4 Good, Affordable Unicycles for Beginners

Updated on April 1, 2020
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Unicycling is a unique sport. It grabs attention like nothing else, and it's tons of fun. These are my recommendations for beginners.

Are you interested in learning how to ride a unicycle?
Are you interested in learning how to ride a unicycle? | Source

Looking for a Cheap Unicycle to Learn On?

Unicycling is a unique sport. It grabs attention like nothing else, and it's tons of fun. If you're planning to learn how to ride, you're going to need a solid unicycle to work on your technique.

Finding the best, cheap, beginner unicycle for the money is extremely important. You don't want to break the bank, but you also want a solid ride that won't fail at the wrong moment.

Unicycles need a solid construction. They're built to hold your full body weight on a single wheel, which means the wheel itself has to be strong and well built. Also, they need to have a good frame to withstand punishment during the learning curve. And, of course, they should be easy to maneuver and fun to ride.

This article is intended to help you find a perfect balance. We'll be looking at a few of the top unicycles for beginners by reviewing some great, affordable options. Let's get going!

What a Good, Beginner Unicycle Looks Like

If you're new to unicycling, you can technically learn to ride on anything. However, it's a lot easier to learn and become proficient if you understand a few of the fundamentals. Here are a few things I'd suggest looking for:

Smaller Wheels

I recommend smaller wheels for unicycle newbies. First, they're more maneuverable and give you more control. Secondly, they're lower in height, and that makes mounting and dismounting a lot easier.

Once you're more comfortable, you can upgrade to larger wheels, which give you a higher top end speed.

Wide Tires

If you're a new unicycle rider, I'd recommend finding one that has wider tires for more stability. That way, a bump or crack in the road is less likely to knock you off balance. Larger tires mean that it's less maneuverable and harder to pedal, but it's worth it.

Seat Handle

Most of the best unicycles for beginners will include a handle, but not all. A handle is nice because it's good to have something to hang on to when dismounting and steering. Not everyone prefers to use their handle, but I find it very helpful.

1. Avenir: A Good, Cheap "Mountain" Unicycle

As I mentioned earlier in the article, it's good for a beginner unicycle to have a solid frame. This one by Avenir has a great one, and at a great price tag, too.

With the 20-inch wheel, this is a great beginner unicycle to learn on. It has a shorter seat post, so it's not the best choice if you're tall. The low height makes getting on and off a lot easier, however, and the small wheel is easier to control.

If you're hoping to get into trails unicycling, you'll want grippier tires; the 20-inch wheel is great for learning, but you'll need something with more bite for serious trails riding.

It has a rigid steel frame with a modern, cotterless crank that's easy to upgrade. The one thing I wish this one had was a decent seat handle, but it's still one of the best cheap unicycles for beginners.

2. Diamondback LX: A Fantastic Unicycle for Learners or Pros

Diamondback is a wonderful brand that's well known and respected. It's also a lower priced brand, meaning that their products are among the best unicycles to learn to ride on.

The LX has a few features that make it special. First off, it's gorgeous. The frame is a specialized chromoly fork that's about as strong as you can get. You'll notice that the top of the fork is flattened. That's intentional, and it's done to give you a more stable platform for your feet if you want to learn tricks.

The wheel is a 20 inch, which I recommend for beginner unicycle riders for control. The tire is a wider, street style, which has chunky tread and good stability—ideal for pavement.

The seat itself has a front handle, and the whole thing is very solid and well thought out. It's among the best, cheap unicycles for beginners, but one you'll still enjoy riding once you're a pro.

3. Fun 20: A Cheap, Accessible, Entry-Level Unicycle for Newbies

If you're looking for a unicycle that's inexpensive and durable, Fun is your brand. Their cycles are definitely basic compared to the more expensive options I've reviewed, but they're pretty good. Certainly adequate to learn, ride, and have some Fun on!

In many cases, the best choice for a beginner unicycle is one that's cheap and effective—who knows whether or not the rider will stick with it, so why invest a ton of money?

This one has an aluminum alloy wheel that's paired to a wide, mid-tread Kenda tire. The fork itself is high tension steel, and the seatpost comes with a quick release adjustor to change the seat height on the fly.

It doesn't have a handle, but there is a prominent front and back "lip" that you can hang on to.

Overall, if you're learning how to ride a unicycle and you want a simple and inexpensive ride, Fun is a good option.

4. Nimbus II: A Seriously Awesome Beginner's Unicycle

One of my favorite brands is Nimbus. They consistently produce an excellent quality unicycle, and they're built to last. While they're not cheap, they're one of the best unicycles for beginner riders because they're so nicely balanced and smooth.

The Nimbus II is a 24-inch unicycle, so it's a good size for a learner, yet big enough for an intermediate rider to enjoy. The cranks are modern, three piece, and aluminum alloy.

The frame is aluminum, as well, making it light, though the seat post is chromed steel. The seatpost is pretty long, and you might need to cut it to the proper size if you're short. The tire has a good width to it, making it stable but without too much resistance. The saddle has a handle both front and back.

It's a very well-rounded ride, and one of the best cheap unicycles for beginner riders around. Well worth the price tag.

I'd also encourage you to check out Nimbus' selection of higher priced unicycles, they're a great brand to move into once you're comfortable on one wheel.

A young unicyclist enjoying an afternoon in Central Park, New York City.
A young unicyclist enjoying an afternoon in Central Park, New York City. | Source

How to Ride a Unicycle: Some Tips

There are other articles that do a better job of teaching you how to ride a unicycle, so I won't spend too much time here. I will just give you some personal tips to help get you up and riding on a single wheel.

  • Start learning to ride next to a wall. You can then put one hand out to steady yourself if you feel off balance. That way, you only have to worry about the front and back, not the "side-to-side" balancing act.
  • Get a helmet and pads. It's actually really unlikely that a beginner unicycle rider will fall and injure themselves (most riders always land on their feet), but you never know. Get the proper safety gear and avoid the scars.
  • Remember that momentum is your friend. You'll have the temptation to go really slow, but you'll only feel stable if you're moving at a decent clip. If you feel like you can't get over the "hump," try adding a bit more speed.

Hopefully you won't give up. Learning how to ride a unicycle isn't an easy task, and it can be quite frustrating. Read some of the other great articles out there and absorb as much as you can.

At a certain point, it will all just click, and you'll be riding like the wind. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

Any good unicycles for beginners I missed? Comments?

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      14 months ago

      A 20 inch uni may seem easy for a beginner but unless you want to be a stret trials rider you will want a larger tire soon. I'd always say if you are an adult you should start with a 24 because you can ultimately stay with the size if you do not wish to struggle again. The more versatility you have the better you will be. I like middle ground where you can move to a larger or smaller tire depending where your new hobby takes you. I always wanted to be a Muni so it was a no brainer to me. I'd add the most important tip to the learning curve is be patient with yourself

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      2 years ago

      What's the name of the blue one?

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      3 years ago

      o really want the blue one,the tips are really good too but there's also the red one,but witch ever one I get I know it'll be fun to do,learn,and ride!


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