Schwinn or United Uni for Novice?

I am new to unicycling.

Right now I am learning on a friend’s Miyata. I would like my own. But being as I do not have $300 to shell out on a unicycle, I have been considering a United unicycle or a Schwinn.

Is one much better than the other?

Derek :thinking:

I would say go for the Schwinn. It’s more expensive than united, but
will last you quite a bit longer. Also, when you get into learning
one-footed tricks, the schwinn’s angled fork is slightly better than
united’s round crown (a flat crown is ideal, as exist on miyata,
semcycle xl, and a few others)

I’ve got a schwinn I bought on e-bay. It’s estimated at 25 years old, and
still rides great. Based on the condition when I got it, I expect the
original rider didn’t use it much, but I got over a year’s worth of abuse
in, and the seat and tire were the only things damaged.

Jeff Lutkus

> I am new to unicycling.
>
> Right now I am learning on a friend’s Miyata. I would like my own. But
> being as I do not have $300 to shell out on a unicycle, I have been
> considering a United unicycle or a Schwinn.
>
> Is one much better than the other?
>
> Derek :thinking:
>
>
>
>
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Derek

A little more info would be helpfull in m,aking a recomendation.

Do you have any idea what you want to get into? Freestyle? Trials? Muni?
just riding?

How tall are you? How much do you weigh? How old are you?

My limited experience is on a united. You can read my entire review at:

http://www.uni-psycho.cityslide.com/pages/page.cfm/739828

all one line

If that doesnt work goto:

http://www.uni-psycho.cityslide.com

and click through to reviews.

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Nick Cegelka

Pyrotechnick13@yahoo.com

NickLikesFire AIM

http://www.uni-psycho.cityslide.com

— bentosaur <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote:
> I am new to unicycling.
>
> Right now I am learning on a friend’s Miyata. I would like my own. But
> being as I do not have $300 to shell out on a unicycle, I have been
> considering a United unicycle or a Schwinn.
>
> Is one much better than the other?
>
> Derek :thinking:
>
>
>
>
> –
> Posted via the Unicyclist Community -
http://unicyclist.com/forums

Sorry to confuse matters, but I must suggest a Torker, either the 20"
(better for tricks) or the 24" (better for learning (?) and much better
for distance). Torkers are cheap ($75-85) and durable. 1-800-UNICYCLe can
help with all your queries and they carry most unis, too.

David

lutkus@unicyclist.com writes:
>I would say go for the Schwinn. It’s more expensive than united, but
>will last you quite a bit longer. Also, when you get into learning
>one-footed tricks, the schwinn’s angled fork is slightly better than
>united’s round crown (a flat crown is ideal, as exist on miyata,
>semcycle xl, and a few others)
>
>I’ve got a schwinn I bought on e-bay. It’s estimated at 25 years old, and
>still rides great. Based on the condition when I got it, I expect the
>original rider didn’t use it much, but I got over a year’s worth of abuse
>in, and the seat and tire were the only things damaged.
>
>Jeff Lutkus
>
>> I am new to unicycling.
>>
>> Right now I am learning on a friend’s Miyata. I would like my own. But
>> being as I do not have $300 to shell out on a unicycle, I have been
>> considering a United unicycle or a Schwinn.
>>
>> Is one much better than the other?

Co-founder, Unatics of NY 1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
2:30 @ Central Park Bandshell

I bought a United Petite (20") from Unicycle.com when I started riding back in May and didn’t know what I was in for. Before I bought it, I posted questions regarding size, and got some good advice. You really have to consider what you want to do with it. But that is hard if you haven’t ridden that much. Consider: Do you want to do freestyle and tricks or get into Muni? The Torker does have the flat top on the frame that will make some tricks easier as apposed to the United as other responses have noted.

For reference, there are two types of United unicycles at Unicycle.com. The lower priced ones have smaller seats. The three models listed as Petite, Medium and the large, all have adult sized seats. These come with the Viscount seats which are firmly padded, but a bit feels narrow when compared to a Miyata seat.

Also consider where you ride. The 20" just doesn’t cut it for “riding around”. It is just too small. I have found the 24" more to my liking if I am not on the driveway. It also seems easier to go slower with the larger wheel.

I thought I wanted to get into tricks, but soon found I wanted to get into hopping and doing drops and other Muni skills. The United would never take that kind of abuse, so I ended up buying the 24" SemXLW which is basically a wider torker frame to handle the 2.6 Gazzolodi.

I never thought I would upgrade so quickly, but I just wasn’t interested in doing tricks. So I found the extra $300 for the XLW.
If you get interested in Muni skills, you will have to upgrade. The United Muni looked good for me, but, the wheel only handles low drops with someone who is under 160lbs. Nick’s (previous response) has a good review of the United Muni.

Check ebay for a while and you will find that some of the better Schwinns sell for around 110 and a little upwards.

Good luck

I appreciate the recommendation.

However: Unicycle.com reports it is for people basically 16 and under. I am far from 16. They did recommend a Semcycle. It is not too out there. A little more than a Schwinn, but not by much.

Also many have asked out i plan to ride. Well, I am looking just to learn at the moment. I do not forsee doing muni or tricks but who knows.

Derek

:smiley:

That’s interesting about the age thing – I am not sure why they’d make
that partic recommendation, but I will reiterate that the Torker has many
advantages:

  1. It’s cheap.
  2. It’s good quality, and it has the frame design that allows a few tricks
    should you decide to try 'em
  3. Related to #1, if you decide you really love unicycling and want to
    upgrade, you have a decent backup uni for the closet. If you decide
    unicycling isn’t for you, you’re out less than a C-note.

Whatever you decide, make sure the post is long enough (this is based on
your inseam). Many adult men need a 400mm post instead of the usual 300cm
post provided.

Once again, you must decide whether to get the 20" or 24", and I’d go with
the larger size for now.

David

forum.member@unicyclist.com writes:
>I appreciate the recommendation.
>
>However: Unicycle.com reports it is for people basically 16 and under. I
>am far from 16. They did recommend a Semcycle. It is not too out there. A
>little more than a Schwinn, but not by much.
>
>Also many have asked out i plan to ride. Well, I am looking just to learn
>at the moment. I do not forsee doing muni or tricks but who knows.
>
>Derek
>
>
>:D
>
>
>David Stone wrote:
> > Sorry to confuse matters, but I must suggest a Torker, either the 20"
> > (better for tricks) or the 24" (better for learning (?) and much
>better
> > for distance). Torkers are cheap ($75-85) and durable. 1-800-UNICYCLe
> > can help with all your queries and they carry most unis, too.
>
>
>–
>Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

Co-founder, Unatics of NY 1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
4:30 @ Central Park Bandshell

i do not understand the age thing either.

I have submitted a query to unicycle.com. Hopefully I will get a response.

I am really thinking about getting one of them, though.

Derek

> Right now I am learning on a friend’s Miyata. I would like my own. But
> being as I do not have $300 to shell out on a unicycle, I have been
> considering a United unicycle or a Schwinn.
>
> Is one much better than the other?

As somebody mentioned, the Schwinn is the more durable one. With very
little care a Schwinn will last almost indefinitely.

But the Schwinn is heavy and not well suited to learning tricks, if that’s
what you intend. The United has the unicrown fork that is also not as good
for tricks. My advice is to get a Torker. The Torker has the square fork
crown you may need, and the low price. The only drawback with the Torker
is some people don’t like the seat. If you’re not sure, you can upgrade
later. Otherwise, just order a Miyata seat at the same time. It should
still be cheaper than a Schwinn that way, and much better for learning
tricks on.

The Torker and Miyata seats are available from Unicycle.com

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

No matter what happens in life, somebody will find a way to take it
too seriously

Ok, the age thing. sorry to confuse you. If your younger, i might suggest
getting a cheeper unicycle because it is very possible you will grow out
of it soon. This is mostly for that United that Im talking about.

Sorry for the confusion.

Nick Cegelka

Pyrotechnick13@yahoo.com

NickLikesFire AIM

http://www.uni-psycho.cityslide.com

— David Stone <dstone@packer.edu> wrote:
> That’s interesting about the age thing – I am not sure why they’d make
> that partic recommendation, but I will reiterate that the Torker has
> many advantages:
> 1. It’s cheap.
> 2. It’s good quality, and it has the frame design that allows a few
> tricks should you decide to try 'em
> 3. Related to #1, if you decide you really love unicycling and want to
> upgrade, you have a decent backup uni for the closet. If you decide
> unicycling isn’t for you, you’re out less than a C-note.
>
> Whatever you decide, make sure the post is long enough (this is based on
> your inseam). Many adult men need a 400mm post instead of the usual
> 300cm post provided.
>
> Once again, you must decide whether to get the 20" or 24", and I’d go
> with the larger size for now.
>
> David
>
> forum.member@unicyclist.com writes:
> >I appreciate the recommendation.
> >
> >However: Unicycle.com reports it is for people
> basically 16 and under. I
> >am far from 16. They did recommend a Semcycle. It
> is not too out there.
> >A little more than a Schwinn, but not by much.
> >
> >Also many have asked out i plan to ride. Well, I am
> looking just to
> >learn at the moment. I do not forsee doing muni or
> tricks but who knows.
> >
> >Derek
> >
> >
> >:D
> >
> >
> >David Stone wrote:
> > > Sorry to confuse matters, but I must suggest a
> Torker, either the 20"
> > > (better for tricks) or the 24" (better for
> learning (?) and much
> >better
> > > for distance). Torkers are cheap ($75-85) and
> durable. 1-800-UNICYCLe
> > > can help with all your queries and they carry
> most unis, too.
> >
> >
> >–
> >Posted via the Unicyclist Community -
> http://unicyclist.com/forums
>
>
>
> Co-founder, Unatics of NY 1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
> 2:30 @ Central Park Bandshell