Battle Scars

I started to learn to ride a unicycle a few weeks ago. Unfortunately I
haven’t had too much spare time to practice yet, just the odd 10-15 mins
every now and then. Anyway I’m progressing slowly - I started by mounting
the uni using my rose arch to hold on to. Then from here I launch myself
into the abyss trying to travel the width of the patio. Having mastered that
in a controlled fall sort of manor I decided to try then length of the
patio. Anyway managed to get across a few times but called it a day after
getting my first uni battle scar.

I tried hanging on just that little bit too long and one of the pedals span
around straight into the back of my calf muscle!!! I’m sure this is only the
start of several injuries during the learning curve. Good fun though.

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same here but I can now get across the drive about 7 times round lol
but the insides of my thighs are a right mess got lots of moral support from
here
been a busy mum and working I try for about 20 mins a day so keep up the
good work
Alison

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Hi Alsion,

Good to hear from someone else at my sort of level suffering with their
first injuries!!! I do a lot of weight training and as a result of this when
I first started learning I was keeping my legs out more instead of gripping
the seat.

Pardon the expression, but I’ve only just learnt that you need to “mince”
the seat so to speak to control the uni. However this has the result of
messing up the inner thighs. I suppose after time your body will become
accustomed to this abuse like anything else…

Jay.

“mad uni ali” <mad.ali@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
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> same here but I can now get across the drive about 7 times round lol
> but the insides of my thighs are a right mess got lots of moral support
from
> here
> been a busy mum and working I try for about 20 mins a day so keep up the
> good work
> Alison
>
>

Hi Jason,

Whacking my shins with the pedal happened to me lots when I was learning too. You could try:
-using pedals with less bite (ie plastic)
-getting some protection-eg Roach or 661 shin guards. You could probably try cheaper options to start with like some long football socks.

Having the pedal whack my shins happens very infrequently now, usually only when I’m trying stuffing up some new trick.

As for your thighs, I don’t know if the problem is chaffing from your shorts? If so you could try wearing some bike shorts underneath. I don’t usually wear bike shorts alone (fine when I’m biking but looks kinda daft when unicycling-in my opinion).

Or you could look at it as a right of passage…I’m proud of all my scars. Much cheaper than tattoos. My record is 10 stitches from my pedal when I was doing a Mountainbike race on my Unicycle.

Giz :slight_smile:

bicycle shorts

so cycling shorts look daft while uni’ing but ‘leg armour’ is ok?
strange priorities
i find the bits protected and kept out the way when wearing cycling shorts to be waaaaay more important that shins or calves
personal opinion
i wear cycling undershorts (dont look at me, that’s what the label said) under my pants, they r less bulky than normal cycling shorts and i’m quite sure they were made for uni’ing
i normally wear jeans but not exclusively
my two cents worth is a wholehearted support for cycling shorts
get them today
u’ll never know how u rode without them
gilby, any thoughts about getting something like that available on the site?

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Giz
I whack and bruise my thighs as the bike goes back wards behind me ! some
one said let it fall don’t catch it this has helped !!
Maybe my thighs are fat lol its mainly the guard that catches me this is
suppose to protect the seat which so far has done its job
but my partner is getting used to the blue leg look now so not to worry he
thinks I might start a trend and our teenage child will paint theirs lol
for the summer
all the best Alison
“GizmoDuck” <GizmoDuck.42j8m@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> Hi Jason,
>
> Whacking my shins with the pedal happened to me lots when I was learning
> too. You could try:
> -using pedals with less bite (ie plastic)
> -getting some protection-eg Roach or 661 shin guards. You could
> probably try cheaper options to start with like some long football
> socks.
>
> Having the pedal whack my shins happens very infrequently now, usually
> only when I’m trying stuffing up some new trick.
>
> As for your thighs, I don’t know if the problem is chaffing from your
> shorts? If so you could try wearing some bike shorts underneath. I
> don’t usually wear bike shorts alone (fine when I’m biking but looks
> kinda daft when unicycling-in my opinion).
>
> Or you could look at it as a right of passage…I’m proud of all my
> scars. Much cheaper than tattoos. My record is 10 stitches from my
> pedal when I was doing a Mountainbike race on my Unicycle.
>
> Giz :slight_smile:
>
>
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Invest heavily in scar gel.

I’m in the learning stage, too. I whacked my shins repeatedly during the first two outings. After that, I began wearing SixSixOne shin guards. They’re a little bit confining, especially if you are learning, but you’ll never feel a knock. I don’t tend to wear the shin guards all the time but when I get good enough to venture onto the street, I will certainly get them back on.

The problem with the thighs might be just your size thigh. I never had a problem with that when I was learning. I wouldn’t try to pinch the seat with my thighs so much. Just sit on the saddle and ride it like a bicycle. (meaning, just sit on the saddle comfortably. Don’t emphasize this squeezing thing.

Turns to the uni will come naturally with time. I would say work on balancing and managing to ride in a straight line. If you curve off, your probably going to bail anyway.

BTW bike unders are designed to minimize chafing. The seams are less and are placed in places that normal briefs might cause chafing.

>so cycling shorts look daft while uni’ing but ‘leg armour’ is ok?
>strange priorities

Don’t get me wrong Gild, I use them all the time when MTBking, so I have nothing against them in theory. Except that I wouldn’t wear them on a uni. What’s the general consensus of unicyclists on this forum?

I wear a cycle top when uni’ing though. Also use cycling shorts underneath my shorts for long distance. Only use armour for practicing new tricks (which is almost never-can’t be bothered, rather be muni-ing)

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GizmoDuck <GizmoDuck.43jl0@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

> Don’t get me wrong Gild, I use them all the time when MTBking, so I have
> nothing against them in theory. Except that I wouldn’t wear them on a
> uni. What’s the general consensus of unicyclists on this forum?

your werid. Thats the reverse of my preferences. I think I’ve worn cycle
shorts on the bicycle twice in 15 years and yet own 4 pairs that get used
frequently, on the unicycles.
About the only riding I do on the uni without cycle shorts is the short
commute to work and back.

Sarah

Eurocycle 2002, Bremen, May 31st-June 2nd
The European Unicycle Event of the year.
http://www.eurocycle.org

Thanks Sarah, methinks you are werid too! (and lecdysxic) :smiley:

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“GizmoDuck” <GizmoDuck.43jl0@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> Don’t get me wrong Gild, I use them all the time when MTBking, so I have
> nothing against them in theory. Except that I wouldn’t wear them on a
> uni. What’s the general consensus of unicyclists on this forum?
>

I bought a pair of lycra shorts after everyone raved about them to see what
they were on about, I think they’re okay, but not that much better than just
wearing combats and underwear, I might wear them for very long rides, but
not for normal riding. They also don’t have pockets which annoys me. I tried
wearing them under trousers and that just wasn’t a good thing as far as I
was concerned. I’ve ridden bikes a lot since I was tiny and never worn
shorts though, so maybe I’m just used to not wearing shorts. I also like
combats, because they keep your legs warm and protect them a bit without
being as big and bulky as leg armour. I’m getting some baggy cycling shorts
for the summer to see what they’re like.

> I wear a cycle top when uni’ing though. Also use cycling shorts
> underneath my shorts for long distance. Only use armour for practicing
> new tricks (which is almost never-can’t be bothered, rather be muni-ing)

I always wear some kind of technical t-shirt for long rides, although
usually walking ones cos they cost half as much as cycling gear.

Joe

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“unisaurus” <unisaurus.4395y@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> Invest heavily in scar gel.
>
> I’m in the learning stage, too. I whacked my shins repeatedly during the
> first two outings. After that, I began wearing SixSixOne shin guards.
> They’re a little bit confining, especially if you are learning, but
> you’ll never feel a knock. I don’t tend to wear the shin guards all the
> time but when I get good enough to venture onto the street, I will
> certainly get them back on.

Ouch, I had my first ever landing on pedal experience yesterday when I was
practicing hopping and my foot slipped off the wet pedal and I hit the back
of my leg on it. Ouchy that hurt. I think I must have been too cautious when
learning cos this was one injury I managed to avoid before.

Joe

My only problem with streatchy cycling shorts is my inclination to never take them off. When I’m done with a ride, I’ll strip everything else off and lord about the house like Pablo Picaso. Most of the time I can’t resist the temptation to slide into bed wearing 'em -ummmm, smooooth!

Christopher

I very rarely ride without gel padded shorts. They are the only thing that helps to prevent pain. THEY ARE GREAT
-David Kaplan

If it is cold, lycra shorts underneath sweat pants. No seams there. If it is warm, cycling shorts with the lycra attached as a liner. These have pockets. No underwear with any cycling shorts as it just adds seams in the wrong places. A final note on dressing…ALWAYS tuck those shoelaces in! They are always actively looking for your cranks and spokes.

My worst experiences came when I began to go downhill. Because I was still learning a bit and had never really gone fast before, many times one of my feet would slip off a pedal and then get whacked from behind as the pedal came back again. So try to be careful if you have hills in your area and decide to start going down them.

I’m still trying to figure out how I fell the first time. I think one of my shoelaces caught on a pedal or crank and I went straight into the pavement from a basic mount. I sprained my wrist pretty badly. I always tuck in my shoelaces now.

I fell my 2nd time about 2 nights ago. Just messing around trying to idle/ride backwards, my uni just shot out from under me backwards. I don’t know what happened there either, I think I was tired at that point and just didn’t have the energy to keep control of the uni.

I think I’ve learned my lesson, tonight, I will invest in some wrist guards and possibly some knee pads.

Yeah, I used to have the problem with the shoelaces as well. My biggest problem at that time, though, was that I had rather thin pedals (I banged up my ankle pretty bad when I used these). I don’t know how they ended up on there, as my unicycle wasn’t new when I started riding, but you can bet that I was down at the local bike shop within a few days.