, the larger the kid, the harder it looks to pedal. Barb K.

Re: newbie

MW wrote in message …
>Should a 12 year old who weighs 100 lbs learn on a 16" wheel or a 20 "wheel?

It really has more to do with the height of the person then the weight. I’d
expect most 12 year olds would be tall enough for a 20", if not a 24".

Greg

Re: newbie

In article <s1sbghs9qof46@corp.supernews.com>, “MW”
<nwoptical@coastnet.com> writes:

>Should a 12 year old who weighs 100 lbs learn on a 16" wheel or a 20 "wheel?
>

My ten year old son learned in a couple of days on a 20 inch, which is also fine
for him riding off-road whereas I think a smaller wheel would be less suitable
for muni or riding any distance.

Jerry Cooper

Re: newbie

Most indoor skills work on the 20". The obstacle course, if it is set up by the
USA standards is designed for a 24" wheel. Age 11 and up for track events 24"
wheel is used. When I first started, the 24" wheel was called the Parade
unicycle. My kids say the larger wheel is fun to just “cruise around” on. It
isn’t as much work to pedal.

Barb K.

Re: newbie

My 7 1/2 year old son (average height/weight) once begged me to put the seat
down on my 24" uni. I did and he rode 1 mile to his friend’s house, including up
a 15% grade hill, over a curb, etc, without a dismount. He’s not really big
enough for it - his hips were rocking a bit - but he can ride it fine.

Learning is a little different though. It’s easier on a smaller wheel. But if
you’re only buying one uni for the 12 year old, make it a 20" (or even a 24"),
not a 16".

—Nathan

Greg House <ghouse@southwind.REMOVEME.net> wrote in message
news:nIKU3.32327$23.1697342@typ11.nn.bcandid.com
>
> MW wrote in message …
> >Should a 12 year old who weighs 100 lbs learn on a 16" wheel or a 20 "wheel?
>
>
> It really has more to do with the height of the person then the weight.
I’d
> expect most 12 year olds would be tall enough for a 20", if not a 24".
>
> Greg