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Old 2019-10-25, 09:20 AM   #31
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This was a great thread to revive; lots of interesting stories.
What an awesome quote! I think I'll use it in my signature line.

Did any of them ever learn to ride? If not, you may have put them off the idea. "Unicycling's a mom thing" or similar. Oh well, their loss.
That's about right. And a solidly built junky unicycle can change the lives of many beginners.
Yeah, love these stories.
For me, I learnt to ride on a friend’s Aldi unicycle. It was not good, a crank would often loosen, but it got me riding. I ended up buying a couple of Aldi unicycles, mostly secondhand off Gumtree, plus another friend just gave me one that was doing nothing in her garage. I kept 1, gave some to my neighbours and another to a volleyballer who learnt as a child in Japan. She immediately got back on and was a good rider.

Currently my last low end Aldi uni is with a colleague who wanted to learn and I think he has made progress. I basically said he can keep it.

These low end Aldi unis can have crank issues and the seats are not super comfy, but they are fine for beginners.
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Old 2019-10-25, 02:15 PM   #32
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Did any of them ever learn to ride?
I think my sons were not willing to spend the time learning because they were extremely active doing other things. The oldest three played football, baseball, basketball, and ran track. I eventually became a "coaches helper" for the high school varsity baseball & football teams. (My specialties are database and communications related.) This year, my middle son is in his last year of college football, and that will complete 20 years of football for me.

Now that I have discovered MUni, I may have to suggest to my 28-year-old rappelling Airborne/Ranger/Sapper Army engineer that he should give this a try. He is generally up for challenges. And ... he can juggle.

My youngest two are special needs. I'm discussing with my autistic 20-year-old that he might really dig the unicycle. My youngest with Down syndrome requires a Tandem Trike for safety!
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Old 2019-10-26, 02:32 AM   #33
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Everybody here has a beginning to their story and it's so cool hearing how each of you got started! Nothing but respect for you that have been riding since the early days during a time when it seemed less popular and certainly more difficult with nothing but poorly designed/built equipment to learn on!!

Being that I have only been riding for 4 months, yes I still have my first uni

It was a fairly cheap FUN unicycle I got off Amazon. I've already added a 29er and a 36er to my collection in my short time riding but I look forward to many more years of riding all of them, as long as I still physically able to ride. I can't see getting rid of my first one for a few reasons:

1. It's a great learning tool to practice new skills or to let someone else learn on. If I can find someone who wants to learn I may finally have someone else to ride with!

2. It's the only 20" I have so that makes it unique.

3. For me, learning to ride has been such an accomplishment and rewarding experience and since it was the gateway into a wonderful new world for me it will always carry sentimental value.
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Old 2019-10-26, 07:16 AM   #34
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Great reads.

Reminds me of my first unicycle. It was a 24" handmade unicycle with brass bearings, cottered pedals that were very long, but the pièce de résistance was the seat a bent piece of pipe with padding wrapped around it, real crotch breaker. Yes I still have it and will post photo tomorrow. I may even prove it still rides. The bearing runs faster than any ball bearing one I have ever ridden.
I learnt one school holiday hanging onto a wash line on grass when I was 7 or 8 back in the 50/60's
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Old 2019-10-28, 01:25 AM   #35
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photo of the handmade unicycle. Must have taken the tube for another unicycle so no riding today.
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Old 2019-10-28, 10:28 AM   #36
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I first learned unicycling 5 years ago and still have my first 20" uni, which was a cheap 90 EUR Only-One unicycle. Occasionally I try riding it again, but the seat is too low. Compared to my 20" freestyle or 19" trials is a world of difference. My sis said she would try to learn to ride and I promised her she could give it a go with the Only One uni. She is also smaller than me.
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Old 2019-10-28, 03:12 PM   #37
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Red face Can you even ride "until the wheels fall off"?

Yes......sorta

I rode my first ever wheel (20" $100 ebay special) for 12 years, until a crank fell off in the middle of a hockey game. These things are hella durable, and you can sorta ride them forever.

I had almost never tightened the nut holding onto the cotterless crank, so the failure was to be expected.

I now own 9 unicycles and ride the pants off all of 'em.

I still have the frame off my learner uni, but that's mostly because I have trouble throwing things out.
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Old 2019-10-29, 02:53 AM   #38
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Nope. 20" Sears Roebuck. I never learned on that one. Sold it and the poles on Ebay, to support my new habit.

The NIMBUS fat tire 20" is what I consider a real unicycle. Maybe I'll keep that one.
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Old 2019-10-29, 02:56 AM   #39
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Nope. 20" Sears Roebuck. I never learned on that one. Sold it and the poles on Ebay, to support my new habit.

The NIMBUS fat tire 20" ( my second) is what I consider a real unicycle. Maybe I'll keep that one.
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Old 2019-11-01, 05:38 AM   #40
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Still have my original. But since I bought it I put in a better wheel, a new tyre, changed the cranks, upgraded the pedals, seat, post and clamp.

Then I finished off with a new frame.

I still love my original uni.
That post was from 2014, but I have a similar (and true) version. My first Miyata unicycle, which was to become the most popular brand in the 80s, is not still around. It got stolen with my car, the UniBug, in 1983. But I replaced that one with another 24", which I still have. It went through my transition from 24" Freestyle to 20" (on a different unicycle), but continued to travel with me to all the uni conventions, and nearly every single Unicon since the first one. I rode it into the Guinness Book in 1987 with a 100m sprint record.

Let's see:
  • Pedals and cranks were swapped around often; the original pedals are long gone, but the IDOL 125mm cranks on there might be the original ones
  • Naturally, I went through lots of tires
  • There were also many generations of saddle on there, which probably meant multiple different seat posts
  • By 1987 I had drilled and tapped out bigger holes for the bearing holder bolts. Those older Miyatas had these skinny little things that would always end up stripping
  • In the late 80s or so, Tom Miller replaced the original seat tube with a much longer one, so only the fork legs and crown are original there
  • I went to a red rim probably by the mid-90s, and that probably came with new spokes, nipples, rim strip, etc.
  • Seat post clamp? That (those) went with the frame conversion
  • Uh, what's left? Oh yeah. At Unicon 18 in Spain, my axle broke while I was warming up for the IUF Slalom. It took me a while, but I finally found a replacement hub of the same vintage
  • I replaced the 1983 bearings when setting up with the new hub
So that old 24 has been through a lot! And lots of adventures, like a 100m, race on top of the Great Wall in China, TV appearances, and using it as my first Muni! And it still has its original bearing holders, and the original frame up to the crown!

Here it is in 1996, with red-on-red Miyata saddle, tall frame, the earlier red rim, ring reflector, round pedlas and a skinny Muni tire.
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Old 2019-11-02, 08:27 PM   #41
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Hi,
My first unicycle was a cheap 20" Only One.
I kept it for some years because it allowed me to make people try it. I was myself using a 29" but it was easier to make people try on the 20".
I "traded" it for a pair of inline skates with a friend. I teached her how to unicycle and she teached me roller skating. We eventually stopped meeting and we didn't swap back our items. I sometimes wonder where is the unicycle now, maybe it is still used, maybe not.
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Old 2019-11-04, 08:36 AM   #42
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photo of the handmade unicycle. Must have taken the tube for another unicycle so no riding today.
Wow, that saddle looks nearly identical to the one i learned on.
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