I’ve lurked here for a while, and then for reasons I joined
If you want to skip my story and jump right to my advice question (don’t blame ya!), kindly jump to the bulleted list below. Please and thank you for any insight!
I’m forty years old and live in Virginia, USA. When I was somewhere in my middle-teens my Mother gave me a unicycle for a Christmas gift. This wasn’t part of our family traditions or anything, so it was very odd but also turned out to be very welcome. At that age I learned truly just enough to ride briefly, and then life happened I guess.
Fast forward to the present.
This year has been a big and great year for me. I’ve been in recovery for about five months, and as part of that recovery I’ve made a pact to get outdoors more. I started kayaking and got back into biking (used to be road biking about a decade ago, but now due to local geography its mountain/trail biking). And I feel great. It feels good to wake up sore again from doing physical activity. I cannot wait for this summer to get going. I think my age is regressing
For some reason the idea of unicycling popped back into my head. And as soon as it entered, I knew it wouldn’t leave. I was always in awe of folks that took unicycles into the woods and did trails. It just seemed so punk-rock-fly-that-freak-flag. I have time due to a very flexible work schedule. My body is probably as strong as it will ever be. Lets do this. Or at least try.
After a reasonable amount of research, I ordered a 24" Nimbus II (the $330 USD model). Seemed to be a middle ground. My 200+ lb. adult body shouldn’t crush it immediately AND if I bail out of the hobby I didn’t drop a cool grand. It’s been a slog, but I’m training ‘little bits lots’ and making fantastic progress. Every week I can do more that I couldn’t do previously.
My entire goal is to get into light muni, so eventually I knew I’d have to upgrade what I have or, most likely, get a new uni. Just today I put a Maxxis Hookworm (24x2.5") on and, when inflated to max PSI, it rubs the fork. I’ve ridden it at lower PSI and I just love it. I love the stability and the entire feel. Plus it looks great, too. This has me thinking about the next step and upgrading my uni.
After quickly adding up some upgraded parts like 150mm cranks and possibly a fork to have clearance for larger tires - it’s clear that I should just buy a whole new setup. Of course, money is always something I want to be thoughtful of, but I do have the funds to spend for this. In other words, I’m not trying to pinch pennies like I was, say, 10 years ago.
This is where I get to asking the advice part. I’ll try to simplify the information with this list of questions:
I am on a 24" wheel now, and want to go up to make trails easier. What is your advice for the best size for light-to-moderate trails AND considering what size will have the greatest tire selection in the near future. I’m thinking 27.5", but I’d love advice.
Before I hear any advice, I’m considering these two cycles (Nimbus 27.5 Oracle [Nimbus 27.5" Oracle Unicycle | Unicycle.com]) and (Nimbus 27.5 Mountain [Nimbus 27.5" Mountain Unicycle - Racing Green | Unicycle.com]). I’m not married to Nimbus as a choice, BUT they’ve been great to me so far. I also don’t need the break or anything yet, but again, room to grow is not the worst thing in my mind. Maybe advice will suggest different.
Any other advice on this would be welcome. I’m slowly transitioning from abandoned parking lots (pavement is often very rough) to grass and gravel and surfaces like that. I’m not in a huge rush, and hugely enjoying the journey
Thanks for reading, and thank you in advance for any insight!!!