My first unicycle?

My first unicycle?

Post by xchip » Tue, 30 Sep 2008 05:32:59


Hi everyone !
Was wondering what sort of unicycle i should be looking at, as a first
unicycle.
I have never tried it before , however its something ive been wanting a
go at for some time.
Im not really interested in riding trials or anything like that... If i
did get good at it, id be more interested in street + flatland.
2 have so far, caught my eye.
http://tinyurl.com/45963e
" the trainer unicycle"
However wouldnt the round forks on the above be no good for any stand
up tricks ? ( thats if i got that far ;)

Or there is this
http://tinyurl.com/3kjkgr
Sure the club freestyle looks pretty nice, and similar equipment... But
is the frame strong enough ? Im like 13 stone....

Can anyone see any difference in spec?

Thank guys and girls :)

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My first unicycle?

Post by _Ground_Zero » Tue, 30 Sep 2008 08:40:27

The Torker LX 20" is arguably the best begginner cycle there is (some
people say the club is the best), I've ridden it and all my friends who
I've gotten to start unicycling have started on that. The club and
Torker will both serve you for learning but if you want to get into
street, they'll break once you start hopping around 5 stair sets. For
flatland it should serve you well for a while. I'd recommend getting the
Torker LX, and once you think you're ready for a newer, better unicycle,
get it and keep the LX as a freestyle unicycle.

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My first unicycle?

Post by OneWheelLes » Tue, 30 Sep 2008 09:00:41

I would say go with either the club freestyle, or the torker lx if you
don't want to put out the bucks for a uni w/ an isis hub.

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My first unicycle?

Post by mikepento » Tue, 30 Sep 2008 09:24:55

I'm not sure why you're being recommended the Torker LX as it's not
either of the ones that you've suggested or widely available in the UK.
My personal preference of the two would be the Club, weight shouldn't
be a problem and it's got the flat crown you hope to need ;-)

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My first unicycle?

Post by _Ground_Zero » Tue, 30 Sep 2008 10:02:30

Oh, weird, never knew that the Torker LX wasn't widely available in the
UK, my bad. The club would probably be the best purchase then :)

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My first unicycle?

Post by xchip » Wed, 01 Oct 2008 06:19:09

Hi
Thanks for the welcome and comments/suggestions. I hope to be able to
get into the scene, it would be great to be able to ride aswel as maybe
sometime do a few little tricks !
Yeah i couldnt really seem to find the torker over here... Will the
club be strong enough for what i need? I cant quote the site that i read
it on, but im pretty sure i read it was for people under 11 stone ?! Im
probably wrong....
Regards
Mark

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Post by skilewis7 » Wed, 01 Oct 2008 09:03:08

The Club will be plenty strong, as long as you use it for learning,
freestyle, and the occasional curb, it could last for years.  W/ the
short cranks it comes it'll be harder to learn (but better for
freestyle), so I'd get some 'cheap 150 cranks'
(http://tinyurl.com/nah8j) w/ it.

If you jump off stuff or do lots of hopping it'll break much quicker
(ie flat is much harder on equipment than freestyle, so stuff would
start to break).

For doing stuff like flat, street, and trials most prefer a trials
wheel, but for the first two some like a 20" better.  So if you go this
direction, you could upgrade to 'splined hub/cranks'
(http://tinyurl.com/3nynh6), but you'll have to get the 40 mm bearing
races to fit 42 mm bearings (shimming or grinding the races).

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My first unicycle?

Post by xchip » Wed, 01 Oct 2008 09:17:00

Ta for the advice.
Just so you know, I got bored and wanted one now ! So ive just ordered
this :

http://tinyurl.com/3roy8a

In red.
May also get some larger cranks to start with :) What ya think ?

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My first unicycle?

Post by skilewis7 » Wed, 01 Oct 2008 10:37:39

I would.  In addition for learning they'd be better for learning to ride
backwards, help friends to learn and trials.

It's quite strong, aside from the cranks.  I'm not sure if it'll have
enough crown clearance but for trials or street you may want to get
'this ' (http://tinyurl.com/4awbb5)tire.  ('these '
(http://tinyurl.com/3trg8m)will 'fit' (http://tinyurl.com/4p46dl))

(All ISIS)
Strong 'KH' (http://tinyurl.com/325wkv) (least Q-F), 'Qu-Ax ChroMo'
(http://tinyurl.com/ywhq5l) (most Q-F), or 'Onza'
(http://tinyurl.com/32hdbc)  

'Not  strong' (http://tinyurl.com/2oqekq) (prob comparable the the
stock ones)

Q-F: Q-Factor.  More of it gives more control at slow speeds but more
wobble at high speeds (riding fast, flip tricks, or -REALLY -skinny
skinnies).

You will bend the Onzas if you do big drops w/ them.

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(http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/levels/)*'
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My first unicycle?

Post by xchip » Fri, 03 Oct 2008 03:31:27

Thanks for that , im guessing what you are saying, a wider tire will
give me slightly more stability right?
Will see how i go.... had a ride on it earlier , that things dangerous
:D Managed to get a few wheel rotations forward , if you know what i
mean :) ...
anyway gota go... am going on it now, in a nice warm underground car
park :D

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