Size Matters (Not?)

Recently, I’ve taken to wondering aloud why there’s a very obvious preference by recent new riders to go for a larger wheel size. I’ve been doing my rounds on my 29″ the last few years and the other few frequent riders are riding on their larger wheels too but it’s only because we’ve been clocking distance rather than technique.

I’m quite surprised by the number of people who’ve been talking about owning a 29″ uni and it seems that 24″ ones are more popular than the 20″ ones these days. A lot of the newer riders are taken by the thrill of going offroad or the fun in using a unicycle to commute but it really does beget the question of if the trend is due to influence.

My favorite uni is still my 20″ trials. It’s versatile enough to do tricks with, I like hopping with it and it’s light enough to lug around. It rolls down stairs and steps effortlessly and it’s not tall like the bigger unis so I don’t feel intimidated when learning stuff. Perhaps I’m wrong but I think a lot of people have the misconception that a smaller uni is not as fun since you can’t travel to places with them. It’s really quite misguided though.

Personally, I’ve

  • Traveled with my uni in a hand-carry luggage
  • Rode Pasir Ris to Boon Lay
  • Played Hockey
  • Learnt 80% of whatever tricks I know
  • Performed with it
  • Muni-ed with it

I’d probably spend more time on my larger wheel but regardless, I’d still want my small wheel around for the versatility it offers.

Do you ride a small wheel too and why?

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9 Comments

  1. Mox
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi, just wondering what size would u recommend to a unicyclist wanna be like me ? I am planning to get one in the next few mths

  2. JH
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    If you’re <1.7m tall, go for a 20" and if you're above that, a 24". If you're on a budget, get a beginner uni but if you know what exactly you want to be doing on it (ie. going offroad, tricks) then go for it. Most importantly though, don't be stingy and get a cheap seat.

    Hm I should make a post on this soon.

  3. Mox
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Oh ok… i m only slightly over 1.7m lol. Just wondering anyone here with experience of ordering from miyata online ?

  4. JH
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    There are a few of us who have. Miyata has very pretty unicycles but shipping can cost depending on where you are located.

    If you’re based in Singapore, have you checked out http://www.team-uni.com?

  5. Mox
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    yap. i did. But i would like to buy a miyata one if possible =)

    considering this model below.
    http://www.mys-co.com/shop/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=142

    btw u mentioned about shipping, shouldnt it be covered by miyata ? O.o

  6. JH
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow, there’s a very pretty unicycle!
    No, shipping is separate. I can’t remember how much it is but you can check after you check out the item. Also, given the price of that uni, be prepared to shell out an additional 7% for GST when the postman delivers the package.

  7. Mox
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    hmmm it will be all in a box rite ? i m suppose to assemble it myself from the box i suppose ?

  8. BJ
    Posted December 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I am new to Unicycling, I have been cycling for more than a decade, I do roller blading too and I am very interested to pick up unicycling, because I hardly see in photos people actually carrying backpacks and unicycling so I am wondering if its feasible to carry heavy weights and cycle and whether it will hurt my back and since I am studying now and I want an alternative transport other than cycling to the mrt or purchasing a foldable bike. Do email me! Thanks!

  9. Forrest
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    @BJ

    It is not ideal to unicycle with a huge amount of weight on your back. However I unicycle to school every day with probably about 5-10kg on my back. So it can be done, but you will want to be able to ride fairly well before weighing yourself down.

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