“The axle is not tempered so hopping and/or jumping will most likely bend it after a short time.”
The above sentence comes from Scott Bridgeman’s review of the 20" Schwinn. (http://www.muniac.com/review.htm) I have this unicycle and started hopping a little bit and have ocassionally worked on it, but, fortunately, not too much. Nonetheless there is a slight looseness on the left side crank or pedal.
What is tempering with respect to the axle?
What benefit does tempering offer? Disadvantages?
What are the symptons of a bent axle?
I guess until I can scrape up enough money for something stronger my hopping days are over. Fortunately there is no shortage of skills I can work on without the uni leaving the ground.