umm.. how to change the tire?

Umm. my question is, How exactly do you change the tire on a uni? My pride
and joy is a wonderfully cheap Cyclepro 24" model. Do I just take off one
of the cranks or do I unscrew the bolt-thingies that are near the bottom
of the frame on both sides? I’ve never actually taken the thing apart.
Also, is a regular mountain bike tire ok to use? I have two tires left
over from my now defunct 24" mountain bike that I would like to use. My
boy scout troop is doing a biking campout (nothing real hard, just some
simple trails in a nearby park) next month and I’d like to ride my uni
along. Hopefully my $80 uni will hold up to the challenge … (we’ll see!)
Anyway, I’ll be out of practice due to my collarbone still being broken.
Broken bones suck, as I’m sure the guy with the 12 ft. uni can attest to…
oh well. :slight_smile: Thanks again…

Joshua Lotz glenhillco@iname.com (Unicyclist and banjo player extroidanaire)

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Re: umm… how to change the tire?

When selecting a tire to use look for one that does not have a raised center
ridge. Some knobby tires have a raised center ridge to give them a smooth riding
surface when riding on pavement. That ridge is very bad for unicycles. You will
always be riding on one side or the other of the ridge and never right on it. It
makes it impossible to ride staight. Tires with a round profile are best.

Knobby tires work just fine on a uni. Some tread designs make for a rough ride
when on pavement, but in the dirt they are fine. Some experimentation may be
needed to find your favorite tread design.

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Re: umm… how to change the tire?

Yep, just unscrew those (4?) bolts at the base of the forks and the wheel should
slide out. I just put a knobby tire on mine this weekend. It is a bit more
difficult for me to control (but I’m barely in control as it is) but the monster
looking treads boosts my ego. Sort of like what I imagine driving a monster
truck would do to your psyche - you know - really get you going. Brian Berlin
Austin, TX

Re: umm… how to change the tire?

Joshua,

Yes, you have to unscrew the bolt thingies. The bearing mounts will then slip
out of the frame, you can then replace the tire and tube as you would a bike
tire. Be carefuk when you put the uni back together that you don’t damage the
threads in the bearing holders. They can easily be stripped. My first Muni was
an old Cyclepro style uni. The first knobby tires I used on it were from an old
defunct 24" bike as well.

I am glad to hear that you will be taking it out on a ride with your Scout
Troop. I am a Scoutmaster and often ride a uni on rides with my troop. I am
currently doing Cycling merit badge with some of the Scouts. The rides are all
on roads or paved trails and I have been riding my Coker. On the first outing
they pulled away going down hill, thinking the nutty Scoutmaster will never keep
up. I am tempted to really push to keep up, but a high speed crash on a Coker is
not my idea of fun. After the first couple up hills I usually catch up. I have
gone on Mountain bike rides with the troop as well. I ride my 26" Pashley on
those. I have to ride as fast as I can to keep up, it is a great workout.

There are 10 - 12 Scouts in our troop who also ride unis. My son brough his
first uni to a Camporee a few years ago and everyone lined up to try
it. Now, I often bring a couple old unis along on campouts for Scouts to learn
on. I have taken them on a couple Muni rides, and we occasionally ride in
parades. But, I haven’t been able to convince any of them to ride their unis
on outings with the other Scouts.

Good luck,

John Hooten

p.s. One of the Assistant Scoutasters also learned to ride as a kid. He plays
the banjo as well. Sometimes I can convince him to do them both at the
same time. jh

glenhillco@iname.com wrote:

> Umm. my question is, How exactly do you change the tire on a uni? My pride
> and joy is a wonderfully cheap Cyclepro 24" model. Do I just take off one
> of the cranks or do I unscrew the bolt-thingies that are near the bottom
> of the frame on both sides? I’ve never actually taken the thing apart.
> Also, is a regular mountain bike tire ok to use? I have two tires left
> over from my now defunct 24" mountain bike that I would like to use. My
> boy scout troop is doing a biking campout (nothing real hard, just some
> simple trails in a nearby park) next month and I’d like to ride my uni
> along. Hopefully my $80 uni will hold up to the challenge … (we’ll see!)
> Anyway, I’ll be out of practice due to my collarbone still being broken.
> Broken bones suck, as I’m sure the guy with the 12 ft. uni can attest to…
> oh well. :slight_smile: Thanks again…
>
> Joshua Lotz glenhillco@iname.com (Unicyclist and banjo player extroidanaire)
>
> Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ Before you buy.

Re: umm… how to change the tire?

John Hooten wrote:
>
> Yes, you have to unscrew the bolt thingies. The bearing mounts will then slip
> out of the frame, you can then replace the tire and tube as you would a bike
> tire. Be carefuk when you put the uni back together that you don’t damage the
> threads in the bearing holders. They can easily be stripped.

Also make sure you put the wheel back in the correct way round (the cranks
should be marked somehow as left and right).

This seems to be a common problem with the kids at our club (the parents end up
doing all the maintenance on their kids’ unicycles, and don’t really have a
clue). Pedals frequently come unscrewed as a result.

    - Richard