pancake head <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Yes! I agree with you and all of things that happened to you seem to
> have happened to me (i.e., leaning and counter balancing). I feel the
> living room is becoming a smaller and smaller playground. About a dozen
> times already, I forced myself to halt from riding any further because I
> would have smacked into the wall. If instead I was outside, I could have
> easily ridden further (maybe another 2 to 4 full pedal cycle at least).
I was the same way when I recently re-learned how to ride. I could go
10-15 ft. on carpet, but the first time I went outside on good terrain I
went 50 ft before I got tired and had to stop. I was very surprised. You
ought to try it outside at least once. If you’re in Austin, try the south
end of the LBJ library complex on a weekend. Lots of flat ground, places
to mount, and nobody around.
> Right now, I “almost” feel confident that I now can go outside - I just
> don’t want people to laugh when I fall down, as the indoor living room
> shield me from anybody staring or watching me fall over a million times.
> But that’s the wrong attitude, I know. I’m going to have to get over
> lest I’ll never get to know how to ride a unicycle. Since I really,
> really, want to learn how to ride my unicycle, I think eventually I’ll
> get over my phobia and practice outside with my neighbors watching.
> It’s going to eventually attract attention anyway - because once I
> become a good
> I’ll be riding at the park and I know the process of riding a unicycle
> attract strong attention. Hopefully, it will attract females
> attention, too! <big grin>
It gets lots of attention, even when you’re not riding. A few young women
have appeared interested and impressed with my riding, but it’s mostly
kids and teenagers who have talked to me about it. Some of them want to
try it, and some won’t try it after I offer it to them. You’d think that
reckless teenage boys would have no hesitation in trying it, but that’s
not always the case.
My perception is that people want to see you ride, even for a short
distance, and they don’t care if you fall off. I think a lot of people
have never seen anyone ride a unicycle in person, and they’re just
it. They don’t have the judgement to know who’s good and who’s not. A
few kids have asked me whether I ride in the circus, and I’m not