Not "2" Tired
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
Originally Posted by skidder
For your next unicycle climb you can try Cove Drive at the north end of Dana Point Harbor (above the parking lot at the Marine Institute building). About twice as long as 3rd street, maybe not quite as steep, but its a goody. About 15 years ago there was an organized time trial-style race up it each summer.
Q: Is it easier to learn to unicycle on a smaller wheel? (20", maybe even 16")? I've always been temped to try it if I can find a used one.
Thanks for that tip, I'll go check it out! I experimented with several wheel sizes and found the 24 to be optimum. The 20 (or small) is easier to turn but takes FOREVER to get anywhere. Anything bigger than a 24, regardless of crank size or weight, gets progressively harder to turn because the downward power stroke for each half rev takes longer to come around each time, and therefore can lead to stalling.
So while you are traveling further per rev with the larger wheel, the longer arc takes much more energy to turn and is extremely apparent on hills this steep. In this video you can see me trying to ride my 29er up the hill (last climb) and I'm actually stalling out after each half rev, The only thing I could do was rely on technique and stay balanced while I mustered the strength to eek out each successive rev. Much, much harder!
Last edited by UniGeezer; 04-12-13 at 08:35 AM.