what to buy?

I called around to the bike shops in the area without much luck. About 4 or 5
shops can order them, the problem is, none of them know what brands they are!
How do they expect someone to make up one’s mind without knowing that?

The prices are pretty close - $90 to $111 for 24 inch ones. I’m not looking for
any competition stuff, just something to play on. The one name I heard was
“Timberland” or something similar to that.

Could anyone fill me in on the brands that are currently available?( I have the
FAQ, so what I’m really looking for is what shops would probably be able to get
easily). Would a uni in that price range be worth buying?

One shop has a used one for $65, I think I’ll go look at that and see what it
looks like. The guy claims it’s well built.

FWIW, there is virtually NO unicycle presence in this area. I knew 2 guys that
had unis when I had mine, and one kid that had one when I first got mine. Those
are the only ones I’ve ever seen in this area. I haven’t had one for at least 15
years, probably closer to 20…

Dishheads, dishheads, roly poly dishheads!

Re: what to buy?

A simple word of advice to anyone wanting to buy a unicycle:

Do NOT buy a unicycle from a bicycle shop. Do NOT, do NOT, do NOT!!!

You will simply be throwing your money away. All unicycles sold in bike stores
are made by bicycle manufacturers who don’t know the first thing about building
a solid unicycle.

Even if you only want it for a little recreation, buy a decent unicycle.
I recommend Semcycle, but miyata and some others are good too. Don’t buy
a norco!!!

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Re: what to buy?

> You will simply be throwing your money away. All unicycles sold in bike stores
> are made by bicycle manufacturers who don’t know the first thing about
> building a solid unicycle.

    I don't know if I completely agree, Schwin used to make a really good
    uni (unfortunately, they don't anymore). But people around here have had
    some Schwin's for years without any undue problems (except for that guy
    who insisted on riding off of 3 foot drops repeatedly...).

                                                    - John Larkin

Re: what to buy?

> > You will simply be throwing your money away. All unicycles sold in bike
> > stores are made by bicycle manufacturers who don’t know the first thing
> > about building a solid unicycle.
>
> I don’t know if I completely agree, Schwin used to make a really good
> uni (unfortunately, they don’t anymore). But people around here have had
> some Schwin’s for years without any undue problems (except for that guy
> who insisted on riding off of 3 foot drops repeatedly…).

I have to concur that, generally, bike maunfacturers seem to make unis for a
laugh - as something silly to put in back of their catalogue - and not to
produce a well-engineered machine. My comments on UK suppliers in the FAQ still
apply, I feel. Pashley make bikes and their unicycles are not up to scratch, and
don’t begin to compete with DM (even DM’s most basic model). Even the redesigned
Pashley (sold as the Absolute in the UK) doesn’t come close. Bike shops only
know what bike makers tell them; I would trust a specialist juggling or uni
shop, but not the local bike shop.

The difference is that, if Pashley don’t sell unis, they just go back to
churning out delivery bikes for the Post Office. If DM or Sem don’t sell unis,
they go out of business; design matters to them, and things like after-sales
spares support should matter to you, the buyer.

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Re: what to buy?

On Thu, 2 Mar 1995 14:56:21 -0500 (EST) in Newsgroup: Email you wrote:
: A simple word of advice to anyone wanting to buy a unicycle:

: Do NOT buy a unicycle from a bicycle shop. Do NOT, do NOT, do NOT!!!

: You will simply be throwing your money away. All unicycles sold in bike stores
: are made by bicycle manufacturers who don’t know the first thing about
: building a solid unicycle.

: Even if you only want it for a little recreation, buy a decent unicycle. I
: recommend Semcycle, but miyata and some others are good too. Don’t buy a
: norco!!!

How much are Semcycles and Miyatas? I’m looking for a 24". I’ll probably buy
this used one to get started and save for a good one.

Dishheads, dishheads, roly poly dishheads!

Re: what to buy?

: A simple word of advice to anyone wanting to buy a unicycle:

: Do NOT buy a unicycle from a bicycle shop. Do NOT, do NOT, do NOT!!!

: You will simply be throwing your money away. All unicycles sold in bike stores
: are made by bicycle manufacturers who don’t know the first

  • >: thing about building a solid unicycle.

hmmmm… My unicycle is from a bike shop and it has the design of the bearing
going up into the fork and being bolted there where in time it will crack and
also make creaky noises. I did not know this before and now I do, and when I get
the cash to get a good unicycle I will. So there.

Scott

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