Which of these two?

Hi, My eight year old daughter wants to ride a unicycle. Great! I’m a very
supportive mom, so we went to the local Schwinn dealer and looked at the only
one they have. A 20" that was about 4 inches too high for her with the seat all
the way down. So we hunted the internet for a 16". We’ve narrowed it down to
two: A super cheapie (what if she gives up before she ever gets the hang of
riding) I found at: http://www.ageebike.com/Unicycle.htm OR a nice one she found
at: http://members.aol.com/semcycle/unicycles.html#top

Can any of you experienced riders tell if the cheaper bike looks like it would
make learning more difficult or even unsafe? I would prefer spending less as
she’ll probably be needing a larger bike in the near future and I could get a
better one then, but I’d like to make the learning part of unicycle riding as
painless (literally) as possible. Thanks for letting me ramble, any advice
would be a great help! Rena’s Mom

Re: Which of these two?

In a message dated 2/27/99 12:27:57 AM, j.kwikit@ix.netcom.com wrote:

> My eight year old daughter wants to ride a unicycle. Great! I’m a very
> supportive mom, so we went to the local Schwinn dealer and looked at the only
> one they have. A 20" that was about 4 inches too high for her with the seat
> all the way down. So we hunted the internet for a 16". We’ve narrowed it down
> to two: A super cheapie (what if she gives up before she ever gets the hang of
> riding) I found at: http://www.ageebike.com/Unicycle.htm OR a nice one she
> found at: http://members.aol.com/semcycle/unicycles.html#top
>
> Can any of you experienced riders tell if the cheaper bike looks like it would
> make learning more difficult or even unsafe? I would prefer spending less as
> she’ll probably be needing a larger bike in the near future and I could get a
> better one then, but I’d like to make the learning part of unicycle riding as
> painless (literally) as possible. Thanks for letting me ramble, any advice
> would be a great help! Rena’s Mom

You can also purchase a Tiawannese uni from the Unicycle Factory (ph.
#765-452-2692) approx. $80 plus shipping. The bolts need occasional
tightening but it doesn’t make a difference in learning. I would recommend
purchasing a quick release to keep the seat post from getting loose if it
doesn’t already come with one (Schwinns & Semcycle Deluxes don’t need one). Keep
in mind if you decide to sell the 16", the resale value would be higher on a
semcycle (that is if kept in good condition, ie. inside out of the rain) than
the cheaper brand.

I am not certain, but I believe that if you purchase a 24" uni with the short
seatpost, the inseam would be shorter than the 20". Measure your daughter’s
inseam & check with one of the unicycle dealers. This way you can avoid having
to purcahse 2 unicycles altogether.

btw–I was very eager to get a unicycle when I was ll yrs. old. My father wasn’t
& said that I’d probably ride it once & never ride it again. that x- mas I did
get one, then when I was in college & I mentioned riding, he told me he believed
me and I could stop riding it. After 24 years, I still rub it in his face :-).

Universally yours, Unicycle Lady http://members.aol.com/unilady/

RE: Which of these two?

> My eight year old daughter wants to ride a unicycle. Great! I’m a very
> supportive mom, so we went to the local Schwinn dealer and looked at the
> only one they have. A 20" that was about 4 inches too high for her with
> the seat all the way down. So we hunted the internet for a 16". We’ve
> narrowed it down to two: A super cheapie (what if she gives up before she
> ever gets the hang of riding) I found at:
> http://www.ageebike.com/Unicycle.htm OR a nice one she found at:
> http://members.aol.com/semcycle/unicycles.html#top
>
> Can any of you experienced riders tell if the cheaper bike looks like it
> would make learning more difficult or even unsafe?

Each of the above should be about the same to learn on. As with most things, you
get what you pay for, and the Semcycle (XL in this case) is a better assemblage
of parts. The Semcycle will hold up a little better than the other one, but for
short term, either will work fine.

Stay on top,

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com