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Looper
GOLD Member since Feb 2004

Looper

grasshopper in training


Total posts: 124
Posted:Very sorry to any particularly observant readers, i have already posted this in other toys, but thought this may be read quicker. spank
I think i may buy my first unicycle, but actually have no idea about them. Found a 'brand new' one on ebay for AU$70, and am not sure if this is a good price or what to look for? I mean, do they come in different sizes... how do you tell a 'good' unicycle from one that will just fall apart? confused
ubbidea Or can i just pull the front end of an old bike? (sorta... i'm not that silly! ubbloco wink)
Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Please and thank you. wave

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onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield

Total posts: 3252
Posted:First, be wary of buying a unicycle from e-bay, there have been some posts on unicyclist.com forum about bad deals.

You need to do some research; where are you? unicyclist.com has branches in several countries and sells unicycles that are well designed, so check that out.

What are you going to do with it? i.e. just learn to ride a bit or maybe get into muni ('off roading') or do distances on it?

Many people will say 20" wheel for beginners- it's an out of date cliche; a 24" has many advantages especially if you want to ride in the streets or off road.

I wrote a FAQ covering some of the issues with different wheels sizes, its's here: -

http://www.poiinthepark.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=19
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There's links to some excellent unicycle resourses and links to some very inspiring Kris Holm vid clips.

If you're buying new you can get a cheap uni such as: -

http://www.unicycle.uk.com/shop/shopdisplayproduct.asp?catalogid=511
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Fine to learn on, but note from the description that it has 'lollipop bearing holders'; this means that eventually it will break- the frame will develop cracks where the bearing holders fit in.

If you can afford something like this: -

http://www.unicycle.uk.com/shop/shopdisplayproduct.asp?catalogid=485
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then consider it. Nimbus ('Yuni' in the U.S.) unicycles are excellent for the price, my 24"x3 Nimbus has ridden a lot of miles, both on and off road, over the past few years, it's still in excellent shape.

You'll see from the description that it's 'entry level'. that means that you can't land 4 foot drops on it without it breaking. However, for street riding and off roading without such extreme drops it's a superb machine.

It has 'main cap' bearing holders, which means there are no frame cracking issues. (sorry I've no pics of the difference between 'lollipop' and 'main cap' bearing holders, just be aware that there are issues with lollipops)

Read the FAQ, check some sites, take notes; feel free to post further questions and I'll try to answer them. (Please don't pm me; I've been getting a fair few pm's asking about unicycle stuff and I'd rather answer on a public thread cos then more people can get the info).

Good luck, unicycling is great, especially if you get into the outdoor stuff, it can be as life changing as spinning


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Looper
GOLD Member since Feb 2004

Looper

grasshopper in training


Total posts: 124
Posted:Wow, thanks. hug

I was only considering it as a thing to play with in the driveway, to be honest i never really considered off-road unicycling, or actually using it to get places! ubbrollsmile. Presumably you get tired alot quicker then on a bike? I have saved a few hundred dollars for a new bike, but i may be able to donate some to the unicycle if i can justify it as more then a 'toy'. wink Don't know if i really want the attention from passing moterists though. umm

You helped so much. Will do some research of my own ( spank) on the webpages you gave me and if i have any other questions then you will know about it! biggrin
Thank you, thank you! kiss

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onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

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Location: sheffield

Total posts: 3252
Posted:Quote:
...Presumably you get tired alot quicker then on a bike? I have saved a few hundred dollars for a new bike, but i may be able to donate some to the unicycle if i can justify it as more then a 'toy'. wink Don't know if i really want the attention from passing moterists though. umm



No, once you've learned to ride it it can compare favourably to a bike.

That's assuming a big wheel i.e. 24" with fat tire or 28/29", and a lot of hours in the seat.

I've got a bicycle and two unicycles(a 24x3 and a 29"-er) and I'd estimate that I use the unis 95% of the time and the bike 5%.

Bicycles are faster cos you can free wheel down hills, they're also better on roads.

the unicycle has the advantage of being good on pavements/sidewalks and being more fun to ride. You can also carry it into shops etc.

if I need to get somewhere fairly fast, then it's got to be the bike. But, if speed isn't a priority and I want to enjoy the journey, then it's generally one of the unicycles.

Unicycling on the road is only for the very experienced, and really you need at least a 29"-er for it to be practical.

if I were you I'd seriously look into a low end, but decent, 24"-er with a fat tyre, such as the Nimbus. It's the kind of thing that'll be ok for 'playing around in the driveway' but can also be used for a bit of travelling around on, and is great if you get into off roading.


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But you can make the Bastard work for it."

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"Last of The Lancers"
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Mr_Chutney
SILVER Member since Apr 2003

Mr_Chutney

Tosser
Location: Herefordshire

Total posts: 1711
Posted:Lidl currently have a 25 special unicycle offer

http://www.lidl.co.uk/uk/home.nsf/pages/c.o.20080310.p.Unicycle.ar6

I understand cheap cycles are a bad idea often but some feedback on unicyclist.com suggests it might be fine to learn with.

http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68146&highlight=lidl

I'm going to give it a go anyway smile


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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel


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Posted:We noticed that today smile

Shame that we already have one bounce


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house_of_mill
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

house_of_mill

old hand
Location: Manchester England

Total posts: 896
Posted:I work next a lidl they sold bolt cutters one week for 4 then bikelocks the next week for 2.

I've been tempted to get another for the sake of it, 25 is nothing kinda, but like dave said Lollipops are only good when there are in your mouth!


*Thats one of my favourite Nurseries over there,*

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Mr_Chutney
SILVER Member since Apr 2003

Mr_Chutney

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Location: Herefordshire

Total posts: 1711
Posted:In your mouth? Whaaaaa?

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fake teeth and glue
BRONZE Member since Aug 2003

fake teeth and glue

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Location: somewhere

Total posts: 1972
Posted:what if your riding a unicycle while eating a lollipop and you fall off and swallow it, what happens then? ubbrollsmile

you just lost the game!!!!!! !!!!!

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Mr_Chutney
SILVER Member since Apr 2003

Mr_Chutney

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Location: Herefordshire

Total posts: 1711
Posted:OK OK.. you're referring to the forks right? The uni doesn't have lollipop ends.. at least I don't think it does (having done a little reading).

I saw you post over on Unicyclist.com fake t, have you heard any other comments on this particular uni?


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fake teeth and glue
BRONZE Member since Aug 2003

fake teeth and glue

Checking who's online, watching you!
Location: somewhere

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Posted:the lidl one? only what's on uni.com, but for 25 you can't go far wrong, especially if your learning or just want to try it out, even if it falls apart you can find out whether you like it or not. ubbrollsmile

i might buy one and do a "review" that way i have an excuse to buy it biggrin


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Nate
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Nate

Groovy ga watashi no namae desu!
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Total posts: 1530
Posted:i havent really got time to read all this stuff, but i do have a 20" trials uni for sale if anyone is interested pm me!

I like Languages.

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