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Topic: Beginner Unicycle
Message: Posted by: APC (Aug 4, 2009 08:16PM)
Hey all, I decided that I want to learn to ride a unicycle. I just want to be able to ride around, nothing fancy. I've been searching for good ways to learn but there is a ton of info and thought the Café might be a good place to ask. What unicycles would you recommend?
Thanks,
Adam
Message: Posted by: SeasideShowman (Aug 5, 2009 07:59AM)
" What unicycles would you recommend?
Thanks,
Adam "

Anything you can get for free to start with. You may find that unicycles aren't your thing. No sense throwing away good money ... search Café' for similar topics.

Cap'n Mike
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Message: Posted by: mark1991 (Aug 5, 2009 11:15AM)
Hi Adam,

I started out by buying a cheap unicycle, 20" wheel, from eBay. 20" seems to be the standard for learning on, and I found that if you buy one you are more inclined to learn properly.

As for learning, it won't be an easy process and will certainly take time, but you will get there! I managed to learn, even though I couldn't ride a normal bike (still can't as a matter of fact). I now perform knife juggling on it, so if I can learn, you definitely can!

Hope this helps - if you want any more advice, you can message me or just post something else in this thread. Always happy to help!

Take care

Mark
Message: Posted by: SeasideShowman (Aug 6, 2009 04:45PM)
Mark1991 said, "... and I found that if you buy one you are more inclined to learn properly."

Great point Mark !!

The Cap'n
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Message: Posted by: Daniel Santos (Aug 8, 2009 08:42PM)
I would go with any sort of standard 20". I started to learn on a 16" simply 'cause that's what I had. I invested in a 20" during that time and what a difference it made! I still have that 20" Torker, and I've replaced the tire with a mountain bike tire to make riding outdoors more comfortable. If you "just want to be able to ride around" I would recommend at least a 20" or a tad larger, 24" or 26".

I would take a quick look at the following: http://www.unicycletoday.com/wheel-size.html, http://www.jugglingstore.com/store/about/unicycle.html, http://www.unicycle.co.nz/View.php?action=Page&Name=Selectingaunicycle.
Message: Posted by: Juliegel (Sep 4, 2009 11:00PM)
I also agree that buying a unicycle makes you more inclined to learn it. I wanted to learn to play the Ukulele so I bought a $300 one. If I am going to spend that kind of money then I am going to learn how.

I personaly use a Sun 30" wheel as I find it is good for long distance.


As always,
Dylan
Message: Posted by: Pokie-Poke (Sep 5, 2009 09:57PM)
Love my Torker 24"
Message: Posted by: Louis.P.M (Sep 17, 2009 04:08PM)
They say the smaller the wheel, the easiest it is to keep the balance.
20'' is pretty much the standard. I learned on a cheap 24'' so I'm proof that there is no absolute beginner unicycle.

Also, if you want to do trials (Stunt jumping, obstacle courses) then a strong 20'' is what you need. Qu-Ax has some fair prices but you may have to buy a ISIS hub and cranks to sustain the heavy jumping.