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  • #16
    Originally posted by elpuebloUNIdo View Post
    My favorite unicycle gag: I'm riding down the trail with both hands on the bar ends. I get a comment from a kid, then I say, "Do you want to see a trick?...No hands!"
    Ur not the only one. To not having to hear about a missing wheel I sometimes make a silly remark first like showing I can ride with no hands on the t-bar. Earlier this week i responded to the missing wheel remark that my ex has the wheel.


    • #17
      Originally posted by As Stupid Does View Post
      No, you don’t need a break. And we never needed a handle until my buddy Kris decided wimps would pay anything to cheat and look better than they really are.
      Give ME a "break." You're so cynical! Thor, the character in your avatar, would not be such a cynical person. If he were, he'd still be riding a plain log or something (whatever came before the wheel).

      Also let it be known that some of us were using handles for years before Kris put one on the market. Most handles were handmade or custom made, though, before KH, Nimbus and Coker offered theirs. My old Coker has a Wyganowski handle on it. On a 36", the handle is to help support your weight while riding. Me, at least. And with a Schlumpf, the handle is also a great help in steadying the forces as they are applied to the pedals. My first long ride on a Schlumpf 36" (Unicon XIII Marathon race) was without a handle, and that was much more difficult!

      To this day, I've only used handles (handlebars) on 36ers. Maybe some day I'll try a short one on my Muni, but mostly I don't feel the need.
      Originally posted by Setonix View Post
      ...but now after 4 years I have more Nimbus unis. I think they are both professional brands and Nimbus is cheaper.
      Nimbus and KH are both top brands. Kris and Roger Davies have often collaborated on their designs and developed many things together.
      Originally posted by Setonix
      I have a 36" Nimbus Nightrider, but mostly I'd say it is very heavy and doesn't respond as quickly as the 32" for example. I'm not sure if other brand 36" unis are lighter and more responsive.
      I think you re experiencing the general heaviness of the 36" wheel. Until recently, all 36" tires were quite heavy, and of course, as a wheel gets bigger, it will feel even heavier due to the amount of force needed to change its speed.
      Originally posted by elpuebloUNIdo View Post
      "Do you want to see a trick?...No hands!"
      I sometimes do something in a similar vein; if I see a bicyclist coming the other way, and the person is riding no-handed, I'll often say something like "That's crazy, you're going to hurt yourself!" Of course the prerequisite to this is having both of my hands on my handlebar. How do people react? I basically don't know, because they're going the other way but I imagine it would be something like "Whatever, weirdo".

      For the OP, any 36er should do for flat, paved juggle-riding. You definitely don't need a splined axle or exotic materials. My Coker, which I got in 2002, is still going along fine on its original, narrow hub. In fact, my 45", from 1982, is still rolling on its original, cottered hub (and cranks)! It doesn't get ridden very much anymore, since 2002. Except for parades, where it's a much better vehicle than a 36". It's hard to do pirouettes on a 36". :-)
      Last edited by johnfoss; 2019-04-06, 06:50 PM.
      John Foss

      "Who is going to argue with a mom who can ride a unicycle?" -- Forums member "HiMo"


      • #18
        Your right John Foss!

        I should have said HANDLEBAR but instead I made the error or autocorrect changed it to handle.

        I didn’t think you would have suggested the op to juggle clubs with a HANDLEBAR and wondered why you responded the way you did until I noticed my second mistake.


        Mama says,
        “Stupid is as stupid does.”



        • #19
          Well, this thread morphed into something quite informative, Beyond my original question.

          I can always count on this group for help making an informed unicycle decision



          • #20
            Now the question is... which one you're getting?


            • #21
              Originally posted by pierrox View Post
              Now the question is... which one you're getting?
              It has a Nimbus steel frame, ISIS super wide hub, SRAM cranks (175's), T-bar, Stadium saddle, Nimbus rim, and a decent dual pivot brake. Bought it on the trading post, absolutely NEW!

              I'm enjoying riding just as is currently. Put on 4 miles/day yesterday and today. Thigh muscle were challenged yesterday, today less so. I'm not sure if I want to raise the seat so my legs extend more fully. Probably

              I love the look and the ride.

              I was surprised at how much I noticed bumpy pavement. I'm used to 125s.

              Lets see if i even try the brake.
              Last edited by William393; 2019-06-09, 12:05 AM.


              • #22
                Originally posted by William393 View Post
                SRAM cranks (175's)
                Those are pretty long. If your emphasis is on juggling, they're probably fine for now, until you get comfortable doing it on the 36. Then, if you want to do longer distances, try some 150s, which I believe is the stock size that most 36ers come with. 125 will also work fine for your flat environment, but if your juggle/riding involves delicate maneuvering, stick to the 150s. Note that after riding 175s, anything shorter will be scary at first. Give them time.
                I'm not sure if I want to raise the seat so my legs extend more fully.
                My general rule for 36" seat height is to keep it a bit above the traditional "full" height, which is if your heel is on the pedal when it's at the bottom, you should only have a slight bend in your knee. I go at least 1/4" lower than I would on a smaller wheel, to cover those situations where I hit an unseen bump. You don't want to get bounced off the seat and have a foot leave the pedal, you might be going fast!
                Lets see if i even try the brake.
                You can save it for later. The Brake can also be useful when stopping. People who are good at it (and confident) can just lean back and apply the brake hard, to bring them to a no-footed stop. Otherwise it's just a way to be kind to your knees when stopping or riding down a big hill.
                John Foss

                "Who is going to argue with a mom who can ride a unicycle?" -- Forums member "HiMo"


                • #23

                  Thanks so much for all that good advice. I started out doing about 4 miles a day now over the past week. Yesterday went for a ride with song, so we were inspired to do the 3 mile loop twice, making for about a 7 1/2 mile ride altogether.

                  And when I got on my 28 inch, I felt like the cranks we’re about an inch and a half long🤣😮

                  I’m just gonna write it for a while before I make adjustments.


                  • #24
                    Two 6-second videos demonstrating the proper use of a brake in an urban setting:



                    • #25
                      You forgot the one with Martin:


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                        • #27
                          Maybe I'll try it in late july...