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  • #16
    Wow, a thread started twelve years ago, man you guys are really diggin for gold

    Elke, any old uni will do, just so long as they fit inseam wise. Get the biggest wheel you can fit them to, measure their inseam, the kids grow fast.

    You can use Unicycle.com for info, they have an inseam guide to use in fitting kids. Don't forget to add a little bit to the inseam for shoe thickness.

    My Sun 20" learner has a minimum inseam of 26", so a child with a 24-25 inseam is the smallest rider it'll work for, though with the original "flatter seat" it would probably be good down to 23" or so.

    I'm thinking that the kids would fit a 20", worse case scenario you have to get someone to cut down the frame, which is easy with a hacksaw and dremel.

    Also, crank length can make a big difference in fit, so short cranks require less inseam length than longer cranks. Some of the 20" unis come with cranks as short as 114mm (Nimbus Club), whereas the Sun Flatop 20" has 125mm cranks, so ~1/2" more inseam required on the Sun.

    Make a 20" fit, your kids and your wallet will thank you
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    • #17
      The limit for kids is often the inseam. You may want to measure it. Do they have a bike that fits them well, with nearly full extension for their legs? If so, then measure the distance from the seat (top, center) to the lowest position of the pedal--that is the inseam measurement you want to use for a unicycle.

      A 20" is a nice size if they can manage the inseam. Both Torker (LX by preference) or Club (Unicycle.com) are good quality starter unicycles. Do not get very short cranks to begin with because it makes it harder to learn. My recollection is that 125 mm would be OK.

      You can also learn on a 20". By the time you cut down the seat post for the kids, it will be much too short for you to ride. The cheapest approach would be to get a second seat post and a seat. You can then use the 20" by switching to your higher seat. Alternatively, you could take the plunge and just buy another unicycle.

      Have fun learning to unicycle.

      Scott

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      • #18
        Thank you.

        Thank you for all this great advice. I'm glad I didn't buy one blindly! I'm going to start by looking at the inseam lengths of all of us.

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        • #19
          inseams measured

          ... ok, my kids have inseams without shoes of 24.5 inches, and without shoes I'm nearly 33 inches.... looks like with shoes the 20 inch would just fit us all. My kids will have room to grow, and I'll eventually shrink to fit perfectly! I would need 2 seat posts, I see, though. Would that be better than getting a 16 inch cycle for the kids?

          I'm leaning toward the Torker LX.

          Elke

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Elke View Post
            I would need 2 seat posts, I see, though. Would that be better than getting a 16 inch cycle for the kids?
            I think it would be, 20" really seems to be the sweet spot for learning. Getting another post without another saddle would be hard as torker LXs use a non standard bolting pattern but for $40 you can get a seat and post [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Torker-Unistar-DX-LX-Pro-Saddle/dp/B0037N54IK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376751659&sr=8-1&keywords=torker+lx+seat"]here[/ame] that would work. Or, there's a reasonable chance you could still ride a cut down seatpost if you raised it up. Let me go check the basement to see if it looks like it would work with just one.

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            • #21
              The Torker LX is a nice entry unicycle. (The club unicycle is also fine.) If you get one unicycle you will have to share. The seat post is 25.4 mm, so be sure to get the correct diameter. I have a quick release seat post clamp on my "learner" unicycle. That allows you to adjust seat hight and switch seats easily. Here is an inexpensive version:

              http://www.unicycle.com/unicycle-har...ost-clamp.html

              If you get yourself another seat, get a nice one--probably one of the Nimbus versions as a minimum. One of the main complaints with beginning unicyclist is that the seats are uncomfortable. Kids are small and do not weigh much, so let them suffer with the Torker seat. :-)

              If you go through unicycle.com, give them a call and talk it over. They generally know what they are doing and can advise you.

              Scott

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              • #22
                Just measured the torker lx 20 in my basement. If you are careful not cut the seatpost any shorter than you have to you should be okay without buying a second one. (I've got about the same inseam as you, I can ride it comfortably and set it low enough for a 24.5 inch inseam).

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                • #23
                  Resurrecting this thread again...

                  My 9 year old is doing great on the Torker 20" and wants to start doing Muni with me. I think a 24" is still too big. Would you all recommend a 19" fat tire trials uni for him or something else?

                  Thanks
                  Rob Urban
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by rrurban View Post
                    My 9 year old is doing great on the Torker 20" and wants to start doing Muni with me. I think a 24" is still too big. Would you all recommend a 19" fat tire trials uni for him or something else?
                    That would be perfect and you could use it as well. Just a bonus.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by rrurban View Post
                      Would you all recommend a 19" fat tire trials uni for him or something else?
                      There are also kids Munis with 20" rims
                      They ride a little bit faster than the 19" ones.
                      Or you take just a normal 20" like the Nimbus II and try to find a decent tire to put on. But frame width and rim width might limit you.
                      The other possibility would be to take a very light 24" and cut down seatpost and frame.
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                      • #26
                        Maybe not for muni, but imagine if someone made a 24" version of the nightfox.
                        Last edited by Engineer on a Unicycle; 2017-05-09, 04:58 AM.
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by rrurban View Post
                          Resurrecting this thread again...

                          My 9 year old is doing great on the Torker 20" and wants to start doing Muni with me. I think a 24" is still too big. Would you all recommend a 19" fat tire trials uni for him or something else?

                          Thanks
                          UDC used to sell a trials unicycle marketed as a children's muni. (They may still, I just wasn't able to find it today). I've personally seen people do some awesome off-road stuff on a trials uni, and even though I have a muni myself, I sometime enjoy my 19" trials off road as it's lighter, and some things are just easier to hop on or over. It just depends on the situation. It's also easier climbing hills as the ratio between crank size and wheel size is more favorable. It will probably be a little slower than your muni, but so what? I think it's a great idea.
                          I'm not short, I'm just really far away.

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                          • #28
                            It also depends on your sonīs size. My daughter is 8 and riding Muni on a 24. She tried on a 19 before, however she prefers the 24 as it rolls better over obstacles and all others in the group are also riding 24 or bigger. Her height is about 140 cm.

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                            • #29
                              Mad4one brings out a Kid's Muni ... 20x4" with disc brake! Yeehaaaa!

                              https://www.facebook.com/monociclo/p...11022021519950
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                              • #30
                                Yes I just saw the MadforOne kids muni. Really cool.. Might want a lighter trials uni though. Weight will be the factor probably
                                Last edited by rrurban; 2017-05-21, 06:43 AM.
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