Appropriate Unicycle for Long Distance

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by Chris Kennedy, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. I'm 15 and I started unicycling around January. My friend and I are
    planning on doing a sort of unicycling for charity kind of thing. We're
    riding around 15 miles or so and we plan to do a much longer distance
    by the end of the summer. At the moment I have a torker 24" and a kris
    holm trials 20". I was wondering what size i should get. I was thinking
    29" because I can barely afford that anyway. Is a 29" hard to mount?
    Answers to either of these would help me. thanks :)


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  2. johnfoss

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    It might take a bit to get used to, but you won't have any problems
    mounting a 29er. A Coker would be even more "appropriate" for distance
    riding, but it costs more and takes up more room in the car, etc.


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  3. bmemike

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    I went from a 20 to a 29 a few months after learning to ride. The
    adjustment is a weird phase where everything seems odd at first, but
    most people will get adjusted between a few minutes and a few days
    pending practice and how quickly you adapt.

    For me, the oddest part was sitting up so much higher on the 29 than I
    did on the 20. Now it seems fairly natural and doesn't phase me at all.


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  4. Mikefule

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    For long cruising type rides with no tricky obstacles or hazards, the
    Coker will always win on speed and comfort.

    If you want to mix with traffic and other hazards, then there are
    arguments for the more manageable 28 or 29. It is preference and
    confidence.

    For 15 miles, if budget is an issue, then the distance can -easily -be
    done on a 24. It's a while since I've done it, because I now have the
    28 and 36, but I used to do 15 - 20+ mile rides on my 24, and often
    used to ride it flat out for an hour at a time without stops. Put some
    110mm or 102 mm cranks on a 24 and it is an exciting and fun machine to
    ride, and capable of significant distances at reasonable speeds.

    But if you plan to do lots of distance, then there's a simple rule: big
    wheels are better.


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