What size is easer to learn on? Personally I learned on a 20 inch. When I picked up my 24 last weak I noticed how easy it was. Suddenly I could idle and ride backward, two skills I was unable to do on the 20. After one day on my 24 I couldn’t believe what I could do.
What did every one else learn on, and what do you think (or know) is easier to learn on?
By the way, I would make this into a poll but I don’t know how.
I learned on a cheap taiwanese import unicycle. Oh, wait. I still use that uni. Maybe it was pretty good after all. It is a 20 inch uni, and seeing as how I’m almost too small for a 24 incher, it seemed only logical that i get a 20 inch. I can now ride 24 inchers, but I have noticed that they are harder to turn. That’s just the way I am. I’m not sure if other people have noticed this. there’s my two cents.
>What size is easer to learn on? Personally I learned on a 20 inch.
>When I picked up my 24 last weak I noticed how easy it was. Suddenly I
>could idle and ride backward, two skills I was unable to do on the 20.
>After one day on my 24 I couldn’t believe what I could do.
>What did every one else learn on, and what do you think (or know) is
>easier to learn on?
My experience is the reverse. I learned on a 24", and was struggling
for some time with backward riding and idling it. On a 20" that I
borrowed it was so much easier. After that, it relatively easily
transferred to the 24". (Hey, maybe it is just the CHANGE of size.)
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A very common question, and kind of hard to answer. For general purposes, I tell people “the size you have.” This answers it for beginners with only one unicycle. I don’t think it’s much of a difference, if any, unless you are too small for the 24".
Interesting. But was it the unicycle, or was it you? Perhaps the experience of a different sized wheel was enough to help your brain “click” on some aspects of riding that weren’t clear from the dimension of a person who had only ever ridden one size of wheel before. Does that make any sense? Because I’m sure I’ve heard similar from people who learned on a 24" and found the 20" made things easier for them as well.
I started learning on a 16" P.O.S. with hard plastic tire and tricycle cranks. Later I rode a Schwinn Giraffe (20"). One isolated time in between, I got on a Schwinn 24" and cruised 100 meters down my street. Inconclusive, but my experience is definite proof that Troxel is a brand to avoid, especially if you can’t already ride. It’s amazing I didn’t give up permanently, instead of a dozen or so temporary times! Those tricycle-technology unicycles probably do more harm to our sport than good.
Thank you for not. No offense to Gilby, but those things are a waste of time. I haven’t seen one yet with enough participation in it to even start to show a trend. And usually people ask questions that are mushy enough that the statistical results couldn’t be used to prove much anyway. Better to talk it out.
This thread has been helpful to me. My hubby has expressed some interest in
learning to unicycle, so I thought I’d get one for him for Christmas. Upon
searching I learned there are far too many questions I need answers to.
Size has been one of them. It seems from the replies that it really varies
with each person and that if he sticks with it he’ll get it eventually and
then can try other sizes later…
So, that leaves me with my next two unanswerable questions:
Which brand? or which brands to avoid?
Do I get a cheap used beat up model, since he’ll likely damage it a lot
while learning? Or would he learn better on a newer bike?
1.) Buy a Torker 24" if your husband is 5’4" or taller. It is the more “universal” size. Choose the appropriate seatpost length for him. Get an upgrade to a Viscount seat for $20. Do NOT buy a Savage unicycle or a used unicycle with cottered cranks.
2.) He will only damage the seat and pedals most likely. If you buy him a new unicycle you can replace the badly worn stuff for a total of about $30 later on.
3.) No, you may not call it a bike. Bite your tongue.
A few weeks after I had the 26, I tried a friend’s 24 and found it to be ‘the ideal size’.
Now I have a 28 and 36 too, but I still return to the 24 regularly.
For ease of pedalling, a 20 is more or less identical to a 24. For stability, the taller wheel has the edge.
Once you can ride, the 24 is far more versatile and ‘tuneable’.
I’d suggest most people would learn more quickly on a better quality unicycle - they would treat it with more respect, and find it more ‘responsive’.
No sense in going for top of the range, but at UK prices, I’d say pay over 100 quid and under 150 for a first uni. I don’t know US prices, but, for comparison, at UK prices, unis are available in local bike shops from 50 quid. So pay about twice the price of the cheapest you can find. ;0)
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From: Mikefule <Mikefule.firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I learned on a mediocre 20 inch uni.
> My next uni was a 26.
> A few weeks after I had the 26, I tried a friend’s 24 and found it to be
> ‘the ideal size’.
> Now I have a 28 and 36 too, but I still return to the 24 regularly.
> For ease of pedalling, a 20 is more or less identical to a 24. For
> stability, the taller wheel has the edge.
> Once you can ride, the 24 is far more versatile and ‘tuneable’.
> I’d suggest most people would learn more quickly on a better quality
> unicycle - they would treat it with more respect, and find it more
> No sense in going for top of the range, but at UK prices, I’d say pay
> over 100 quid and under 150 for a first uni. I don’t know US prices,
> but, for comparison, at UK prices, unis are available in local bike
> shops from 50 quid. So pay about twice the price of the cheapest you
> can find. ;0)
> 20 or 24, it will be a fun and rewarding hobby.
> Mikefule - Roland Hope School of Unicycling
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a member of the juggling club recently approached me, wanting to learn how to ride a unicycle (another convert, yes!!)
as an experiment i thought i’d give him my 24 to learn on and then compare his experiences with other recent converts
sadly, his practise time has been severly curtailed due to a sudden onset of the real world and he’s only been able to practise sporadically
last i saw, he was riding about 10m or so
i suggested he try the 20 for the sake of comparison and he mentioned that it is easier to make bolder moves on the 20, making it easier for him to maintain balance
he easily doubled his previous best distance on the 24
i second johnfoss’ statement that the best size is the one u have
I think that the best size is the one you DON’T have, I think that change is what makes the difference. Many people that learned on a 20" say that when they tried a 24" it was much better for doing tricks etc. People that learned on a 24" say that a 20" is better. Since I’ve been riding a 16" since I started, and my stealth torker won’t be here till tonight, I haven’t tried it. But riding on my uni backwards (fat part of the seat in front) is much better for turns, seat out in front, and turns. Ok, I’ll stop rambling now. :Oþ
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From: Klaas Bil <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 7:14 PM
Subject: Re: What size is easer to learn on?
> On Sun, 17 Nov 2002 20:55:40 -0600, harper
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >Lowell Terry wrote:[color=darkred]
> >> *What is a quid?
> >> *
> >Quid is to pound sterling as buck is to dollar.
> Lowell, may I kindly suggest that you could make a note of this
> answer. About 6 weeks ago you asked the same (thread “English terms”
> started by yourself) and Harper provided the same response.
> Klaas Bil
> The life span of a tastebud is ten days.[/color]
Gee, I wouldn’t want to be a tastebud. I’m sorry about repeating myself.
I guess my memory is growing shorter by the day. But the term “quid”
is such a strange term to me.