Another Pesky Lesson in Humility

Welcome Ronnie
Like you I learned while in mature age… and ended in the emergency ward (broken Achille’s tendon) and suffered many months with a big plaster thing around my leg.
But the happiness of Muniing in the woods overcame everything! I am not very nimble but I can manage it and just be happy!
Come on be uni-happy ! we are waiting for you!

side note: Witold we have now a crazy guy who is learning at age 80! Some more about this later!

That’s one more of us and one less of them.
(Special Honorary Class)

Ok, two more.


Seriously tho, Ronnie, welcome. It’s great to have you on the fora. That’s a great write-up of a heart-breaking story. I trust you’ll hang out with us here while you’re healing?

Wow, that’s some initiation–but welcome!

I did some of my best learning at a local tennis court, alternately clinging to the chain link fence and UPDing. The surface is smooth, spacious, and the nice thing about the fence is that you can grab it no matter which way you’re falling. I felt conflicted when I read all the advice that said ‘avoid learning using walls, fences, and poles, as that only teaches you how to unicycle with crutches’… but I think perhaps that’s exactly what kept me OFF crutches, wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

It’s going to be hard, but try not to buy any more unicycles while you are laid up with nothing to do but browse!

Hi Ronnie,

Welcome to the Unicycling community!

Likewise, I enjoyed your writeup and am sorry to hear about your ankle. I too broke my ankle early on in my unicycling adventures. It kinda sucked because I had to splint it with sticks and hire a horse to cart me out of the Himalayas.
But anyway, the point is, don’t let it set you back too much. If I had given up unicycling back then I would not have met a whole heap of really cool people on this forum and from around the world, travelled to some amazing places, not mention break my leg in Laos last week :stuck_out_tongue:

Anyway, wishing you all the best for your recovery.


I endorse the tennis court method. Wear a pair of gloves since the chain link fence often has sharp little barbs.

I learned at age 50. Now, 7 unicycles later, I ride as often as weather will allow, even if just for a few minutes.

Great account of the bad news, and the good news! My this first post would be much better if write-ups like that make into textbooks of English.

I started on grass, too, and used guards on everything except for my left arm, already in plaster. I had no choice but to get a unicycle after a bad fall off a bike almost ruined my summer cycling plans.

I wish you well, Ronnie, and I find idling with one leg much easier :wink:

Are you the first Lithuanian to post on these fora?

Hang in there Ken,. I like your spirit!

When I broke my ankle I had to stop telling people how I did it. I would get a reaction usualy along the lines of “I bet you won’t do that again” meaning unicycle.

When I would tell people I broke it cycling they would of course assume bicycle and then nobody would expect me to give that up because of an accident.

Unicycling is so much fun and is much safer than so many sports but people just have an idea that it is realy dangerous. But it doesn’t even compared to motor sports or downhill mountainbiking.

Accidents can happen while doing anything you could have broken your ankle crossing the yard and tripping over a sprinkler.

Don’t give up! You will ride that unicycle someday and you will be glad you stuck with it.

Dan )–(X)

I guess so. I had never seen or heard of unicyclists in Lithuania before I started last summer. I’ve persuaded a handful of people into the sport this year and hope there is more highest beings with Ronnie’s attidute when ice and snow retreats here.