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Old 2019-05-13, 12:49 AM   #9
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia
Age: 60
Posts: 1,148
You have not failed until you give up.

Many beginners struggle because they are too upright, put too much weight on the seat and become dependent on supports like fences.

Starting out learning unicycle has very little to do with balance. Balance comes later. Fundamentally it is about putting the wheel under your fall. Fences encourage the learner to think about balance.

Use a fence only long enough to learn to steer by twisting then get away from the fence. Fences proscribe your track and inhibit the fundamental action of putting the wheel under your fall. A few minutes is enough to learn to steer. Any more than this on the fence and you will delay your learning.

Use a back stop to take off. Put one foot on the back pedal (at about 4 or 8 o'clock depending on your preferred foot) to hold the wheel against the stop. This prevents the uni rolling backwards. Lean yourself and the uni much further forward than you expect then step up to the other pedal and accelerate the uni quickly. You need to get past going slow because that is an advanced skill.

Think, put the wheel where you would put your foot if you were walking. This mantra uses parts of the brain already trained for walking.

Lean you body slightly forward but don't hunch. The uni should be sloping slightly backwards. This is a much more stable and forgiving position than upright. Don't lean too much though.

Keep most of your weight on the pedals until you have learnt to control the position of the wheel. Too much weight on the seat before you get the wheel position right will pop the uni out from under you. Grip the nose of the seat between your thighs.

Have the seat height so you can catch a fall to the side. Too high and you will feel uneasy about side falls. Too low and you won't be able to grip the nose of the seat with your thighs because your thighs will be moving too much.

Try to find a place with thick soft grass on smooth ground with a very slight downhill. The grass slows down the response of the wheel and makes falling less frightening. You will fall a lot unicycling. Best get some practice in early.

Once you are comfortable about falling and can ride a few metres, move onto a hard level surface. Use wrist, knee and elbow protection.
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