Hi, I’m Dawson from Calgary, Alberta (Canada).
I have been lurking on this forum for maybe a week or so. My son got me on to it. In particular I had a question about upgrading my new unicycle frame with an ISIS hub/crank setup.
I started unicycling last year at the age of 55 with my son’s old 20" unicycle. Then I ended up buying a couple of used ones, both in somewhat non-working order. The 24" unicycle was cheaply made and after less than 50km on it I broke the frame. So I started looking at making a unicycle out of the old frame and the front forks from an old bicycle.
My son and I did something like that earlier so that he could have a 26" unicycle to ride. He built the 26inch wheel with spokes that were too large, so he wrapped them around the flange a bit. He also used bolts to bolt the old 20" frame to the front fork of a MTB that I had broken the stem quill on in winter riding. Later on I gained access to a MIG/Fluxcore welder and welded the frame together. I think we called that one Frankenuni.
Then, my son got a 27.5" unicycle from Mad4one - it cost a lot of money, but it is a beautiful machine. So, somewhat recently I got a fairly nice QX series aluminum frame (27.5") - I ended up paying about half price for it, and just recently bought a Nimbus ISIS steel hub (36H), and a QU-AX ISIS crank for it from the UDC UK store — thanks to everyone on the forum, especially my son, and Roger from the UDC UK store whom I emailed back and forth a bit.
Ok, enough about the tinkering, and equipment. I long to be able to ride well. There are times when I’m in the groove and I don’t even realise I’m riding a unicycle, but most of the time I wobble and fight to stay ballanced, sigh. Sometimes my freemounting is 100%, and other times I shake my head wondering if I’ll ever get it.
And thanks community for you help already.