A little progress report and some questions...

Well, I’m doing much better on 1 ft WW, and it’s getting to the 8 or 9 times out of ten point. I have also gotten better at backwards 1 footed, and I can go about 10 feet doing SIF backwards, I can do Seat on Side perfectly in a straight line now, and I am still up against a wall with backwards WW. Any tips on bkwrds WW? I also need tips stand up WW, anything will help. I can’t wait to get tips tomorrow at the uni meet. I know JSM can help me out a ton! Thanks in advance!

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My advice for stand up ww would be just to practice just standing up ther for ages watching tv you soon get the control to stay up.

Backwards WW would be just try and get your feet sorted out more than anything. also to lean about / as well when your doing it.


forward that much?!?! when I tried it I would totally fall it I leaned that much. Don’t you think this much - / - is an exaggeration?

Any more ideas, peoples?

switch to trials or muni? :slight_smile:

“/” may be a slight exaggeration, but you do lean forward lots for backward wheel walk.

When you first start learning backward wheel walk, I recommend doing it barefoot and in a open room with a ceiling against which you can brace yourself. The advantage of working with a ceiling is that you can get a feel for the motion while still being able to steer normally, whereas with a wall you will be unable to go off in the direction of the wall. If you are uncomfortable with barefoot riding, use some flexible shoes that are not very bulky. When you are working on backward wheel walk, your feet get tangled up very easily and it’s hard to get a good grip on the wheel. Doing it barefoot helps solve this problem.

The posture for backward wheel walk is a lot more forward than regular wheel walk. I try to lean my upper body forward, but lean my lower body and the seatpost back, so that I will have more room for my feet. For backward wheel walk, you generally hold your arms straight out to the side. Its hard to say why this helps, but it does.

Backward wheel walk is even slower than forward wheel walk. Try to move your feet in small circles, closely following each other, and push the wheel mostly with your heels. Use your whole foot if you can, but you might find that if you try to use more than the heel, your feet will get tangled up.

If you are having trouble getting into backward wheel walk from idling, concentrate on making the idling smooth and as straight as possible. On the last stroke before moving your feet to the wheel, idle out faster and farther than normal. When the wheel rolls back, it will have some backward momentum which is very useful when getting started. You can also get into this skill from forward wheel walk by coming to a stop, leaning back slightly and holding still for a minute, then reversing direction. Getting out of this skill is pretty straightforward.

Stand-up wheel walk is riding, standing on the frame with one foot, and propelling the wheel with the other. It has an IUF skills list value of 5.0, but it’s not on the skill levels. Before learning it, you should be fairly steady with one-footed wheel walk, and prefferably also be able to glide a little. You need a unicycle with a good sized square fork that you can stand on comfortably, and also a good-sized seat you can grab well with your knees/calves.

The first step in learning this skill is to figure out how to get into it. While holding onto the seat with one hand, and some sort of support with the other, transfer your favorite one-foot wheel walking foot so that it is on the fork and the wheel. Put the other foot on the fork. Position this foot carefully, as it will support most of your weight. I find it works best to put my instep on the fork, not my heel or the ball of my foot. Now lean back a little, and stand up carefully. When you feel steady, move your driving foot down so that it touches only the tire. Turn it in a good ways, so that you are somewhat pigeon-toed. You should be able to move your foot freely. Practice moving along a wall, or while being guided by a spotter until you have some idea how to make the wheel move. Now try to move away from the wall. Make sure you stand up straight; don’t hold the seat, don’t look at your feet. The motion for stand-up wheel walk is a bit different from one-footed wheel walk. You don’t just use your leg to move the wheel; you should try to move the wheel with a kicking motion using your whole body. Different riders do this skill different ways; some push more with the foot, while others use mostly a full body motion and changing of pressure. The first is more stable, while the latter is faster and easier to balance sideways. In either case, you do short stand-up glides between steps. This can be scary, but it’s necessary for learning. This is a very satisfying skill to learn, if only because of the extra height it gives you.

As for the transitions, there are several ways to do it. You can ride, idle or hop, then jump onto the frame, with or without holding the seat, and possibly doing a 180 or 360 unispin on the way up, or you can plant your feet on the fork and stand up from riding, idling, one-footed wheel walk, or gliding. To get into it from riding, ride along slowly while holding the seat, then when your driving foot is near the top of a cycle, plant it on the wheel and fork and brake, leaning back a fair amount. Now in one swift motion, transfer the other foot to the frame, stand up, move your driving foot down, and start taking quick steps. You need to go really fast for the first couple steps. The main thing to remember is to lean back and do it fast. Getting into it from gliding works basically the same way, except you take a long time to brake the wheel before standing up.

That’s what I wrote in the Unicyclopedia for those two skills. You can start work on backward wheel walk now, although it will take a while to learn. Stand-up wheel walk is a very difficult skill, which you might want to wait on for a while. It’s a great skill, but you should probably be a little better at one-footed wheel walk first. I also suggest you learn gliding first, because I think it’s really a necessary skill for stand-up WW, because when you stand- up WW, you usually glide between steps. For advice on learning it, look at the Unicyclopedia, or search the forum archives. There’s lots of stuff on it there.
As soon as you’ve got stand-up WW and gliding down you can learn learn stand-up glide! It’s going to be a while yet for you, but it’s one of the coolest tricks around. I’m having lots of fun with it right now, especially downhill, which is a lot easier, since you don’t have to do the nasty transition from gliding.

When you start working on skills like backward WW, or other advanced WW variations, you’re really moving to a whole different level. Rather than learning tricks in a week or two, you will often have to practice them for months before you can do them well at all. Some general tips for learning difficult skills:

  1. Watch as many videos of the skills as possible. Unicyclist.org and the performance videos linked to in the Unicyclopedia’s resource section are good places to check.
  2. Spend many hours practicing.
  3. Don’t practice the same trick for too long at a time. Unicycling is supposed to be fun, not boring. Try anything that interests you.
  4. Analyze what you are doing; are you going the wrong speed, or leaning too much in one direction, or is there some other problem?
  5. Don’t get discouraged. Have fun!