Problem Clicking with Unicycle

Not in the “I just can’t connect with it” way, but in the sound way.
I got an adult trainer unicycle from unicycle.uk.com about 3 weeks ago.
I’ve been riding it quite a lot, but it hasn’t had any major knocks or
anything. I’ve recently noticed a strange clicking sound that occurs
when my left foot is just past the top of it’s cycle (say 10-11 o’clock
when looking side on). The noise is definitely coming from the left
hand side. Being a cautious chap, I went home and tightened everything
up, but to no avail.
Anyone have any ideas what the problem could be? It doesn’t happen if I
just turn the wheel, even if I use the pedal to do so. It only appears
to happen when I am pushing downward on the pedal. Any help would be
greatly appreciated. I don’t want my uni to break, but nor do I want to
stop riding it.
On a side note, I went about 150m today, I can turn most of the time,
and I can freemount about 50% of the time. Oh, and I successfully went
over a speed bump today. I don’t mean to brag (especially since almost
everyone reading this will be better than me), but no-one I know really
cares that much.
Guy

good job.keep practicing.

Try checking the crank,pushing/pulling on it with your hand to see if its loose or wiggles.also check if the bearingmounts(under the wheel were the bearings go on)are tight.

Re: Problem Clicking with Unicycle

In article <zuf6d.656$W31.365@newsfe5-win.ntli.net>,
Guy G <guy.griffiths@nospam.rdg.ac.uk> wrote:

> Not in the “I just can’t connect with it” way, but in the sound way.
> I got an adult trainer unicycle from unicycle.uk.com about 3 weeks ago.
> I’ve been riding it quite a lot, but it hasn’t had any major knocks or
> anything. I’ve recently noticed a strange clicking sound that occurs
> when my left foot is just past the top of it’s cycle (say 10-11 o’clock
> when looking side on). The noise is definitely coming from the left
> hand side. Being a cautious chap, I went home and tightened everything
> up, but to no avail.
> Anyone have any ideas what the problem could be? It doesn’t happen if I
> just turn the wheel, even if I use the pedal to do so. It only appears
> to happen when I am pushing downward on the pedal. Any help would be
> greatly appreciated. I don’t want my uni to break, but nor do I want to
> stop riding it.
> On a side note, I went about 150m today, I can turn most of the time,
> and I can freemount about 50% of the time. Oh, and I successfully went
> over a speed bump today. I don’t mean to brag (especially since almost
> everyone reading this will be better than me), but no-one I know really
> cares that much.
> Guy

I’d bet your left pedal has a partially failed bearing, almost
certainly. No biggie. Ride it to failure and replace it down the road.

The pedals on trainer uni’s, like my Sun, are cheap junk. Replacement
pairs cost about US$8.

To check spoke tension, strum or pluck them, listening for consistant
tone.

hth.

…max


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Re: Problem Clicking with Unicycle

Guy G <guy.griffiths@nospam.rdg.ac.uk> wrote:

> On a side note, I went about 150m today, I can turn most of the time,
> and I can freemount about 50% of the time. Oh, and I successfully went
> over a speed bump today. I don’t mean to brag (especially since almost
> everyone reading this will be better than me), but no-one I know really
> cares that much.
> Guy

oh, and kudos on the waypoints achieved!

…max


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Congrats on the progress.

From what you described, I think it’s a problem with your pedal. I would replace the pedal with a new one and try riding more. If the clicking stops, you know it’s just the pedal, if it continues, you have bigger problems.

A clicking pedal is no big problem. The bearings in the cheap pedals that come on trainer unicycles aren’t all that strong. But you can continue to ride them till the fail completely, there’s no reason not to. Just make sure you have a spare on hand.

Hope that helps,
Daniel

Re: Problem Clicking with Unicycle

Max wrote:
>
> I’d bet your left pedal has a partially failed bearing, almost
> certainly. No biggie. Ride it to failure and replace it down the road.
>
> The pedals on trainer uni’s, like my Sun, are cheap junk. Replacement
> pairs cost about US$8.
>
> To check spoke tension, strum or pluck them, listening for consistant
> tone.
>
> hth.
>
> .max

Thanks, and also thanks to daino149 who said the same thing pretty much.
It’s slightly annoying, but it’s not a big problem. I was down the
park unicycling again yesterday, and it has either stopped, or i’ve
stopped noticing it. Either way, as long as my uni isn’t going to fall
apart as i’m riding, I’m happy. God, unicycling is fun.
Guy

Speed Bumps

For some reason, I often get applause for riding over speed bumps… Where are these people when I ride off curbs?
One of the great things about unicycling is that it ALWAYS impresses non-riders, no matter how good (or bad) you are. Riding around campus, the thing that gets the biggest response is when I stop, and still stand/bunny-hop in place waiting for someone/something to get out of the way. Makes me glad everyone hasn’t seen the GOOD cyclists, it’d make me look worse :slight_smile:

[Bad Joke]
Maybe you should try clicking with your mouse instead of your unicycle.
[/Bad Joke]

I would check out your bearing holders, it is the most common problem, they must NOT be tightened too much or they crush the bearings. They should be only hand tight plus a little bit.

The pedals fitted on the trainer unicycle are actually some of the better ones fitted to unicycles in terms of the bearings. They tend not to have problems.

Here would be my check list:

  1. Check wheel in the right way around
  2. Check the bearings are not over tightened
  3. Check the pedals are tight
  4. Check the cranks are tight

Hope this helps

Roger

Lots of times a rider’s shoelace will hit the crank every revolution and mimic a more serious problem. Try tucking in your shoelaces, a good practice anyway.

I had the clunking problem on my Torker LX. The cause of that was the main cap bearing holders were a little too loose.

I had a similar problem with both of my pedals on my Nimbus Muni. I would get the clicking / clunking at the top of every power stroke. It would be worse when I was pedaling harder.

My solution was to take apart the pedals and regrease them. I did one and rode with it after the regrease to see if it fixed the problem. It did, so I regreased the second pedal. Clicking eliminated. The regreasing was not really that difficult to do.

We may be better than you ( although if you keep progressing that may change ), but we also know how it feels to learn new things, pretty good. Just think, today speed bumps, tomorrow one foot riding, riding speed bumps backwards, the possibilitys are many.

I had clicking in my pedal I think it was, might still have it, either way the unis still working, so obviously for me it wasn’t big.

Keep having fun, even if nobodys intrested in it but you, soon others will be interested and then you can teach them to ride : )

Andrew

I’ve had the horrible cheap pedals that came on my uni for years now. Just because they’re cheap doesn’t mean I want to pay for new ones. Whenever they start making funny noises, or come loose, I FIX them.

With mine, there is a moulded plasic plug in the end, with the help of a suitably sharp implement, you can lever that off and get at the nut underneath. Generally, all you have to do is tighten that up, this should prevent the bearings from dying too soon.

Actually I quite like my horrible block pedals, they’re the only ones that dont have pins in them so its a lot nicer for riding barefoot.