Unicycles are a fun toy that a lot of kids don't ever use.
I personally think that they are great because they challenge you.
I like trying things that I'm not used to and that make me get out of my comfort zone.
I think that unicycles are so unique too because you don't see that many around.
If you've never purchased a unicycle before, you would benefit from a bit of education before laying money on the table.
There are actually about 6-8 different kinds of unicycles as well as different wheels which will allow you to do different things.
What Type of Unicycle is for You?
Junior or Learners are good for beginning riders.
These also tend to be much more lightweight than other unicycles on the market.
A junior size it unicycle is typically the best to get for a child.
This would be the kind to purchase if you have an inseam length of less than 23 inches.
You can find this type of unicycle in two different sizes. There are those that come with 16 inch wheels and those that come with 18 inch wheels.
Wheel Size Will Impact your Type of Unicycling
Bigger wheels allow for easier balancing, while smaller wheels allow you to maneuver and perform tricks more easily.
Trials are good for those who want to do tricks off of surfaces like picnic tables or benches.
Muni are off road unicycles and those who want to cycle in the mountains.
Freestyle unicycles are good for competition or more experienced riders.
Road unicycles are good option if your child wants to ride it to school.
Giraffe unicycles are actually driven by a chain and are much taller than others. These can be easier to ride than standard unicycles as long as your child has overcome the fear of being high off the ground. This would not be recommended for beginning riders however.
Then there are several that feature no frames or seats, those that are just for training and others that have just a coasting wheel.
All-purpose unicycles are also a good choice for beginning unicyclers.
It is recommended that you buy a 12 inch unicycle for children under the age of six. For those 6-9 years old, a 16 inch unicycle is a better choice. Then yet, a 20 inch unicycle is good for children ages 10 and older. A 20 inch will also be good for children that are exceptionally tall for their age or even short stature and adults who are beginning to ride.
How to Find the Best Fit for You
Once you have chosen the wheel size for the unicycle you need to make sure that your child is tall enough to ride it.
The leg lengths that manufacturers list are from crotch to floor with shoes on; do not confuse these measurements with trouser length.
For a minimum leg length with standard post is based on lowering a standard seat post as far as it will go before it is touching the tire.
Minimum weight length with shortened seat post is based on shortening the standard seat post. This means that the seat can be lowered further until the base of the seat is just above the unicycle frame. Then, your maximum leg link is determined by raising the seat post to the highest level it can go.
A 16 inch wheel is recommended for very young children, or short people. Even younger children might opt for a 12 inch unicycle. 20 inch wheels are the most popular for beginners because it gives them good balance between learning to ride, and trying some very simple tricks.
It 24 inch size we'll we'll get you where you need to go in fewer wheel turns. This is the standard sized for unicycle racing, but it is also great for cruising around or learning basic tracks.
There is quite a big difference between a 20 inch and a 24 inch unicycle. The difference is actually in the wheel. If you have a child within inseam of 25 inches or taller a 20 inch unicycle is a good option.
Beginning adults, or older and taller children with 28 inch inseam with most likely do better on a 24 inch unicycle because the larger wheel moves more slowly and is easier to control.
It is very important to find a seat that is comfortable for your child, otherwise, they will not want to ride it and your money will be wasted. It is also essential to find a seat that has a good handle if your child will be using a muni unicycle.
The more curved the unicycle seat is, the more stable and secure your child might feel.
Other things to note
I suggest finding a unicycle that has a stand two keep the unit from experiencing extra wear and tear by lying on the ground. If a unicycle you are interested in purchasing does not come with a stand, you can easily purchase one separately.
Check here for some simple tips on how to ride a unicycle.
Best Unicycles for Kids
1. Torker Unistar CX 24 Inch Unicycle
Take a look at this Torker Unistar CX 24 Inch Unicycle that has a very nice quick release seat post.
At 16 pounds, it is very lightweight so your child will not get too tired to quickly.
It does very well on pavement, as well as gravel.
2. Torker Unistar CX 20 Inch Unicycle
With the same features, this Torker Unistar CX 20 Inch Unicycle would also be a good choice for a younger child or someone who likes to perform tricks.
3. Uno 20 Inch Unicycle
The Lightest Unicycle
I like the extra curve in the seat of this Uno 20 Inch Unicycle.
It is the most lightweight at only 11.4 pounds and is quite easy to adjust as well.
4. Avenir DLX Unicycle
I love that this Avenir DLX Unicycle comes with a frame that gives you three different sizes.
It offers a smooth ride and can handle some basic tricks.
5. Aosom Deluxe 20 Inch Wheel Unicycle
A more affordable option is this Aosom Deluxe 20 Inch Wheel Unicycle that comes with a stand for convenience.
It can accommodate 31 inches to 36 ½ inches in height.
If you are not sure if your child will like unicycling, buying this won’t put you out a lot of money if he decides he doesn’t want it.
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