My mom took my unicycle to her class about four weeks ago and i guess they took it apart a bit (it is a kids mechanical type class) i checked it out when i got it back and it seemed fine so i have been riding it with 0 issues.But lately i have been hearing a clicking sound and was dumb enough to ignore it thinking it had to do with a new tire. anyhow one pedal had been re-screwed and over tightened so now my crank is shot it is a Torker LX 24" we went camping yesterday so i started to muni and then my pedal fell out proving that the crank is truly toast ( i saw it was crooked but tightened it straight before riding thinking it had just come unscrewed).
is there anyway to fix it temporarily? and what type of cranks should i buy i want to get good ones but do not want to spend tons of money.?
My mom is willing to pay half because it is half her fault that it is ruined. I am going to camp i a week and a half for the summer so i need something that will last at least till i get back and possible buy a new uni any help would be nice:D
p.s. i learned my lesson if it make a noise something is wrong:(
Well a kris holm wheel crank and hub would be the best, but that costs a lot too…
Is the hub broken or just the crank, and, are you sure? on my old unicycle i bought new cranks and it turned out to be the hub that was broken!
(the hub is the thing between the cranks holding the spokes right?) :o
it is the crank what happened is some kid overtightened the pedal so much that it shredded the threads, but because it was so nice and “tight” i unwittingly kept riding every day and so the crank is truly dead, it it almost smooth inside
I can totally relate to that, since that is the condition of my unicycle right now! I’m trying to clean the remains of the crank out of the pedal threads right now. Does anyone know an easy way to do that, so I can still use the pedal?
use an old toothbrush, twig or something of that nature, my dad cleaned my pedal off by banging it with a wrench so the slivers came off. just be careful of the bits of metal or you will stab yourself (like my dad did)
only one cranks is messed up she is hoping that the bike shop will just sell one. i don’t blame her i just want it fixed because all i can to is wheel walk and i am bored ! that and i am going away soon, and school is out so i can ride all day once i fix it
Are you sure that maybee they put the pedals on backwards? Pedals are marked R & L. The right pedal tightens clockwise and the left, counter clockwise. If that is the case your cranks are still toast but may las a bit longer if put on properly. Also, make sure the cranks are on tight. I use 45 ft.lbs. w/ blue loctight.
So you can still ride while you’r waiting for your new cranks, try putting them on w/ blue Loctite. Clean the treads first w/ rubbing alcohol. If that doesn’t work, reclean the threads and use red loctite. Be wearry of the red as it’s “permanant” (not enough to keep my cranks on where the thread hadn’t been cleaned though). I’d let it sit overnight before riding it to let the loctite set.
Never ride w/ anything loose, and if something is making noise, make sure it’s benign. (Some splined cranks squeek a lot.)
I never use loctight, but it is true that I spend a lot of time tightening things up, mostly the bearing housings because I prefer those on the loose side. Spokes also when I’m truing the wheel. [I like those tight though :)]
Regarding those cranks, they are designed for lightness/minor flatland and have a disclaimer at the bottom of the page.
If you get the same cranks as your old ones they are only $3 more and you’ll have a spare.