Unicycle Choice, Gladiators?

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by Naomi, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. Naomi

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    Unicycle gladiators is an event I enjoy immensely, from the sidelines,
    as a spectator. Maybe someday I might be brave enough to join in, but
    not yet awhile.

    I can see that big wheel...speed...run away works to a degree.
    But what size/type of unicycle gives the most flexibility in the midst
    of all the pushing, shoving, I'm gonna get you down, type wrestling
    that takes place?
    Big tyre 20?
    Given infinite choice, how would you decide your ride?


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  2. Matt.Weston

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    I'd tend to favour the extra tyre width of a trials over the
    manouverability of a freestyle tyre, But I'm unsure as to the wheel
    size. Personally 20" would be my first choice, but that's just
    because that's all I have ever ridden to a great degree. I'm thinking
    24" would be the biggest I'd be willing to ride in Gladiators, for
    competition anyway :p


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  3. Matt.Weston

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    I'd tend to favour the extra tyre width of a trials over the
    manouverability of a freestyle tyre, But I'm unsure as to the wheel
    size. Personally 20" would be my first choice, but that's just
    because that's all I have ever ridden to a great degree. I'm thinking
    24" would be the biggest I'd be willing to ride in Gladiators, for
    competition anyway :p


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  4. max_pfeifer

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    a 20 or 24 inch wheel with long cranks would be best. the longer the
    cranks the more torque. this would sacrifice speed though, so i guess
    it depends on your game plan: defence or offence. if you want to run
    away, then a big wheel would be best, but then you will just play until
    someone gets tired. remember that the game will not end until someone
    falls off, so you still need to be able to push the person over.


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  5. Loosemoose

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    Whichever unicycle you feel most stable and maneuverable on, for most
    it'll be a 20", but for those who have only ridden a 24 and never a 20,
    the 24 will be better for them. Gladiators isn't just about speed and
    fast turns, its about being able to stay on when someone shoves you
    really hard, or grabs for your saddle (Roger :rolleyes::p)

    Loose.


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