RE: Unicyclists in Las Vegas
> way. So, is it better to have a Coker or a 28"/700c unicycle for
> traveling to and from and around campus?
Is that UNLV? I performed there once, at the 1995 IJA Festival, in the big
auditorium on campus.
The Coker is obviously the faster of the two, but it’s less flexible for
stuff other than getting from here to there. It’s not good to do tricks on,
and it can’t hide under your seat in the classroom. A 28" can probably be
brought inside with little or no comment from authorities, and you can also
use it for tricks & stuff (just don’t get a real skinny wheel).
With your relatively short commute and the need to zip around campus, the
28"/700C is what I would probably lean toward.
> Now for the other contraption. What is the best 20"
> freestyler to get?
Easy. A Paul Wyganowski frame. I just got my new one, and have been having
fun coasting around and tottering around doing the stand-up wheel walk that
was much harder with my beat-up old freestyle uni with its 24" frame. It has
a nice place to put your feet. It’s a bit expensive though.
Notching down from there I think I’d recommend the Miyata standard (version
with Primo tire). A close competitor of that one is the Semcycle XL with one
of the upgraded wheels (there are a few choices). The Miyata Deluxe is also
nice, but doesn’t have as much foot support as these other two. Between the
two of those, it’s mostly a choice of seats. I prefer the Miyata seat,
though the handle can get in the way for certain tricks. Some riders cut
them off on their strictly-freestyle unicycles.
The DM Ringmaster Advanced also has a good frame to put your feet on, but
it’s a little heavy and expensive. For the price, it can’t compete with the
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
“This unicycle is made all from lightweight materials. But it uses a lot of
them.” – Cliff Cordy, describing the very heavy new prototype unicycle he
brought on the Downieville Downhill