What is your experience of unicycling? I rode a friends uni, I think a 16”, a bunch in college. Then got back on a 20” about 10 years ago, but I had other hobbies that took most of my time. Now I am at a point where I need more cardio and core exercise than my other hobbies are giving me, so I am getting back into uni and hopefully muni…or at least woodsy trail riding.
All that said, I ask looking for my next ride. I’m thinking my eventual ride will be around a 28”, but don’t think I am ready to jump into something that big yet. Is it a reasonable plan to get a 24” now and practice for several months regularly and then jump straight to a 28”?
If 24” is a good (re)starting point got me, any recommendations?
You are definitely on the right path. A 24” muni would be great to start with, and then (if you want) up-size to a 27.5+ Muni with a brake or a 29” muni with a brake. The brake will be beneficial when/if you plan to make downhill muni a part of your routine. In Tyler, you will be able to find some trails that require a brake.
This is the biggest problem with 24" unicycles. IMO, it’s still the best size for technical muni, but unfortunately there are only a handful of tires still available. Of those, I’d say the Duro Wildlife Leopard/Razorback is the best. It may be heavy, but it has an aggressive tread and the sidewalls make it better for hopping. I rode for several months on a Specialized Big Roller too, and while it is much lighter, I found that I lost traction repeatedly in wet conditions and that I had to run a higher tire pressure to keep the tire from folding.