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    I'm looking for 16" unicycles for my 5 yr old and 7 yr old. The choices are:
    Jugglebug $79 United $59 plastic United $69 chrome Torker $69 chrome SemXL $165

    I'm leaning toward the United plastic. Do these plastic uni's hold up well
    enough under moderate use? Are they lighter? Seems like the ruggedness of a
    Sem isn't necessary at this age. After a few years the kids will outgrow
    them anyway.

    Joe Merrill

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    RE: choosing a kids unicycle

    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I'm looking for 16" unicycles for my 5 yr old and 7 yr old. The choices[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> are: Jugglebug $79 United $59 plastic United $69 chrome Torker $69 chrome[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> SemXL $165[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I'm leaning toward the United plastic. Do these plastic uni's hold up well[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> enough under moderate use? Are they lighter? Seems like the ruggedness of a[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Sem isn't necessary at this age. After a few years the kids will outgrow[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> them anyway.[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Joe Merrill[/color]

    Joe, check out J. C. Penny's, I got a 16" plastic wheel with a steel frame and a
    good looking seat, all for $39.95 plus shipping. It seems to be very strong, or
    at least as strong as any plastic wheel. The steel frame seems strong and it has
    cotterless cranks, good looking pedals. Altogether I am well satisfied with it.

    Lowell yoda@socket.net

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    • #3
      Re: choosing a kids unicycle

      Of course the Sem is the best unicycle on your list, but check out the Torker. I
      know a few people that have them and like them. I would stay away from plastic
      if at all possible.

      ---Nathan

      <Nycjoe@aol.com> wrote in message news:60.cbefbc0.27efa21c@aol.com...
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I'm looking for 16" unicycles for my 5 yr old and 7 yr old. The choices[/color]
      are:
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Jugglebug $79 United $59 plastic United $69 chrome Torker $69 chrome[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> SemXL $165[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I'm leaning toward the United plastic. Do these plastic uni's hold up[/color]
      well
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> enough under moderate use? Are they lighter? Seems like the ruggedness[/color]
      of a
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Sem isn't necessary at this age. After a few years the kids will outgrow[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> them anyway.[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Joe Merrill[/color]

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      • #4
        Re: choosing a kids unicycle

        Nathan Hoover wrote:

        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Of course the Sem is the best unicycle on your list, but check out the Torker.[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I know a few people that have them and like them. I would stay away from[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> plastic if at all possible.[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> ---Nathan[/color]

        Our Scout group has six 20" Torkers. They are pretty good, and relatively rigged
        unicycles. The seats, however, are small and very uncomfortable. If buying a
        Torker I would get a Viscount seat to go with it. I would even look into seeing
        if you could swap the seat/upgrade to a Viscount when you buy it.

        The beauty of buying a Sem XL from the Unicycle Source is that it comes with
        Kovachi wheel. They are excellent, probably better than a stock Miyata wheel. At
        $165 I think this is the best deal you can find on a new freestyle unicycle.

        As to outgrowing a 20" unicycle, I would say that that is relative. While they
        may be big enough to ride a 24" uni, they may want to continue using a 20" uni
        for skills and tricks. Several of our Scouts have 24" unis, but borrow our
        20"Torkers to play hockey.

        My families Unicycle fleet includes several types and sizes of unicycles, from
        16" to 36". Woody's favorite unicycle, at least the one he rides most is a 20"
        Miyata. Woody is 5'11" and can easily reach the pedals on all of our unicycles.

        John Hooten

        [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> <Nycjoe@aol.com> wrote in message news:60.cbefbc0.27efa21c@aol.com...[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > I'm looking for 16" unicycles for my 5 yr old and 7 yr old. The choices[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> are:[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > Jugglebug $79 United $59 plastic United $69 chrome Torker $69 chrome[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > SemXL $165[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > I'm leaning toward the United plastic. Do these plastic uni's hold up[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> well[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > enough under moderate use? Are they lighter? Seems like the ruggedness[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> of a[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > Sem isn't necessary at this age. After a few years the kids will outgrow[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > them anyway.[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > Joe Merrill[/color]

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        • #5
          RE: choosing a kids unicycle

          yoda wrote:

          [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Joe, check out J. C. Penny's, I got a 16" plastic wheel with a steel frame and[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]> a good looking seat, all for $39.95 plus shipping. It seems to be very strong,[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]> or at least as strong as any plastic wheel. The steel frame seems strong and[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]> it has cotterless cranks, good looking pedals. Altogether I am well satisfied[/color]
          [color={usenetquotecolor}]> with it.[/color]

          I also got a JC Penny uni for my kids. It seems sturdy and actually has a
          decent, durable seat on it. Note that they don't stock this in the stores, it's
          a catalog order only item. I ordered this one using their web-based order system
          and picked it up at my local store a few days later. It's a great deal.

          Greg
          --
          "Wow, I didn't know being a super hero could be so painful."

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          • #6
            RE: choosing a kids unicycle

            [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]> yoda wrote:[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > Joe, check out J. C. Penny's, I got a 16" plastic wheel with a steel frame[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > and a good looking seat, all for $39.95 plus shipping. It seems to be very[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > strong, or at least as strong as any plastic wheel. The steel frame seems[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > strong and it has cotterless cranks, good looking pedals. Altogether I am[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > well satisfied with it.[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I also got a JC Penny uni for my kids. It seems sturdy and actually has a[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]> decent, durable seat on it. Note that they don't stock this in the stores,[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]> it's a catalog order only item. I ordered this one using their web-based order[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]> system and picked it up at my local store a few days later. It's a great deal.[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
            [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Greg[/color]

            Hi Greg, it's been a while since we talked. I ordered mine shipped direct to my
            house. I forgot, when you have it shipped to a local store, do you have to pay
            the shipping anyway?

            Another thing I forgot to mention about this unicycle is that it has the "main
            bearing" style of bearing retainers. My great grandson hasn't broken it yet. It
            must be a pretty strong unicycle.

            Lowell yoda@socket.net

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            • #7
              Re: choosing a kids unicycle

              Hey all, I have a friend who is 6'1" and probably 160 pounds who learned to ride
              in 3 days on one of these! He bought it at a J.C. Penney outlet store for $12
              U.S.! It had been returned but it is perfect condition. From seeing him riding
              it, it MUST be strong. Don't ask me how he learned on such a small uni.

              Jeff

              On Tue, 27 Mar 2001 23:43:44 -0600 Greg House
              <ghouse@spammenot.southwind.net> writes:
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> yoda wrote:[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > Joe, check out J. C. Penny's, I got a 16" plastic wheel with a[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> steel[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > frame and a good looking seat, all for $39.95 plus shipping. It[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> seems[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > to be very strong, or at least as strong as any plastic wheel.[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> The[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > steel frame seems strong and it has cotterless cranks, good[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> looking[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> > pedals. Altogether I am well satisfied with it.[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I also got a JC Penny uni for my kids. It seems sturdy and actually has a[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> decent, durable seat on it. Note that they don't stock this in the stores,[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> it's a catalog order only item. I ordered this one using their web-based order[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> system and picked it up at my local store a few days later. It's a great deal.[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Greg[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> --[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]> "Wow, I didn't know being a super hero could be so painful."[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
              [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
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              • #8
                Need help

                Looking to buy my 9 year old a unicycle. He just started to learn about 2 weeks ago. He is 49 inches and weighs 85 pounds. Any suggestions?

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                • #9
                  What's he using now? The general rule is 20" unless it's too big for him. 16" are best for kids that can't fit a 20". Here's a good selection (they have other locations if you're not in the US). The cycles are sized by leg length, so that's the measurement to start with. Not inseam, but actual crotch to floor.
                  John Foss
                  www.unicycling.com

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

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                  • #10
                    Zombie alert!

                    Wow -- this thread lay dormant for a decade! I wonder what the record is?
                    Dictator for Life,
                    NYUC

                    Check out my blog (or else):
                    http://newyorkunicycle.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      Thank you for resurrecting this old thread. The title says it all. Give the kid a chance and get him the right size unicycle. My kids are 7 & 8. The 12" was helpful for "getting the feel" around the basement but it was not until she got a 16" Trainer hat she was able to ride 10 feet (still her record to date). She is almost tall enough for a 20" to pass the 16" down to him. One of these days, good Lord willing, we will all be riding 36ers leaving all the smaller wheels to the Tiger Cub Scouts and Brownie's.
                      Originally posted by johnfoss View Post
                      The general rule is 20" unless it's too big for him. 16" are best for kids that can't fit a 20"
                      I think John put it very well in this (below) thread. I am over anxious (an understatement) to teach my kids to ride because a family that plays together stays together and besides, Louisville Kentucky needs two more unicyclists to bring the grand total to three. I'm raising my own herd of riding mates.

                      http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=89382
                      My greatest fear is that, when I die, my wife will sell all my unicycles for what I told her they cost.

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                      • #12
                        suggestions for 4.5 ft kids 8 and 10

                        My kids are in circus camp and have been exposed to unicycling. They are both about 4.5 ft tall with decently long legs and weigh about 65 and 75 lbs. I've always wanted to try, too (mom, 5 ft 8, 130 lbs). Sound like people like a Torker of some kind, a 20 in Avenir Mountain Bike, available on Amazon in Canada where we are, or a Schwinn.

                        Any suggestions about sizes or further advice on brands or what to look for?

                        Elke

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Elke View Post
                          My kids are in circus camp and have been exposed to unicycling. They are both about 4.5 ft tall with decently long legs and weigh about 65 and 75 lbs. I've always wanted to try, too (mom, 5 ft 8, 130 lbs). Sound like people like a Torker of some kind, a 20 in Avenir Mountain Bike, available on Amazon in Canada where we are, or a Schwinn.

                          Any suggestions about sizes or further advice on brands or what to look for?

                          Elke
                          Out of those options, I'd say a torker is the best bang for your buck. A torker LX is definitely worth the extra money over the torker CX as well. It'd probably be best to start with a 20", all of you should be able to learn on one.

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                          • #14
                            Oh, and for unicycle sources in Canada you can go to municycle.ca or goudurix.com.

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                            • #15
                              I am teaching my 7 year old. He can almost use my wife's 20", but not quite tall enough. On the 16" he's got the post extended almost to its limit.

                              I am thinking of cutting down my wife's frame because although he's making decent progress (he's riding maybe 3 to 4 revs without holding on to me) I suspect he may do better on a 20. The 16" wheel is really twitchy, and I notice it's hard for him to keep it moving smoothly.
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