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Old 2019-11-15, 05:53 AM   #1
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New Beginner Uni - DRS 20 inch Solo Expert

I am 50 yo, and I have always wanted to learn to ride a unicycle.
I have enjoyed conventional cycling all my life and have owned and ridden many different bikes over the years. The bikes I have ridden that were the most fun were the ones I built myself. I built my first bike when I was 10 yo that was a steel dragster frame with 20 inch wheels, backpedal breaks and modified 'Cow Horn' handlebars. There is something beautiful about simple machines like my first 'hack bike'.
Hence the desire to go for a machine that is ultra-simple- a unicycle...

So I bought a new 'beginner' Uni - DRS 20 inch Solo Expert in white from
https://www.municycle.com.au/catalog...t_id=Learner20

I have heard that these machines are similar to the Torker brand.

Has anyone had any experiences with this type of Uni?
Any beginner tips for a noob like me?
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Old 2019-11-15, 08:23 AM   #2
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Tips for newbies is a fairly common topic. Here is a recent one.

http://unicyclist.com/forums/showthr...=122625&page=2
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Old 2019-11-15, 11:12 PM   #3
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Welcome to the unicycling world, wobblysteve! Your new unicycle looks great, probably a good deal better than what most have learned on.

My main advice would be to settle into a regular practice routine, do it every day or as close as possible, and don't judge yourself on your progress. You might do everything wrong a thousand times before you do it right once but the score doesn't matter. Learning to ride a unicycle takes longer for most people than they expected it to, so don't be too surprised.

As OneTrackMind says, there are countless threads of beginner advice on this forum to read through, some from as far back as the 1990s. So you'll have plenty to do in the 23 or so hours a day when you aren't practicing.

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Old 2019-11-16, 09:03 AM   #4
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The DRS is a good starter uni I bought one when I replaced my ALDI crane one. It's built much better never needed to adjust the cranks and I rode it around quite a bit. It has a nice curved seat that helps you stay in the saddle easier, the only downside is it lacks a handle in the front. As a beginner you don't use the handle too much as you tend to put both arms out like a tightrope walker.

As your skills progress to intermediate and you stop flailing around like a madman it is nice to have a handle to grasp and go a bit faster but by that time you may want to upgrade unis if you're enjoying the hobby.

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Old 2019-11-17, 01:28 AM   #5
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Any beginner tips for a noob like me?
This video is the best beginner unicycling tutorial I know of. It's what learning to ride looked like for me, except I was on pavement and about 30 years older than this guy. Anyway, do what he does a couple of dozen times, and I can almost promise that you will be riding.
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Old 2019-11-18, 02:33 AM   #6
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Thanks for the reply and advice OneTrackMind. I have been reading-up...
LargeEddie, I was surprised by the quality of the DRS Uni, it went together real easy. The only tools I needed was a 15 mm pedal spanner and Allen keys for the seat clamp and the main cap bearing assembly (I'm used to calling this bit a bottom bracket, but better start using uni terminology).
I can relate to your statement Unigan -
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I did quite a bit of this yesterday (on grass), exactly the way song's video showed. You must be a better man than me song, as I did about 40 tries, and on approx 4 of those managed to get about 3 to 4 pedal strokes before falling off. I pulled up a bit sore today.

Here's a pic of my new ride (not really riding yet though)
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Old 2019-11-18, 02:39 AM   #7
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Tips for newbies is a fairly common topic. Here is a recent one.

http://unicyclist.com/forums/showthr...=122625&page=2
Thanks for the response OneTrackMind, I have been reading-up... Lots of great information here.
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Old 2019-11-18, 02:46 AM   #8
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Welcome to the unicycling world, wobblysteve! Your new unicycle looks great, probably a good deal better than what most have learned on.

My main advice would be to settle into a regular practice routine, do it every day or as close as possible, and don't judge yourself on your progress.
Hey LargeEddie, the DRS uni is great, it went together real easy with the aid of a 15 mm pedal spanner, Allen keys and some bike grease. I practiced for about an hour yesterday on grass and fell off about 40 times. Yeah Im not keeping score but I did manage a few runs where I pedalled about 4 rotations before falling. I's quite an adrenallin rush... brought back memories of learning to ride a bike as a kid..

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Old 2019-11-18, 02:50 AM   #9
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The DRS is a good starter uni

As your skills progress to intermediate and you stop flailing around like a madman.
Yeah Unigan, the DRS is great. I was surprised how light it was for a steel frame (I guess Unicycles are pretty light anyway...)
And I spent some time yesterday flailing around like a madman...
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Old 2019-11-18, 02:53 AM   #10
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This video is the best beginner unicycling tutorial I know of. It's what learning to ride looked like for me, except I was on pavement and about 30 years older than this guy. Anyway, do what he does a couple of dozen times, and I can almost promise that you will be riding.
This is how I sterted my practicing yesterday, thanks for posting this tutorial Song.
I did have the sense to start on grass... most of the falls were back on to my feet thankfully, however I did end up having a roll in the grass a few times.
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Old 2019-11-18, 06:40 AM   #11
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Yeah Unigan, the DRS is great. I was surprised how light it was for a steel frame (I guess Unicycles are pretty light anyway...)
And I spent some time yesterday flailing around like a madman...
If you're still learning to ride more then a few feet don't practise on grass. Grass is very challenging to learn to ride on initially as it has many bumps and dips that are concealed from your eyes and you really need to be able to ride by feel to pull it off, your best bet is to find the smoothest concrete available with plenty of room. If you're really worried about hurting yourself get some gloves with good wrist support and a helmet. If you're falling off the back a lot you're probably not leaning forward enough or pedalling fast enough.

Once you can ride on concrete/bitumen easily then progress to challenging yourself on grass. What is your skill set currently at? How far can you ride before you come off?
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Old 2019-11-18, 08:19 PM   #12
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A view from the other side... literally.

Keep learning on grass.
Sure it's harder in the beginning but once you learn that anything else is super easy. (pavement, gravel, sand, muddy puddles, snow, etc...)
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Old 2019-11-18, 09:01 PM   #13
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A view from the other side... literally.

Keep learning on grass.
Sure it's harder in the beginning but once you learn that anything else is super easy. (pavement, gravel, sand, muddy puddles, snow, etc...)
Fair comment! Transitioning from grass riding to concrete would be easy, no learning curve, but going from concrete to grass riding is hard and unnerving for anybody who hasn't ridden on or mastered grass before.
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Old 2019-11-19, 02:34 AM   #14
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What is your skill set currently at? How far can you ride before you come off?
I dont have any protective gear yet, so I'm happy with my practice on grass... The thought of practicing on pavement scares me (until I get some protection at least)

I understand, Unigan, that practicing on flat even (low resistance) surfaces will be easier... and I will be giving this a go once I have a helmet and maybe wrist wraps/gloves.

I managed 5 pedal rotations on grass before I fell of last night... this is also due to the fact that I ran out of space. I got too close to a raised garden bed and bailed.

Does riding a Uni ever become second nature like riding a bike?
How much attention does it take once you can ride?
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Old 2019-11-19, 02:43 AM   #15
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Fair comment! Transitioning from grass riding to concrete would be easy, no learning curve, but going from concrete to grass riding is hard and unnerving for anybody who hasn't ridden on or mastered grass before.
Thanks for the responses Gockie and Conoeheadted.

I think it will take me some time to master the uni regardless of whether I practice on grass or pavement...

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