Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The HitchHiker Wheel

Does anyone out there have a HitchHiker Wheel (see also here)? I am thinking of buying one, but I won't have the opportunity to try it out first.

I want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly about this wheel. I want to know everything from what kind of yarn it spins well to whether it will fit in my bicycle's basket.


~Tonia~ said...

I haven't had any experience with it myself, but a friend of mine tried it at a festival.

Sadly she wasn't impressed. She said it was hard to spin on. She said that the single treddle was not easy to use and she didn't think that it was made very well.

As I said, I haven't had any experience with it and just thought that I would pass on the info that she gave me. She had planned on going and buying one until she tried and looked at one.

I would reccomend, if you can, trying a wheel before you buy it. It is such a personal thing and not all wheels are right for everyone. Are there any local fiber festivals or spinning shops that you could go to and try out a few different ones?

Morandia said...

I've used one. Granted, compared to my Rose, it's not great, but honestly, for a small traveling wheel, it's not bad. It has a bit of vibration if you treadle fast at all, but other than that, ok. I'm still considering getting one to keep in my car.