HI im new hear and new to unicycling.I hope that I have put this in the right place.I come from wales and I am in to my mountain biking. I was realy stuck on something to get for christmas then it came to me I want an unicycle lol. Could you tell me what kind and where to get them from? I have rode one before and I think that I did quite well to think that I was only on it for about 15mins.
And is it harder to ride on dirt like on slopey trails kind of stuff
If it is fine for a beginner to ride a dirt then would that sort of unicycle be fine on tarmac as well?
Well, if you are looking into learning, you might want something like this (which is also available on ebay for buy it now). This will last a good amount of time and allow you to learn some of the basics.
However, if you are looking to go straight into it and get something top of the range, you could get a MUni (and learn on that). In case you didn’t know, that stands for mountain unicycle (what you do on your bike, but on a unicycle). In this case, something like this is something i’d definitely consider purchasing. This is also fine for just cruising around on streets.
That does not look that bad I thought that it would be more looking at other ones. Thought that you would want my hight I stand at around 5"4 now. Is there any cheaper ones? not the ebay one
thanks for the quick replys
Although a bit harder you can learn on a 24"
That Nimbus is a great uni. Hubs all seem to be going to ISIS for the crank options.
But depending on where you live, you may want to consider a Torker DX on ebay, since it comes w/ brake mounts, or you could weld some mounts on the Nimbus.
Or you could just go strieght to the best, a Kris Holm.
You will probably have to cut down the seatpost. Do it an inch at a time. When learning it’s better to have it a bit higher, so there is a slight bend in your knee when at 6 o’clock.
Edit: The DX is a bit less if you get it on ebay. The cheapest you can get it if you want your uni to be strong and really last.
Since you said that you are into mountain biking and also said that you have riden before and learned quickly I would sujest the Nimbus that jamessd linked to.
The big knobby tire is a bit harder to lean on but will be supper nice once you get on the trails and rough stuff.
I know it is a bit of an inital investment but if you are going to stick with unicycling this uni will last you a long time.
If the tire is holding you back to much for learning you could get a smooth tire like the Maxxis hookworm and learn with that.
Hope that helped
Just wanted to add my 20 öres. I knew I would like to unicycle, and Muni sounded like the right thing for me. That’s why my first unicycle was the Nimbus 26".
I bought it about 3 months ago, and it’s great! Since then I’ve also upgraded it a bit, mine had the square hub so I upgraded to KH hub and cranks. Not exactly cheap, but now I don’t have to buy expensive bus tickets any more as I use my Nimbus for transportation.
And it feels like I’ll use Trite (that’s the name of my uni) many years. Compared to some other things, I’m really happy with my choice.
Oh. If it was harder to learn on? Sorry I can’t answer that question, as that’s the only and one unicycle I learned on. So it’s far from impossible - I mean, even I learned to unicycle on it.
Conclusion: I don’t know much about other unicycles, but if you know you want to Muni, I would recommend the Nimbus. Good luck.
How long did it take you to learn on that 26"?
About one week, I think. To ride from one end to the other on a small (very small) football/basketball field.
Average 1 hour/dag I guess, although it varied pretty much. And then I’m only counting the time spent with my unicycle. I like to read tutorials, see videos when other rides and just think about myself successfully riding from time to time.
By the way, the first unicycle I tried was my friend’s 29". That was scary.
Now I plan to get one myself, anyone who has money he/she wants to get rid of?
Hi, welcome - this is indeed the right place.
As other folks have said, a cheap 20" unicycle is good for learning the basics on, doing tricks that don’t need a really strong uni, plus playing hockey and generally fooling around on.
Larger wheels are better suited to offroad. The most technical downhill offroad riders use 24" wheels with very fat tyres (and sometimes brakes, but those aren’t at all essential). For slightly less technical riding over greater distances, there’s the 26" size, with a good choice of tyres. For real distance riding offroad, people tend to like 29" wheels - or even 36ers!
You’ll definitely not be wanting a 36er to learn on, it’s far too large and heavy. I think a 20" or 24" uni is a sensible size to learn on. However, a 24" with a fat offroad tyre is not going to handle as nicely for learning as a 20" with a road tyre.
I learnt on a cheap 20" and I still ride it nowadays. It certainly is a good machine to learn on and can keep being fun even when you’ve got other, bigger wheels.
If you get a 20" you can still ride it on dirt, but it’s not going to be as effective as a larger wheel would be. That mightn’t bother you as you’re just starting - I guess you might also find a 24" a bit large depending on your leg length, weight and level of fitness. You may be able to get a fatter tyre for a 20" if you really wanted to.
On the 20" you probably wouldn’t want to try and do huge distances offroad, but you can probably still find some things to challenge yourself offroad on any uni you get, it’s more a question of how many trails are rideable and how far / fast you can go.
I guess I’d say a reasonable plan would be either:
a) get a 20" learner uni, they’re not that expensive. Then when you’ve played with that on dirt, decide if you want a muni for harder offroad action. You could always sell the 20" but you could also keep it for doing freestyle tricks with etc. I started on a 20" then got bigger wheels.
b) get a muni and learn on that. The learning will be more difficult, but it’ll be able to ride more varied offroad terrain once you do have the hang on it. Freestyle tricks will be harder to pull off than on the 20" though. I don’t know how much more difficult it is to learn on a bigger wheel, since everyone I know learnt on a 20".
Hope that advice helps you a bit!
To clear up; Wales is in the UK so the DX i out of the question
Are trials unicycles hard to do street and stuff I have had a thought and realised that I would be doing more street/trials and couple of offroad. but I suppose that they would be fine on grass wont they?
And would this be fine? http://www.unicycle.uk.com/shop/shopdisplayproduct.asp?catalogid=476 Is that a 20" wheel? thanks for all the replys very helpful
If thats what your going to be doing I would strongly suggest getting the Nimbus Trials ISIS. Thats what I have and I upgraded my cranks to KH37mm and I love it.
And one other question is there such a thing as an unicycling magazine?lol
And is ^^^^^ that the one you ment cody
Thats the one.
I just showed my mum the one you showed me cody but I dont think that I’ll be getting that one it is a bit to dear . Would the one that I showed first be fine this one http://www.unicycle.co.uk/shop/shopdisplayproduct.asp?catalogid=476
maybe in make it better with upgrades if needed?
Another Welsh rider.
What part are you from?
I learned on a Nimbus2 24" wheel.
Never had any problems because of the wheel size, and once I’d learned how to ride on the flat sirface of a tennis court, then it was a simple step to put on a big knobbly tyre and take it off-road.
I have never personally tried any other unicycles except for my cheapy 24" learner. The main reason that I suggested the Nimbus ISIS is because of my personal experience with it and the good comments other people who do huge drops and stuff say about it.
So would somebody with more experience and knows a bit more about all the different types of unicycles chime is?
Thanks and sorry I could not be much help,
That is a fine machine. although it’s not top of the line, and does not have a splined hub, I have one and it has served me well. the hub and cranks will be fine for a long time, but they will need replacing at some point. I have tried very little muni on it, but apart from speed issues (smaller wheel) it handles very well on the tracks. it’s brilliant for trials and street (although I am not) so in all, its a great buy. go for it.
to tell the truth, I’m not all that experienced, but I have full confidence in this uni.
Ok thanks anyway.
I am from the llyn peninsula up in north wales
So you have one. Is it fine to do some small jumps drops etc. and after how much did you chand the hub and cranks? and what is a splined hub? what are the advantage?