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Old 2016-12-30, 05:36 PM   #1
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Hi all, new to the forums.

I'm a 30 year old female who's wanted to unicycle for all of my life, but never been allowed!!

Luckily for me, my partner bought me a 20" for Christmas and I'm gonna finally get cracking!!

I've spent about 2 hours inside and practicing "idling" (really just holding on to a counter and pretending to balance) and about an hour outdoors flinging myself from an wall into the great outdoors.

So far I've managed mounts against a brick (stopping a roll back?) and managed to wobble a whole 1 revolution (or 2 steps) unsupported. Really all I've managed is to quickly wiggle my legs as a fall...but I understand from reading loads of threads on this forum that that's all there is to it in the beginning.

My inner upper thighs are killing and I'm guessing that's coming from rubbing on the seat?

I'm open to any and all advice that anyone is willing to give, and if anyone is in the north east region of England, gimme a shout

Happy "falling with style" everyone
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Old 2016-12-30, 05:46 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, UniRosie! It sounds like you are making a great start!
My only advice is to have patience, and stick with it. Try to practice a little while every day (if you can). In my experience, multiple short practices are better than one long one. This is all about training the brain, and developing "muscle memory."
Almost all riding problems can eventually be solved by more riding. Keep in mind the unicyclist's mantra: "Hours in the saddle."
Good luck, post updates, and post photos and videos!
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Old 2016-12-30, 06:10 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, especially one from Old Albion.......

Check out the Spinning Woman thread a tad lower down on the forum than your starter.... Beginner... Devon I think..... sorry I am hopeless at remembering things... Happy New Year to you anyway.
The inner thighs will chafe like the deuce for a bit, you will come off (UPD) a lot, but seriously, stick with it, it gets easier as you learn, or rather the brain to configure itself to balancing. More the better.. !!!
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Old 2016-12-30, 06:14 PM   #4
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Another beginner - Devon UK

This is the thread, full of wonderful feminine advice etc..... lots of info from the experts as well.....
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Old 2016-12-30, 06:34 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys, I'm gonna try to practice practice practice.

I actually read the thread about the cycling vicar from Devon and enjoyed it very much!!

I suspect that daily practice in the winter will be restricted to either indoors or maybe 20 minutes in my back garden (still too shy to go in the street at my own house, parents is a different matter) but on Monday I have a whole day to dedicate and I'm hoping to spend 30 mins / an hour on the uni and 30 mins watching videos or on the forum.

I'm going with the balance and fling method- fully believe that holding a wall will hinder me (correct if wrong) I ride a motorbike and I can wheelie and trick balance on that so I think my sidey sidey balance might be okay. I've only fallen off the front which I think means pedal more haha
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Old 2016-12-30, 07:17 PM   #6
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Yes, I'm glad I started learning in the summer! It's a lot harder to squeeze in practice time with short days and poor weather. It sounds like you've got a good start on it - for some reason, I found the side to side balance really hard. Good luck, and just don't give up!
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Old 2016-12-30, 07:25 PM   #7
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Thanks SpinningWoman. Your post was the first I read in its entirety on this site and I'm overjoyed with your progress!!!

I'm not gonna give up now, haha. Totally got the bug. Going from one step to two steps was amazing! So when I get to 3 it'll be even better.
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Hi Rosie, welcome to the forum

I'm also from the north east of England, a little seaside town called Cleethorpes, if you've heard of it? Maybe we could meet for a practice session sometime.
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Old 2016-12-30, 10:27 PM   #9
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Hi Juni, thanks for the offer, I'm significantly more north than that (but just as east) in newcastle, so still a 3 hours drive
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Old 2016-12-30, 10:59 PM   #10
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flinging myself from an wall into the great outdoors.
That is the best way to learn. IMO. No walls, post or fences just go for it. Launch off your brick and away you go. When you are going far enough get a brick at each end.

And we don't fall we have UPD's, unplanned dismounts.

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Old 2016-12-30, 11:20 PM   #11
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I'm also from the north east of England, a little seaside town called Cleethorpes,
Not far from some of my ancestral grounds. My mother's paternal grandfather was born in Caistor and lived in Laceby before emigrating to Australia in 1886. My grandmother was still in contact with relatives in Grimsby in the 1970s.
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Old 2016-12-31, 02:15 AM   #12
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Welcome! I didn't learn until age 47 so don't let that slow you down. As far general pain just hang in there, it will get better.
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Thanks so much everyone for your words of encouragement, I'm going to take the uni with me today in case I get a spare 5 minutes to practice mounting and getting my balance
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Old 2016-12-31, 11:02 AM   #14
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Hi Juni, thanks for the offer, I'm significantly more north than that (but just as east) in newcastle, so still a 3 hours drive
So we can assume you fully master the accent from your neighbors from even further north...

So here's my favorite tutorial:

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Old 2016-12-31, 04:32 PM   #15
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Thanks for that video, I love it!!!

Thanks for the support everyone. I've noticed that the upper inner thigh area is like purple with bruises so I'm wondering if everyone goes that or if I'm maybe mounting slightly wrong...
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