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    Unicycling anyone...

    I just got a new unicycle, got it for 50bucks on ebay Torker CX 24. It should be arriving tommarrow. I had an old unicycle i bought for ten bucks, it was too small so i decided to get a new one.

    Does anyone else out there have any experiences or unicycling tips etc. They want to share.

    I was also curious if there was a way to figure out the gear inches equivalent for unicycling.

    Thanks

    Heres a pic

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    ha, i just learned to ride my friends uni today, i can go like a whole block. he rides uni trials and has a really beaffy one with a 3" tire on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtjumpP.1
    ha, i just learned to ride my friends uni today, i can go like a whole block. he rides uni trials and has a really beaffy one with a 3" tire on it
    If you check out this site they have a ton of different ones. I was pretty amazed to see that people acutally get pretty crazy on these things. Some cool movies on that page.

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    There were a bunch of unicyclists who did the Strawberry Fields Metric Century last Sunday.
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    Gear inches = tire circumfrence.

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    Mark my words, when the singlespeed and fixed gear fad dies out, it'll be unicycles and highwheelers all the way...
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    heres a picture of noah

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    i want a unicycle so bad, we have bikefest the last week of june here in pittsburgh and there's gonna be a unicycle class deal, so i'm gonna be all over that. i think those ultimate wheels are crazy looking though, that ones that have the pedals attached to the thick inside of the wheel, that one is dumb though, that's just a front bmx wheel with metal platforms to stand on for $150, I could peice one of those together out of a bmx wheel and some pegs

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    I've got a couple torker unicycles at work. They are pretty nice unicycles! They have cotterless cranks, decent hubs, comfy seats with plastic bumpers (good for beginners, so you don't tear up the seat upholstry), and so on. They aren't the best unicycles, but they are a great value, and are the perfect way to see if you like unicycling. Anything cheaper and it would break and not work well (which would frustrate you and prevent you from learning), and anything more expensive might be too big of a risk for a hobby you may not get into.

    Used unicycles are common too, but they often need a little work (though sometimes you get lucky and find a great schwinn unicycle that sat in someone's garage for 20 years and is in perfect shape for 10$).

    peace,
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    the plasic things arent just for begginers, my friend has them on his trials uni.

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    Well, I think in the world of 'regular' uni, they are considered 'for beginners', but of course trials uni puts some serious stresses on the unicycle that a 'normal' unicyclist wouldn't have to put up with.

    Regardless, plastic bumpers are handy for anyone who might be dropping their unicycle a lot, beginners, or muni/trials folks.

    peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    Gear inches = tire circumfrence.
    No, gear inches = diameter of wheel with tire mounted.

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    I tried it one time and found it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be.

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    Edit: I'm wrong. Original wrong post removed, correct info follows.

    Gear inches is the diameter of high-wheel wheel that would go the same speed as your vehicle for the same cadence. Since a unicycle is a high-wheeler with no rear wheel, it is its own gear inches. The diameter of the outside of the mounted tire is your gear inches.

    Meters development (or inches development) is the distance you will travel in one complete stroke of the cranks, would would equal the circumference of the tire on a unicycle.

    peace,
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    Last edited by phidauex; 06-05-05 at 06:57 PM.

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    There's a really cool uni-commuter who lives near me. He must go about 7miles with a backpack and helmet.

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    i just bought a unicycle yesterday at the flea market, $4! it's definatel a cheap one, 16inch wheel, torn up seat, solid one peice crank from the outside of one pedal to the other, so it's nothing to brag about, but I think it was a steal for $4, now I've just gotta learn how to get on the thing

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    I have a uni and I am still in the process of learning how to ride it. I think it is actually more difficult than it looks.
    TH 1.81 (133kg*62)

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    How to ride a unicycle:

    1. Get on.
    2. Fall off and get back on 1000 times.
    3. Ride away.

    peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind8
    I have a uni and I am still in the process of learning how to ride it. I think it is actually more difficult than it looks.
    This brief note may be of encouragement to you. Just persevere and practise often. I assure you that it is a similar skill to cycling, and once learnt, never forgotten. However, learning takes time and all your practice attempts go towards developing a set of conditioned responses which, taken together, constitute an autopilot facility. On smooth and level terrain it's actually no more difficult than walking. Walking is a set of conditioned responses too.

    As a personal note I learnt the unicycle at age 66 and use it daily at home for a mile or so as general exercise. It's great fun, and there are all sorts of tricks to master if you like a challenge......

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    Quote Originally Posted by phidauex
    How to ride a unicycle:

    1. Get on.
    2. Fall off and get back on 1000 times.
    3. Ride away.

    peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by tedward
    This brief note may be of encouragement to you. Just persevere and practise often. I assure you that it is a similar skill to cycling, and once learnt, never forgotten. However, learning takes time and all your practice attempts go towards developing a set of conditioned responses which, taken together, constitute an autopilot facility. On smooth and level terrain it's actually no more difficult than walking. Walking is a set of conditioned responses too.

    As a personal note I learnt the unicycle at age 66 and use it daily at home for a mile or so as general exercise. It's great fun, and there are all sorts of tricks to master if you like a challenge......
    Thanks tedward! Thanks Sam!

    I will keep trying then. I think I am getting close to the 1000 mark
    TH 1.81 (133kg*62)

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    buy bandaids!!!!!

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    heres noah riding a ledge

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    Why is it that every Noah I seem to know some how is always a crazy ass? I dunno.

    I have a unicycle I got for one christmas but haven't rode it but maybe a handful of times and its a punk to ride.
    I am Signature-less

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    We've had a unicycle floating around in our family for decades. The original one got trashed but I replaced it a few years later. Now it's over at my brother's house, hoping his son will carry on the family tradition.

    The next one I get will have the big cruiser 36" tire.

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    youre getting a coker? coolness, those things go really fast

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