Thursday, November 22, 2007

the wonderful types of unicycles

There are many types of unicycle such as freestyle, giraffes, trials, rough terrain, and cruisers. In the next article you will learn about all of these.
First lets start of with freestyle. Free style unicycle are commonly 20 . Though it is not uncommon to see a 24inch wheel. This is because Though a 24-inch wheel can offer an advantage for certain types of stunts, such as spins, the 20-inch wheel offers advantages for the vast majority of unicycler skills due to its smaller size and lighter weight. The freestyle unicycle is optimized for indoor use so it usually have no metal part that touch the floor. Freestyle unicycles are made strong enough to withstand unusual forces on it. Normally they have a foot crown to put your foot on it (though there is nothing worn with a round curve for my unicycle is curved).Though a Trials unicycle can be a decent alternative freestyle unicycle, the crank arms may be too long. It though just a possible to do tricks with other unicycles though I wouldn’t consider doing inside because most other unicycle have metal pedals.
Giraffes are a tall unicycle. They are usually 5 or 6 feet and an impressive height to be.
Rough terrain paths are more commonly called Mountain Unicycling or Muni. They are used to go up or down hill through dirt and uneven land. They are pretty fun knowing that they can go anywhere a bike can and more and more riders are trying them. It started when people started discovery how cool it was but it beat up there unicycles. Still persistent rider started to evolve the unicycle giving it griping pedals a bigger tire and longer crank arms and adding brakes. Not to mention they added a splined axle which has a larger effective diameter, a better attachment method for the crank arms, and is just plain stronger than traditional axles by a large margin. There are two other types of rough terrain Handmade vs. mass-produced frame. The differences is that the hand made are better in every field but if everything doubles so does they price and boy can they be costly.
The next unicycle I want to mention is the cruisers. They unicycle are wonderful for fitness and I believe even better than biking. The usually have a big diameter wheel anywhere from 29 to the big 39 inch wheel. These unicycle are only good if you don’t plan on doing any tricks.
The last unicycle I am going to mention is the trail unicycle. A trials unicycle is specifically made to withstand and assist hopping and riding over obstacles, and not necessarily at going places. 20-inch is the preferred wheel size, because the smaller wheel is lighter and more maneuverable. Because of the constant pounding a trials unicycle endures, it must have a very strong axle and crank set. A fat tire completes the trials image, for a cycle with lots of bounce for those hops and drops. If you are interested in a type of freestyle where you hop and don’t plan on going any distance or doing tricks inside the trials is a very adequate substitute for freestyle unicycle.
I hope you enjoyed this introductory on unicycles please leave a comment. =)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

One gear fine for me

Have you every wonder what was as easy as walking comfy as a bike but fun like a skateboard. I have the answer... (Drum roll please)... unicycle. Though it has one wheel unicycle is definitely a sport to consider. This is not like the other sports because of a few reasons. It not something you learn but something you master. To be able to ride a unicycle you need to be able to have patient. I know this is tiring to hear (my parents have been yanking me about this for years) but the most important part of unicycle is patient. Then comes the fun. Maybe it’s as you whiz through town streets or as you do tricks at a skate park, everyone watching you, (or if you’re like me getting extra candy on Halloween for your “effort”). No matter what other people say unicycle is a true skill.

I have recently gone to the beach with my unicycle. Boy was it fun। All beach accesses stairs were perfectly made so you can to go up and down. Or maybe you prefer to set up sea coral and jump over it . And as the cool breeze of the ocean front in an old town with shimmering light pools you ride smoothly maybe doing a trick or two as the older men drink watching you do your act.. you might end up with a couple dollars. Or maybe some of you like me have tried to do it in the mountains or MUni. Which is fun and game till you fall and cut up your legs just to get up raging with more ambition in your eyes. This time you bounce of a rock or two. And as most of you have tried the urban jungle is fantastic. You attempt dodge people left and right and whiz by corners and grinding down poles. Unicycle is defiantly an all terrain machine.

If you want (and please do) post comments about your adventure and or send me an email and ill be glad to write it in my next article.