About Road Unicycling
Road unicycling is a type of unicycling that generally happens on roads. Like road bicycling, road unicycling can take place over varying distances. There can be short sprint races, up to long distance endurance races and tours, where riders will cover hundreds of kilometers. Many people use it as a form of transport, in order to get to work, or go to the shops, but mainly people ride for fun. Road unicycling is a fantastic way to see the world from a different perspective, not only does it make you think about things differently, but you’re higher up!
Unlike other types of unicycling the aim is to cover distance which means road unicycles need to be designed a little differently. Most unicycles are “fixed gear” which means 1 revolution on the cranks gives 1 revolution of the wheel (as opposed to a geared bicycle where 1 rotation of the cranks can give multiple rotations of the wheel) which means to travel a good distance the radius of the wheel needs to be sufficient. Most road unicycles have a wheel (effective diameter) size between 29“-36” to allow their riders to travel a reasonable distance. The handle allows the rider to hold on to something whilst they lower themselves to become a little more streamlined. The handle is also useful because you can attach extra stuff to it like a bag, lights, etc.