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Old 2013-10-08, 05:05 PM   #16
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BTW- do you think it is ever too old to learn?
I also started at 50. It probably took me 5 hrs before I could go more than 10 pedal strokes w/o falling; to ride 100 feet took me closer to 10 hrs. And, it did *not* get much easier - I don't think I had free mounting down until after a good 50 hrs of practice.

But - to answer your question - I think the only age limiting factor would be fragility- I cant imagine learning w/o falling a bit, and we do get more fragile as we age. All the more reason to learn now.
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Old 2013-10-08, 06:01 PM   #17
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Thanks for the encouraging words everybody and sorry to hijack the thread.

Back to the book. I’ve only started the first exercise of getting on the unicycle. They seem like well written, straight forward instructions. I have to say the addition of the YouTube video was helpful. I look forward to making progress.
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Old 2013-10-09, 03:00 AM   #18
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I was surprised by the advice to start with the pedals at 12/6 o'clock. This is usually refered to as the dead zone since you have zero leverage on the pedals. Granted, a lot of people start this way but it will become a habit that will need to be broken in the long run. Pedals at 3/9 o'clock allow you to control the wheel, but I suppose most beginners default to 12/6 unless instructed otherwise.
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Old 2013-10-10, 02:37 AM   #19
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I would consider one addition - a discussion of how long it generally take to learn. If you haven't found it already, there's great data here:
Not really, there aren't a lot of data points and it's ~10 years old. I'd like to see some data a bit newer.
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Old 2013-10-22, 05:23 PM   #20
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Looking forward to reading the book, James. I just sent you a pm with my email address. I have taught about 10 people to ride uni, including my 4 kids. I'm currently in the process of teaching my wife how to ride.
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Old 2013-10-24, 08:00 PM   #21
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Hi all!

Apologies for not getting back to you for a while - I was chasing the sun in California!

In my opinion, if you've got the drive and some spare time, you're never too old to learn. It's great fun and massively satisfying. Though like Samstoney said, fragility may eventually become an issue.

I'll definitely look at the addition of a piece on how long it should/might take you. I did say that it will take a while, and that slow and steady is better than trying to rush into it. But it's definitely a valid point nonetheless.

Blueharmony, I advise people to start in the dead zone to avoid the typical twisting and squirming that I've seen with so many of my friends (who I've pretty much forced to try it!). I think it's a safer place to start. But feel free to disagree!

Darth Elevator, thanks for the message. I've just read it and will reply asap.

Thanks all!
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Old 2014-01-26, 08:59 PM   #22
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Book looks good

I'll be looking at that book later (will likely buy it as well)

I'm still learning. I started learning a while ago (had to take a break due to a sprain and labyrinthitis, back-to-back - It's hard to Uni when the ground feels like it's spinning around! )
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Old 2014-01-27, 12:29 PM   #23
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Downloaded and read

Just downloaded and read it last night.
Nice job! The instructions are VERY clear! Great job!!
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Old 2014-02-03, 11:35 AM   #24
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Hi Batou,

Thank you for those kind words. There are still a couple of changes/additions I perhaps need to make, but still I hope it makes the learning experience enjoyable for you. It's certainly worth the effort!

If you have any feedback at all, I will be grateful to hear it.

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Old 2014-03-03, 09:16 PM   #25
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I'll be waiting for the PDF. I hate ebooks. However, I'd read it on my computer!
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Old 2014-03-13, 09:36 AM   #26
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Hi Kool,

If you'd prefer the PDF version, you can get it from my website:

http://www.jameshields.com/store/

using PayPal, for just £5.

@ everyone else, I'd love some reviews on the Kindle Store or Google Play Store, if anybody's willing :-)


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