What with the weather and the flu I have been feeling extremely under-unicycled and out of condition and practice. So I was determined to get out there today. I had contingency plans for every kind of weather - except for the kind it was - frozen.
I thought that the Muni was probably the best uni for the weather conditions so decided to go on my Baby Muni route. I had decided to take things seriously, to get back into the swing of it, so put on my cycling kit (including new cycle top) and got my camelbak out. Well, I looked so ridiculous that I needed a disguise to leave the house, so clad in long coat, dark glasses and hat I left the house.
Much as expected, due to ice and lack of practice, I was rubbish. Still, I got out, however not very efficiently as I soon found out I had forgotten part of my camelbak when the water squirted up my nose.
After the couple of miles of footpath I swapped unicycles and took my 29er off road, which I have wanted to do for a long time, neatly ignoring a phone call from my daughter who wanted me to pick her up from somewhere (there’s always someone who wants to spoil my fun). It was great fun although I did get covered in mud and something less savoury (There are lots and lots of dogs in Prestatyn).
I felt great. And later on a couple of hours at the Gronant Institute practicing my backward riding and uni hockey. Why can’t all sundays be like this?
I have problems finding places to ride too. I want somewhere to ride that isn’t too far away as my uni time is usually very limited and I don’t want to waste it travelling. I would like to find somewhere that was about 6 miles long and not full of very old people taking thier dogs for a walk. Honestly they were out to day absoultely begging for a fractured neck of femur as everything was so icy.
I have just started riding again, having not ridden for maybe 10 years. I
bought a basic coker and have been riding it on the bike path at my local
beach in Hermosa, CA. Obviously I can’t do many tricks because of its mass,
but it is greeat for long rides.
Anyway, I really want to learn tricks and thought a good trials 20" would be
the way to go…But I wonder if my Scwhinn 24" could be used if I were to
put a fat tire on it. I thought the 24" would be better for me since I am
5’11 and about 165. I wonder if a 20", even with a 400 mm seatpost will be
big enough for me.Would it be easier for me to just get a 20" trials uni,
like the 2006 torker dx as a decent starter? Is the schwinn just to heavy
for trials riding? Plus, it has sloped crown not good for putting your foot. Also, I would love to get good tips on where to buy the right type of
protective gear, such as shin guards, etc. Thanks for all th help!
The determining factor would be what you mean by tricks. If you want to learn to ride trials, a 20"trials would be ideal.
If you mean freestyle skills/tricks (like one-foot riding, wheel walking, pirrouetting and the like), a trial uni with the increased grip of the fat knobbly tyre will be more trouble than it’s worth.