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What to look for in a Beginner Unicycle

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Asked by: Angela Pink

A 20” to 24” wheel is easiest to control, and the longer cranks are easier to use while you are learning. Thus, the ideal starter unicycle for a child or an adult is one with a crank length of at least 114mm minimum on a 20″ wheel or at least 125mm on a 24” wheel.

How do I choose a beginner unicycle?

Most adults choose a 20″ unicycle to learn on, although a 24″ may be better in some instances:

  1. 20″ is preferred by people who like to do tricks, eg. BMX riders, Skate boarders and Jugglers. It is better ridden on smooth flat ground.
  2. 24″ is preferred by riders who like to move. eg. Mountain bikers and road cyclists.


What size unicycle is best for beginners?

20” –

Beginner Series Unicycles



20” – wheel size is the most popular for beginners because it provides a balance between learning to ride a unicycle and trying basic tricks. 24” – wheel size gets you where you want to go in fewer wheel turns than smaller wheel sizes.

What is a good brand of unicycle?

The top brands in muni are Nimbus and Kris Holm, as can be seen by UDC’s selection of munis. Both of these brands make high quality unicycles that you won’t regret buying.

What size wheel is best for unicycle?

For intermediate and experienced riders with inseam measurements between 25 and 31 inches we recommend a unicycle with a tire size of 20 inches. For these riders whose inseam measurements are between 28 to 31 inches, we recommend a unicycle with a tire size around 24 inches.

What is the trick to riding a unicycle?


Quote from video: Number 10 hold your back straight. If you're flopping around everywhere you're not going to be able to hold your balance. This is one of the reasons unicycling is such a good core workout.

Is riding a unicycle good exercise?

It’s Great Exercise



Riding a unicycle is really great exercise, even if you aren’t looking at getting one for mountain biking. Even just learning to ride a unicycle on a flat and even surface will require great dedication to practice as well as great strength, balance and coordination just to stay aloft.

How fast do unicycles go?

The average speed for a 20-inch unicycle is 5 mph, while a 36-inch unicycle can ride at an average of 11 mph. An experienced rider could technically reach speeds of up to 22 mph on a 36-inch unicycle.

Can you ride a unicycle on the road?

The letter confirms that unicycles are included in the definition of pedal cycles and thus should be ridden on the road and not on the pavement. They do not require brakes if they have a fixed drive, as almost all unicycles do (See The Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1983, Section 9).

Which unicycle is the fastest?

87 MPH V13 Challenger electric unicycle

InMotion unveils ‘fastest in the world’ 87 MPH V13 Challenger electric unicycle. The InMotion V13 Challenger electric unicycle has just been unveiled, touting its maximum speed as the “fastest in the world” among other leading high-power electric unicycles.

Is unicycle difficult to learn?

If you can walk, you can learn to ride a unicycle. You don’t even have to “try hard”, just put in time. Your body will then learn by itself. Once you are good at it, riding a unicycle is just as easy as riding a bike (also called a unicycle with training wheel or a cycle for the disabled by some unicyclists).

Why is unicycling so hard?

The simple explanation is that riding a unicycle is difficult and unnatural. The steps required to learn how to ride one are not obvious and pose obstacles that, for most, are prohibitive. There are no training wheels. The activity is both remarkably interesting and remarkably difficult.

How do you slow down on a unicycle?

Best Beginner Unicycle in 2022 Top 5 Tested [Buying Guide]

How long does it take to learn to ride a unicycle?

The average time needed to learn unicycling is 10-15 hours; that’s about an hour a day for two weeks. Safety Gear: Unicycling is generally not dangerous, but as with any physical activity, like riding a bike expect to fall every now and again, especially while learning.

Is riding a unicycle difficult?

The simple explanation is that riding a unicycle is difficult and unnatural. The steps required to learn how to ride one are not obvious and pose obstacles that, for most, are prohibitive. There are no training wheels. The activity is both remarkably interesting and remarkably difficult.

How do you measure a unicycle height?

Measure the distance from the floor to the mark with a tape measure, and you’ll have your inseam measurement. Consult a unicycle sizing chart corresponding to your inseam measurements. An inseam measurement of less than 23 inches will be a junior size unicycle, typically available in 16- or 18-inch wheels.

What percentage of people can ride a unicycle?

5×100% of the population are unicyclists. That would be 0.38%. Or in other words: 3 to 4 people out of 1000 can ride a unicycle.

How do you stop on a unicycle?

Unicycles do not have brakes. Do not ride the unicycle too fast or attempt to ride down steep hills until you are very comfortable on your unicycle. When you are about to fall from your unicycle, leap away from it and let it fall by itself.

Are unicycles more efficient than walking?

It appears that in terms of distance-covered-in-time, or time-to-cover-distance, unicycling is very approximately twice as efficient as walking and half as efficient as bicycling.