Unicyclist Community

Go Back   Unicyclist Community > Unicycling Discussion > General Unicycling Discussions

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 2019-07-16, 08:19 PM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Maesteg
Posts: 23
Super dumb question

Hi All,
Itís been three years since I was last on here intending to get a unicycle, three and a half years since I last rode one (managing 20 feet), and I still havenít got one. Iíve taken a liking to the Nimbus Hatchet........opinions and suitability ?
LoneWolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2019-07-17, 04:21 AM   #2
North Shore ridin'
johnfoss's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
Age: 57
Posts: 17,128
There are no stupid questions.


Hatchets are cool looking unicycles that are made to fit extra wide tires. Extra wide tires are suitable for soft surfaces like sand, snow, dirt, and thick liquids. Or you can put in a not-so-fat tire and ride it however you want.

It's definitely suitable for looking cool! I like them. But beyond that, it depends on the type of riding you want to do. If it's just cruising around the neighborhood, don't get a really knobby tire.
John Foss

"Who is going to argue with a mom who can ride a unicycle?" -- Forums member "HiMo"
johnfoss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2019-07-17, 06:31 AM   #3
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Duiven, The Netherlands
Age: 44
Posts: 1,029
If you only managed 20 feet like ever in your life, you should first stick to a 20" unicycle and learn to ride properly and then upgrade to bigger wheels. Learning on a smaller wheel is easier.
Setonix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2019-07-17, 10:52 AM   #4
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: New York City
Posts: 1,081
For a first unicycle, the Hatchet is overkill. It is big, with spiked pedals, and costs 600 pounds. It is an awfully nice unicycle to be getting dropped on the pavement over and over by a beginner, and it will use its spiked pedals to strike back at your shins in retaliation. It also has a high-quality disk brake that you will not be using for a long time, if ever.

Setonixís advice is about right. Get a simple 20-inch, or even a fancy 20-inch if you want, and learn to ride it properly. You wonít fall as hard, and you will get better skills than someone who only rides around on a giant monster like the Hatchet. When I was doing my first rides of 10 meters or so, I was terrified of large wheels. Some beginners donít have this fearfulness, and thatís fine, but you will also learn to ride better if you start with a 20.
song is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2019-07-17, 02:34 PM   #5
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Maesteg
Posts: 23

Thanks for the advice guys. Point taken about dropping a very nice unicycle on the pavement. Local neighbourhood is a death trap on the roads for cyclists, so Iíll be mainly off road - cycle tracks, waste ground etc. I did once have a standard practice unicycle, and managed to break it, so bomb proof is disireable !
LoneWolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2019-07-17, 05:33 PM   #6
Viva la revolucion!
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Aliso Viejo, California
Age: 51
Posts: 1,380
IMHO, there needs to be something out-of-the-ordinary about your off-road terrain to warrant going wider that a 3" tire. Which is why the Hatchet seems to me like a niche unicycle. For a first unicycle, I agree with the others, above: Get a cheap 20". Good luck!
elpuebloUNIdo is offline   Reply With Quote

dumb, question, super

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
dumb question... total uni General Unicycling Discussions 15 2004-11-02 02:05 PM
i have a dumb question Mc Just Conversation & Introduce Yourself 16 2003-08-18 08:35 AM
dumb question Jeremy Nichols General Unicycling Discussions 0 2000-02-18 01:31 AM

All times are GMT. The time now is 07:44 AM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2001-2019 Gilby
Page generated in 0.06182 seconds with 11 queries