uni question

Greetings:

I am fairly good bicyclist and a novice uni rider at age 50 and am fascinated by
unicycling in general.

My uni is an older model 24 in. Schwinn that I purchased at a flea market about
7 weeks ago. I am just learning to ride…two or three blocks
down the street is good for me…mounting and turning are still
tough…but I’m getting there!

I’m already considering purchasing a better uni…a Myiata or perhaps a
Semcycle. My primary goal in unicycling is to be able to ride
comfortably…perhaps a mile or two to the gym …or to work… or
maybe a few miles eventually . I’m not interested in tricks per/se. Should I
consider a 26" wheel or stick with the 24 incher? Is there a big difference? Any
suggestions?

Thanks, John

Re: uni question

John Dempsey wrote:

. Should I consider a 26" wheel or stick
> with the 24 incher? Is there a big difference? Any suggestions?
>
> Thanks, John

the 26 inch cycle will make your cycle adaptable to all the nice MTB goodies,
like 41mm Snowcat rims, nice cranks, studded Nokia tires, and all manner of
other tires. The larger wheel lets you use 170mm cranks which give you 20
percent more torque than the longest crank on a 24 with the same ground
clearance.

i started out on a 24 and they are fine for most things, but the 26 is the best
for uncomplicated outdoor stuff. And for the real gnarly, a 20 inch is best but
who wants to ride one of those when it isn’t ?

Re: uni question

> Greetings:
>
> I am fairly good bicyclist and a novice uni rider at age 50 and am fascinated
> by unicycling in general.
>
> My uni is an older model 24 in. Schwinn that I purchased at a flea market
> about 7 weeks ago. I am just learning to ride…two or three
> blocks down the street is good for me…mounting and turning are still
> tough…but I’m getting there!

Congratulations. You’ve made it through the hard part.

>
> I’m already considering purchasing a better uni…a Myiata or perhaps a
> Semcycle. My primary goal in unicycling is to be able to ride
> comfortably…perhaps a mile or two to the gym …or to work…
> or maybe a few miles eventually . I’m not interested in tricks per/se. Should
> I consider a 26" wheel or stick with the 24 incher? Is there a big difference?
> Any suggestions?

Assuming that your Schwinn is in good shape, you don’t really need a new
unicycle at all. Schwinns are heavy but solid and last a long time.

Having said that, if you want to buy a new unicycle, it would make sense to get
a 26" or 28" wheel for distance riding. For 3-5 miles a 24" unicycle is fine,
but if you want a newer one you might as well get a bigger wheel so that you
have 2 unicycles that will do different things.

Beirne