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  • First time buying a unicycle?

    Is this the first time you have bought a unicycle? Here is some basic help to guide you through selecting a unicycle.

    • What style?


      There are lots of different styles of unicycles because there are lots of different things that you can do on a unicycle. When deciding which unicycle is suitable for you it is worth deciding what sort of riding you are planning to use the the unicycle for. Here are some of the main styles.

      Learner Unicycles

      Learner
      We use this term to describe those unicycles that we feel most suitable for someone who is learning. These are generally the same as the freestyle unicycles but of a less specialist nature. To help people when they are buying their first unicycle we have produced learner kits that contain the most commonly bought items when learning to unicycle. We have two types of learner unicycles; Dodger and Club unicycles, which are suitable for children and are not recommended for people over 11 stone (70kg) and not for jumping or rough use; the Trainer and Circus unicycles are more robust with CroMo hubs and stronger saddles so are suitable for adults as well as children. If you would like a stronger unicycle, have a look at our Freestyle Unicycles.

      Freestyle Unicycles

      Freestyle
      This is a term used to describe the unicycle competition where music, movement and high skill level are mixed. This is an up and coming style in the UK with more people learning freestyle tricks. You will find a good selection of these tricks in our One Wheel No Limit DVD or UNICON dvd. The most common size for freestlye is a 20" wheel. Freestyle unicycles have slick tyres to help with tricks. At Unicycle.com we also use the term 'freestyle' to describe the basic ranges of unicycles that are suitable for majority of tricks and games, like unicycle hockey or basketball.

      Trials Unicycles

      Trials
      Trilas riding is a style which involves jumping over obsticals such as picnic benches, up stairs or along railings. Trials Unicycles have special 19" rims and massive 2.5" wide tyres to help absorb the impact from landing and for greater stability. Trials Unicycles are available with ISIS hub/cranks or cotterless hub/cranks. ISIS hubs being much stronger.

      Road Unicycles

      Road
      It would not be sensible to use a 20"unicycle to commute to work or school, but there are unicycles suitable for this, these we refer to as road unicycles. They generally have larger wheels and proportionally shorter cranks. The UDC 36" and the Coker have a 36"tyre are capable of speeds in excess of 20 mph with an experienced rider, while the 29"Nimbus is quite capable of exceeding 15 mph. These large wheeled unicycles can also be used for cross-country unicycling when fitted with an off-road tyre. With the Schlumpf geared hub you can now also use a smaller wheel but gear it up for commuting or long distance riding. These are not really learner machines and are for experienced riders.

      Muni Unicycles

      Muni
      This is the commonly known abbreviation among unicyclists for Mountain Unicycling. Muni was originally used by Pashley for their range of off-road unicycles, but is now used to mean any off-road unicycle. Off-road unicycles have to be very strong and generally have bigger wheels and longer cranks. The wheel size can vary with 24" for technical Muni and jumping, and 26" and 29" for covering greater distances. Unicycles with splined hub and cranks are much stronger than cotter-less but can be more expensive and heavier.

      Giraffe Unicycles

      Giraffes
      A giraffe is a tall unicycle or to be exact a unicycle which is driven with a chain, this needs to be said because there is no way you could call the fleet mini giraffe a tall unicycle at only 18"above the ground! Giraffes are generally easier to ride than a standard unicycle after you have over come the fear of being so high and the problem of getting up there. This being said, they are not for the beginner because falls can cause injuries.

      Ultimate Wheels

      Ultimate Wheels
      These are like a unicycle with the saddle and frame missing, just a wheel with pedals attached. Quite challenging to ride, though the bigger the wheel the easier they are to ride as you can pedal more slowly.

    • What size?


      To check whether you are tall enough or need a longer seatpost. Here is a rough guide. You will find exact sizes in the item description, remember these sizes are from your crotch to the floor with your shoes on, not your trouser length.

       

      Standard
      Minimum
      Leg Length

      Shortened
      Minimum
      Leg Length


      Maximum
      Leg Length

      12"
      Unicycle

      19.5" (50cm)

      18.5" (47cm)

      24" (61.5cm)

      16"
      Unicycle

      23.5" (60cm)

      20"(51cm)

      29"(74cm)

      20"
      Unicycle

      28" (71cm)

      24" (61cm)

      33" (84cm)

      24"
      Unicycle

      31" (79cm)

      27" (69cm)

      36.6"(93cm)

      26"
      Unicycle

      32" (81cm)

      29" (74cm)

      36" (92cm)

      29"
      Unicycle

      34" (86cm)

      30" (76cm)

      39" (100cm)

      36"
      Unicycle

      29.5" (75cm)

      29.5" (75cm)

      40.5" (103cm)



      You also need to decide what you want to do with your unicycle. Here is a breakdown of the sizes:

      12" Unicycle This is a unicycle designed for a smaller child. It's good for children who are too small to ride a 16" unicycle, but it needs smooth ground and is not really good for outdoors. For children up to 5 year olds.

      Cut Down Seatpost: 18.5" (47cm) Minimum Leg Length: 19.5" (50cm) Maximum Leg Length: 24" (61.5cm)

      16" Unicycle This is a children's unicycle, the small wheel makes it only suitable for very smooth areas. Best used indoors or on smooth ground; not so good outdoors especially if it is rough or uneven, good for learning for 5 to 8 year olds (always check your childs leg length to be sure)

      Cut Down Seatpost: 20"(51cm) Minimum Leg Length: 23.5" (60cm) Maximum Leg Length: 29"(74cm)

      20" Unicycle Traditionally the most popular size of unicycle. These are great indoor, they turn quick and the best size for tricks.. They are great for unicycle hockey or basketball. They are used for Trials with a big tyre. The down side is that they make poor distance machines. Good for learning.

      Cut Down Seatpost: 24" (61cm) Minimum Leg Length: 28" (71cm) Maximum Leg Length: 33" (84cm)

      24" Unicycle This is a common size among adults. Good for outdoors on paths, off-road and open areas although it can be a little bit big for indoors unless you have access to large hall or gym. The bigger wheel can make some of the advanced freestyle tricks harder. Good learner machine. Good for Muni and Trials with a big tyre.

      Cut Down Seatpost: 27" (69cm) Minimum Leg Length: 31" (79cm) Maximum Leg Length: 36.6"(93cm)

      26" Unicycle This is a machine for Muni. If you are interested in off-road then this is what you need if you are not a beginner. These are also great street unicycles. Not really suitable for indoors.

      Cut Down Seatpost: 29" (74cm) Minimum Leg Length: 32" (81cm) Maximum Leg Length: 36" (92cm)

      29"Unicycle This is good for communting. The big wheel makes it fast and smooth. You can also use this for off-road but it's not so good for very rough terrain. Not as fast as a 36" but lighter and more nimble. For advanced riders.

      Cut Down Seatpost: 30" (76cm) Minimum Leg Length: 34" (86cm) Maximum Leg Length: 39" (100cm)

      36"Unicycle The commuting unicycle. If you are a speed fiend then consider one of these, they are fast and smooth. Not a learners unicycle at all and not for indoors.

      Cut Down Seatpost: 29.5" (75cm) Minimum Leg Length: 29.5" (75cm) Maximum Leg Length: 40.5" (103cm)

      Note
      These are approximate sizes only, check the catalogue for the model you want. The cut down seatpost measurement is there to show the leg length after you have cut the seatpost shorter. If your legs are longer than the maximum leg length for that size unicycle you can always purchase a longer seat post.


    • What size unicycle would be easiest to learn on?

      It depends on both your leg length and what kind of riding you want to do.

      If the unicycle is for a child under 10 they are likely to be limited by the length of their legs, select the largest unicycle you can fit them on, up to 20" (you will find the leg length in the description of the unicycle). A 20" wheel will roll better than a 16" and hence will be easier to learn with.

      If the leg length is long enough to fit on a 24" then you need to assess what style of unicycling is preferred. A 20" is best for doing tricks on and riding on smooth ground – these are preferred by jugglers, skate boarders, bmxers, etc... basically people who like doing tricks. 24" is less good for tricks and is better for moving, especially over rougher ground, they are preferred by mountain bikers and road cyclists.

    • How much does delivery cost?

      We can not give you a quick answer for this...  We always charge for shipping, but we charge for it at cost.  We normally will give you multiple options for shipping, so you can choose what service you prefer.

      On our site we have an 'Estimate Shipping and Tax' module, so when you add things to your shopping cart on the site this allows you to get an accurate cost before you commit to buy. This will also set the VAT to the correct level for the delivery address.  If you are outside the EU will not be charged the UK sales tax (VAT).

      There are a few areas in the world that this does not cover. If you email us with a request of what you want and we will produce you a quotation for shipping. This will, generally speaking be, by DHL which calculates it's costs on both weight and volume.  We pack your order then get an exact cost for you rather than guessing.

      If you have any questions on how much shipping will be please email us [email protected]

    • Shopping cart will not give me shipping...

      We can ship almost anywhere, but our shipping system can not always do this automatically with any sense of efficiency. This is due to the packages needing to be both weighed and measured before we can get a shipping cost.

      What we need from you is either an email indicating:
      Quantity and items (giving us the product code helps) you want
      Your full name
      Your delivery address
      Delivery telephone number
      Your PayPal email address

      We will then email you a proforma invoice and a paypal request for payment. The bill will be in UK Pounds.

      Please note that we will deduct for you UK sales taxes (VAT) which is 20%. Although when the goods enter your country there may be a charge put on it by the customs, we can not predict this charge. 

      Do not worry if you do not have a PayPal account as PayPal requests can be used a normal payment gateway using a credit card.

    • What is the guarantee on Unicycle.com unicycles?

      Yes, the unicycles have a one year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.  We also go beyond the legal requirements, we offer you a 28 day cooling off period on all purchases.  Just return it us unused, in resellable condition and we will give you an unconditional refund.  At Christmas we go beyond this as we know that sometimes your well thought out presents are not appreciated. After this period we will repair, or exchange for an equivalent product if a defect is found. Note that damage caused by incorrect assembly (pedal threads or over tight bearings clamps) are specifically excluded. Contact us as soon as you find a defect and we will issue return information. We will refund shipping charges incurred in an authorised return of defective products.

    • Can I buy your unicycles from my local bike shop?

      We do have a few specialist shops that sell some of our key models.  We vet and train the staff in these shops for their unicycle knowledge so they can support the products correctly.  No bike shop will sell the full range of our unicycles… they just can not stock over 140 models of unicycle; we do.

    • What is wrong with buying cheap ebay unicycles?

      Many of these unicycles are sold by people who know nothing about the unicycles and their only interest is to make a quick buck.  As unicyclists we get annoyed by phrases like “suitable for most adults” or "Super Strong Unicycles" when the unicycles are blatantly nothing of the sort.  Often they have tiny weak seats, short weak seatposts, weak single skin aluminium rims and tiny tyres… all of which are unsuitable for most child riders, never mind adults!

    • What makes unicycle.com unicycles better than others?

      Unicycle.com does not buy their unicycles from a supplier in China who produces them in the thousands, for many different companies.  Unicycle.com not only designs and develops their own unicycles at component level but are often the technical experts that are consulted by other brands and manufacturers regarding unicycles.  They are THE experts in this area and are famous for pushing the boundaries of what a unicycle can be and do.   Unicycle.com strive to make unicycles perform better and be better value for money while making them appropriate for the riders ability.  Remember… ALL the staff at unicycle.com ride unicycles.