Finding a unicycle can be challenging. Especially if you are a beginner. Here we’ve added our top 5 picks and unicycle buyer’s guide right after. Hope you find what you’re looking for and if not, simply give us a shout.
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Let’s have a slightly deeper look at these Unicycles.
Best Unicycle For Beginners
Considered one of the best unicycles out there for beginners.
This unicycle by FUN has a solid aluminium build and at 20”, it’s great for the first timer.
Most Durable Unicycle
This is a solid ride.
You can adjust the quality nylon seat the tire’s are skid proof.
Great for someone who needs to look good while practicing their unicycle skills.
Best Unicycle For Kids
It comes with some excellent features like ‘Leakage Protection’ on the tires.
Which alone makes it a great unicycle for both beginners and professionals.
Perfect For All Ages
Considered another great unicycle for beginners and experienced riders alike.
A lot parents get this to get their slightly taller kids into unicycling as well.
Considered another crowd favorite for both beginners and pros.
The only downside to getting this one is that it doesn’t come with instructions on how to assemble it.
Go figure . . . Literally 🙂
Unicycling is a real sport
Today besides seeing a clown on one at a circus, or some street performer on the streets of Wakiki beach, Unicycles are also used on a professional level.
In fact, unicycling has become a full blown sport. Plus there are now countless sub-genres within it.
Unicycle hockey and unicycle races are just to name a few.
Heck some even take their unicycles off road on large trails and stuff.
Yeah Unicycling is the real deal and it’s only getting bigger.
Choosing the right Unicycle
There is a lot more then just buying the coolest looking Unicycle.
You have to look at the saddle, the seat post, wheel size and few other things before diving in.
Let’s have a look shall we and try to answer your main question . . .
What size unicycle should I get?
Beginner’s Guide To Unicycling
Before you get started, let’s show you how to choose a Unicycle at the beginner level. This way, you’ll finally learn how to pick a unicycle the proper way and which size to buy.
It’s actually a three step process.
PLEASE NOTE: Don’t confuse a seat post with the seat. Don’t worry, as we dive in, you’ll learn about how to pick the right seat as well.
Now as most mountain bikers like to usually take the ‘off road’ unicycle as their first choice, we highly recommend that you get the normal ‘on road’ one.
Once you get good at it, than feel free to look into the ‘off road versions’. Those are designed for the experienced users anyways.
Make sure you have your inseam length figured out. I know what you’re thinking? “Hey Freddy! What am I buying pants here or what huh?”
I also know you are thinking in the exact way a stereotypical Italian mobster might say it. Just kidding. Anyways, you do need to have your inseam measured so your Unicycle fits you like a freaking glove.
So how does it work?
Your inseam length will help you discover the best seat post and wheel size combination.
These are the two essentials to buying a Unicycle.
You don’t have to to some fancy suit shop to get your inseam measured and then walk out without buying anything.
That would be embarrassing for most and why waste the time of some hard working employee right? Stand up straight and make sure you’re shoes are on. As you will be wearing shoes while unicycling anyways.
Next step, simply measure the distance from the ground, all the way up to your crotch. Keep in mind, when I say crotch I’m talking about your ‘actual’ crotch. Not the crotch of your trousers.
As some ‘hip hoppers’ really sag their pants and you just might end up with unicycle thats a total mismatch. [Use Image]
You might have notices a certain number of “inches” next to a picture or advertisement for a unicycle. Like 20” or 24”, etc. That refers to the wheel size. How is wheel size measured of a unicycle? By the diameter of the wheel. The tire size has to be perfect. Too small and you’ll feel you’re a kid on a tricycle (With your feet serving as the side wheels).
Also the problem with a smaller wheel size is you can’t really go any long distance. These are designed for people who are just getting started basically. On the other hand, if your wheel size is too big for you, you won’t be able to control it properly. Which will lead to a bad first experience and honestly, this is one the main reason why people straight up give up on unicycling.
So start things off properly and you’ll be up and running in no time. First step? Make sure the wheel size you get is just perfect.
So this is the third step. If you didn’t skip on of the first two steps, then finding a seat post will be a breeze.
As your inseam determines the wheel size and your wheel size determines the seat.
Mystery solved! That said, it wouldn’t hurt to try a few seats anyways. This will just give you a better idea. If your seat is too small then you just might get a call from Cirque du Soleil and if it’s too long, well then you won’t even be able to ride at all. So get the basics down first.
Get your inseam measured, determine the best wheel size and then get your seat post down. Congratulations! You are now on you way to get an awesome Unicycle.
Common Wheel Size For Beginners
Although the best size is the one you measure for, there are certain sizes that stick out in this industry.
24” Wheel Size
If you just want to cruise along a beach or on a sidewalk somewhere, this one is for you. Great wheel size for quick turns and highly recommend for beginners. Great way to get a hang of this sport.
20” Wheel Size
Surely this is the most sought after size. It seems to be perfect for the first timer as you can quickly learn to get a hold of the entire riding process and squeeze in a few tricks here and there. This is a good size for many.
16” Wheel Size
Great size for slightly short individuals. This is a also a common size used by street performers just because it’s the easiest one to control in a small space. Is the 24” really that different than the 20” This is a really common inquiry.
Can 4 inches really make that much of a difference? Well when it comes to unicycling, it totally does. The 20” is recommended for your kid if his or her inseam is at least 24.5 inches or higher.
It fact, the 20” is a great fit. If the inseam happens to be over 27.5”, then the 24” is right for you. To help you get things into perspective, the 24” inch is an adult favourite. Think of the 24” as a bike that you would use to go to the local grocery store on a regular basis or something. Today their are several types of
Beginner and Cruisers
Mountain Unicycle (Rough Terrain)
This is truly an amazing invention. However, don’t let the look let you take this as a novelty. The ultimate wheel is the ‘ultimate’ in doing tricks. To use the ultimate wheel, you really more than a few hours on a Unicycle.
Selecting A Unicycle Seat or Saddle
Okay earlier we talked about the seat post, here we talk about the actual seat. No measurements required, this is all about your comfort. Hope you don’t mind but from here on, we’re going to refer to your seat as a ‘saddle’.
That’s just what the jargon is in the unicycle world. So how do you get started with selecting a saddle? First make sure it’s comfortable. The more comfortable the better. This will really be helpful when you start doing some long distance unicycling. If you are just getting started, anything that doesn’t feel too hard is good. Softer the better for long distance stuff.
Here are our recommendations for the best seats for your unicycle:
Kris Holm Free ride Saddle
For long distance unicyclist, this is THE choice. Hands down! Kris Holm Street Saddle: Best for freestyle, trial or just everyday unicycling.
Nimbus Gel Saddle
This is for the casual unicycle rider. Great for long and short trips.
Did you just get your first unicycle? This one is for you.
Learning to unicycle properly? Best one to get started with. So there it is! Hope you enjoyed this brief guide on Unicycles. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to try it out. Definitely one of the most fun things to pick up.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to ride a unicycle?
The best way to ride a unicycle, step by step is to ride with one hand against a wall for balance pedal. This is the best way to develop balance and once you develop balance, you’ll be up and running without any help. Once you practice this simple technique, you will eventually learn how to ride a unicycle. Also don’t be frustrated as you learn because it is hard in the beginning. Yes. We admit that it’s hard to ride a unicycle but only when you are getting started. Pretty much anything worth doing is.
Also a question that we get from men is how to ride a unicycle without hurting your balls (Should have used testicles here but you know) . . . Truth is the best way is to simply ‘cup’ your balls before you sit on the seat instead of sitting ‘on them’. Believe it or not, this simple trick works just fine.
Though riding a unicycle appears to be dangerous, once you get the hang of it, you’re actually pretty safe. That’s because you always have the ability to eject yourself and fast.
Why would you ride a unicycle?
Well besides the obvious fun factor. the health and mental benefits of riding a unicycle are mind blowing. I’m sure you’ve figured out the obvious one which is increase in balance and co-ordination but the mental health benefits are also something interesting.
Was the unicycle invented before the bicycle?
Great question and hilarious as well. After all, how can someone invent something with two wheels before inventing something with one first right? Yeah that kind of “logic” on it’s own is priceless.
Anyways, contrary to popular belief of the really smart people out there, a bicycle was invented first. In fact, it was invented by a German guy named .
The unicycle came much after.
Why thicker tires are better on unicycles?
A lot of people think that thicker tires are better on a unicycle. The truth is it all depends on what kind of unicycling you are into. If you are racing, you would want thinner tires. Similar to a racing bike. If you are going outdoors like hiking trails and stuff, you would need thicker tires.
What is the best Touring Unicycle Brand?
This is great question. However, it’s like asking which is better, Xbox or Playstation. It all depends on your preference. Some of the popular brands out there though are
Why do Unicycles go back and forth?
It’s not really a unicycle that goes back and forth, it’s just the person riding is is trying to balance it.
As far as the moving forward
and backward freely, that’s just an advantage of being on a single or ‘uni’ wheel.
It’s also part of the overall fun and freedom you feel when you get on a unicycle.
Do unicycles have brakes?
No. If you want to stop, you just step off the unicycle. Or in worst case, jump off.
How to turn on a unicycle?
You don’t need to. Just hop on one and get to riding. That’s how you ‘start’ a unicycle 😉
How many wheels on a unicycle?
One. Hence the name “Uni” cycle. That’s latin for one.
What is a unicycle?
Have you ever heard of people talking about a unicycle and wondered ‘What is a unicycle”?. Well a unicycle is a seat attached to a post with wheels which is connected on one single tire or a wheel.
How to free mount a unicycle?
Here is a great video on how to truly free mount a unicycle. Several ways actually. This is how you mount a unicycle without a wall.
Who is the fastest person on a unicycle?
Actually this depends on the record. There are several record holders in the unicycle speed world. Fastest mile, fastest longest distance and a several more. Including fastest crossing over a country on a unicycle 🙂 – Yup!
What gear or accessories do I need for a unicycle?
Well if you’re getting started then it’s best to have the standard common sense stuff. A bike helmet. Elbow pads and finally, knee pads. In the beginning, you’ll fall a lot but once you learn the basics, then you can take it easy with the gear. However, no matter what your level is, we highly recommend you keep your safety gear on.
How I Got Into It
When I first saw a unicycle, I was like “This is the silliest thing I’ve ever seen”. I mean if you aren’t a clown, why would you need one? Then years later, in fact recently, I went to a elementary School in Japan.
My wife’s nephew was having this special thing where the kids cook for their parents and stuff. It was wonderful really. However, one thing that really caught my attention was after everyone ate, the kids started going on the unicycle. I actually wrote more on it on the about us page.
I asked my wife what is this all about and she replied “It’s just what we do. I did this as a kid as well”. Then she proceeded to give me a demo which lasted for about 5 seconds lol To be fair, I lasted for 0.3 seconds.
Anyways, if the Japanese are encouraging their kids to use it, then there must be something behind this. So I dug deep . . . I started off by thinking about the physical benefits. Unicycling teaches you how to:
- Have a proper posture.
- Learn how to balance.
- Learn how to control your own speed.
- Work with what you have.
- Conquer fear.
Before we get into the unicycle, let’s go back in time to see where it all started. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you that it was James Stanley’s Penny Farthing that inspired the Unicycle. At least that’s how the story goes. Makes sense if you think about it.
By the way, this was all the way back in 1866. Since then, lots have changed and today they even have electric and self balancing unicycles as well. A far cry from a Penny Farthing for sure. However, you can never forget what started it all. Salute! By the way, if you have any questions, please contact us.