Hello everybody, I’m sort of a beginner around here. I bought my first last week, I’m finally starting to pick it up now:D , It’s a blast. My uni choice was the torker 24’’ black unistar. I’m just wondering if anybody has some tips for maintaning my uni so it will last "for years to come.’’ Such as places that need to be greased, things that need to be tightened, or areas that may wear out fast.
The only thing i can recomend is to only take the unicycle places that it can handel, don’t try doing any dropoffs or hops or anything that is going to break stuff. Get another uni for this sort of thing. Depending on the amount that you ride and how much abbuse you give it the uni should last for ever, you will still have to replace some parts like the tire (but thats a given no matter what) also to avoide rust or anyting like that dry it down after you ride.
Good luck unicycling is a great and rewarding sport, I know this because other people have told me, im yet to find out…
Good choice for a starter uni. After a year and a half of riding, I still love my black torker. As far as maintenance goes, I’d say that you should check the spoke tension once in a while and make sure the crank nuts and pedals are tight and greased. It’s also a good idea to make sure the bearing holders are snug and evenly tightened (but not overly tightened).
You can expect the uni to last for a while if you don’t abuse it too much. Tires, tubes, pedals, and that dang cheap handle are parts that might break. But they aren’t too costly to replace.
Common things to look for on your unicycle when you’re a beginner (actually anytime, but applies for beginners and doesn’t get into “later” stuff):
Make sure the wheel is not on backwards. This means your right ® pedal is on the right-hand side of the seat as viewed from the top. Most unicycles have “R” and “L” stamped on either the crank, the threaded end of the pedal, or the greasy part of the pedal where the wrench goes. Unskilled assemblers have a 50% chance of putting the wheel on backward.
Check tightness of components during break-in, and periodically. Common problem areas are loose pedals (usually means wheel is backward), crank arms, spokes, bearing bolts.
Most unicycles use cotterless crank arms. There is usally a plastic dust cap at the axle, which can be removed with a coin or appropriately sized hex wrench. Behind this is a nut, usually 14mm. Keep these real tight. They may come loose periodically, which is relatively normal for unicycles. Learn to recognize if your’re riding with loose pedals or cranks (you can feel it).
If spokes are loose, you may hear creaking noises that repeat with each wheel rotation (when your weight is on it).
Bearing holder bolts may come loose and fall off, so check them from time to time to make sure they don’t.
That’s a brief synopsis. Most modern unicycles use sealed bearings, and there is no need for grease.
Don’t hop from too high or land at an angle, because the black unistar rim can’t take it. I tacoed mine within two months, maybe three. Go easy on it, and buy a trials unicycle if your into that sort of stuff.
Did you have the Torker wheel trued and tensioned at a bike shop?
Mass produced machine built wheels (like the Torker wheel) are notorious for having loose spokes. It’s a good idea to take a new wheel that has been built by a machine to a local bike shop and have them tension up all of the spokes. A wheel with loose spokes will taco if you’re doing drops and jumps.
If you get the spokes on the Torker wheel fixed up it should be a descent wheel.
oil it every now and again
make sure your seat bolts are tight
pedals arn’t worn down so you have grip
be nice to it and it’ll be nice to you… if yr lucky… some unicycles can give nasty pedal bites when they want i still have the scars to prove it…
Most likely the shop did not tighten up all the spokes.
Since you bought the cycle there you may be able to get a discount on the labor to have them do the work. It’s a real quick job for them especially if the wheel is new and already true. Let them know that you want all of the spokes tensioned up and that you’re going to be rough on the wheel and don’t want it to taco when you jump off things.
When I get a new stock unicycle that has a machine built wheel the first thing I do is take the uni to a bike shop and have them tighten up all of the spokes.