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Old 2010-05-09, 03:25 AM   #1
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How long does it usually take to learn to ride a unicycle?

I am just wondering how long it takes to learn to ride and free mount a unicycle. I have only had mine roughly 6 hours and can already free mount and ride with extreme ease. I am just curious if thats normal?
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Old 2010-05-09, 03:34 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I know this has been asked and answered much in the past so you could do well to search the forum for the answer. I'll try to help if I can, but a little searching could probably get you the answers you need without relying on my ability to recall information.

If memory serves the number is around 15 hours. So, If you are riding and mounting easily with only a third of that time I would say you are doing well.
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Old 2010-05-09, 03:52 AM   #3
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I also learnt all that in about 6 hours
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Old 2010-05-09, 04:01 AM   #4
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Dang dude! I learned how to free mount after roughly a month.
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Old 2010-05-09, 04:15 AM   #5
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I've multiple theories like between10-16 hours or a week for everyday it took for you to learn to ride a bike.
And congradulations
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Old 2010-05-09, 05:25 AM   #6
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my pocket answer is 6-10 hours of practice : ) took me about 6 over the course of a week, during IJA : ) and I learned on carpet ; )
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Old 2010-05-09, 05:31 AM   #7
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it depends on if you learn with a wall or not. i learned w/out a wall and it took weeks to be able to go 20 ft
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Old 2010-05-09, 06:08 AM   #8
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Klaas Bil has a database somewhere that shows how long it took various people to learn with info on age and wheel size. I think the overall average was around 10 hours.
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Old 2010-05-09, 06:26 AM   #9
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Klaas Bil has a database somewhere that shows how long it took various people to learn with info on age and wheel size. I think the overall average was around 10 hours.
You can find a summary of the results at

http://www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/agelearn_short.htm
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Old 2010-05-09, 09:10 AM   #10
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I cannot give a precise answer in hours, but on the first day my biggest success was riding ~20m freely. I estimate I practised for 5 or 6 hours that day...
On the 2nd day, it went far better. Hundreds of metres, and sometimes about a kilometre, before I had to dismount. And I did my first freemount quite early that day.

So I think, at least in the early phase, I learned about as quickly as you...
I still haven't managed to idle or ride backwards though.
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Old 2010-05-09, 03:52 PM   #11
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Smile Idle??

Thanks for all the help and I learned without a wall or anything thanks! Does anyone know of anything to help me learn to idle?
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Old 2010-05-09, 05:48 PM   #12
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6 hours seems to be pretty quick. It took me about a week before I could ride over 20 feet. I would learn to hop up curbs next so you can go exploring. Welcome to unicycling.
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Old 2010-05-09, 06:42 PM   #13
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6 hours seems to be pretty quick. It took me about a week before I could ride over 20 feet. I would learn to hop up curbs next so you can go exploring. Welcome to unicycling.
I agree. I've been riding over a year and still can't hop up a curb. It can be limiting (though I find ways around it).
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Old 2010-05-09, 06:54 PM   #14
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Really depends on you, your devotion to practice and determination. I'm sure there are some who will tell you that they learned, not only to ride in just a couple hours, but that were doing ww, crank flips and unispins in the first few days, lol! That may be true in rare cases, but that's definitely the exception, not the rule.

Bottom line is, if you can ride a bike and have an average sense of balance, you should be able to acquire the basics of mounting and riding in a straight line, on smooth, even ground, within a week or two. I would strongly suggest learning to freemount asap, rather than use a wall, poles, or someone's shoulder. Initially it's ok, but once you can freemonut, everything else will come from that.
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Old 2010-05-09, 09:40 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the help and I learned without a wall or anything thanks! Does anyone know of anything to help me learn to idle?
The free downloadable booklet "Learning to unicycle" has a chapter on how to learn idling. Get it from http://www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/uni_beginners.htm
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