Well the UPS guy set my Radial 360 36 inch wheeled unicycle on the porch, and when I opened the box I was filled with excitement and fear. The wheel, and its nice fat road tire, is just unbelievably huge. OK, so it’s the same as a Coker, but the biggest wheel ever in our den was my KH29, and this new big wheel got "Wow"s from everyone.
After the requisite seat-post cutting (I’m 5’6" tall…er…short), I mounted, then practiced a couple freemounts and then took a couple spins around the 'hood.
Today, I finally got it out on the open road. I wobble just after mounting, but once I get going, mmmm. First time I’ve really had wind in my face and momentum in the wheel since I started unicycling, because I don’t bike for exersize anymore.
The pedals are not too grippy, but that’s no prob, in fact kind of nice as I’m learning the intricasies of this new cycle. The wide UDC hub makes the wheel look and feel solid. The seat is surprisingly comfy with no mods, so that after a 2.25 hr ride my taint is only marginally sore.
I had a route in mind that I used to road bike, a beautiful combo of farm roads and woods road, with rolling hills. I’ve never had time to uni it on smaller wheels, since it’s about 21 miles. On this maiden voyage for my new big wheel I managed to do it in 2.25 hrs. Not exactly a blistering pace, but I’m happy with that speed on my first ride of this beast.
Only thing of note, I was trying to accelerate across an intersection and took a fast, but normal forward UPD. (This was not a slammer like the “helmet breaking” thread). I landed mostly on my palms which were well protected by wrist guards, and banged/skinned my right knee. My knee was conspicuously not protected by my knee-guards, as they were home in the coat closet.
Despite the wipeout, which was no fault of the uni, I’d give the ride a 9.5 and the uni a 9, especially for the price.
It seems easily upgradable, ie a Stockton wheel someday.