Beginning... Again!

Hello everyone;

About a year n’a half ago I bought a 26" Pashley MUni. I had seen the
Atlantic Monthly article on George Peck and, seeing as I had just had my
fortieth birthday decided that George looked in pretty good shape for an
old judge :wink: and I could get in good shape too.

Well I had contacted John Foss and he had given me some encouragement and
so I started to practice. Unfortunately… being ADD… I let other
things distract me after the novelty wore off and I hadn’t ridden (“HA!”)
for a year.

Well seeing as I’ve had some help with my ADD I’ve been trying again.
After landing on my tail-bone I’ve become pavement shy so I’ve taken to
using a local boardwalk with a handrail as my training ground.

I am now able to go about 15’ (if I really concentrate) before I have to
grab onto the railing again.

I have a few questions.

One- Is is normal for the wheel to oscillate back and forth like that!!??
or will that disappear over time? I ‘think’ my seat height is correct.

Two- In order to go any distance without holding on I tend to use a LOT of
inner thigh muscles to kind of keep the thing… well… up. Is this also
normal and will that become easier or go away?

Three- I try to put my weight on the seat because that’s what I was told
but I tend to want to put my weight on the peddles more when I’m
forgetful. Do I really want ALL my weight on the seat and just enough on
the peddles to peddle or is there going to be some distribution to the
peddles for balance?

Four- My inner calves tend to want to rub up against the forks. Is that
normal? They are sore.

Five- I’m sure that this is going to become easier but is it ever going to
become as easy as riding a bicycle or CLOSE to it? Can you MUniers go for
hours without much thought like bicycling or is it always going to take
concentration?

Thank you!

Christopher Grove

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Your first, second, and third questions are all symptoms of not having
enough weight on your seat. Your legs should be relaxed, not tense.You
shouldn’t have to grip the seat with your legs–use gravity. It just takes
more practice.

Yes, unicycling becomes as easy as bicycling.

By the way,Sunday I was riding my Coker along the main highway on our
island when I was stopped by the constabulary. I had seen several
police cars go by–and we don’t have several police cars, so I figured
I was being followed. This road has a very nice bike lane, so I just
kept riding.

After about 5 miles I stopped at a light, crossed the street, and began
heading back. That’s when I got pulled over. The officer didn’t use his
lights or anything. He pulled in front of me, stopped, and got out of his
car. I jumped off, and walked up to him. He smiled, and asked, “You were
doing well, why did you turn around?” I told him, “I discovered I’d left
my other wheel back at my car.” He laughed, and told me that his kids ride
unicycles at their school. He wanted to know if I was the volunteer who
taught the class. I am.

David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA

Hello Christopher,

I think that the key to success is perseverance and time. I had the very
same questions as you when I began and the same answers (ref. Maxfield D’s
post) : The wheel will oscillate less if you put more weight on the
saddle; Your muscles will get used to that new type of stress, etc.

On a ride some day, I just realised that I was riding without having to
concetrate on keeping balance. It just comes by itself and is a matter of
time. Last week, I had my first “down” as I went out for a ride and
everything went wrong (it was much harder to keep my balance). I thought
that I had lost the abilities I got the previous weeks… That night I got
back home very frustrated ! Two day later I practiced indoors and thing
were OK…

Time will do the job ! Hang on and enjoy your pratice sessions !

Christ.

Christopher wrote:

> Hello everyone;
>
> About a year n’a half ago I bought a 26" Pashley MUni. I had seen the
> Atlantic Monthly article on George Peck and, seeing as I had just had my
> fortieth birthday decided that George looked in pretty good shape for an
> old judge and I could get in good shape too.
>
> Well I had contacted John Foss and he had given me some encouragement
> and so I started to practice. Unfortunately… being ADD… I let other
> things distract me after the novelty wore off and I hadn’t ridden
> (“HA!”) for a year.
>
> Well seeing as I’ve had some help with my ADD I’ve been trying again.
> After landing on my tail-bone I’ve become pavement shy so I’ve taken to
> using a local boardwalk with a handrail as my training ground.
>
> I am now able to go about 15’ (if I really concentrate) before I have to
> grab onto the railing again.
>
> I have a few questions.
>
> One- Is is normal for the wheel to oscillate back and forth like
> that!!?? or will that disappear over time? I ‘think’ my seat height is
> correct.
>
> Two- In order to go any distance without holding on I tend to use a LOT
> of inner thigh muscles to kind of keep the thing… well… up. Is this
> also normal and will that become easier or go away?
>
> Three- I try to put my weight on the seat because that’s what I was told
> but I tend to want to put my weight on the peddles more when I’m
> forgetful. Do I really want ALL my weight on the seat and just enough on
> the peddles to peddle or is there going to be some distribution to the
> peddles for balance?
>
> Four- My inner calves tend to want to rub up against the forks. Is that
> normal? They are sore.
>
> Five- I’m sure that this is going to become easier but is it ever going
> to become as easy as riding a bicycle or CLOSE to it? Can you MUniers go
> for hours without much thought like bicycling or is it always going to
> take concentration?
>
> Thank you!
>
> Christopher Grove
>
> PS… One day… MUni weekend!
>
> –
> “I never MET a man I didn’t like.” -Will Rogers
>
> Read my short story at: http://www.rosedog.com/manuscript.asp?m=9389256-
> &manuscript=6862016&t=The+Determination+of+Jeffery&fn=Christopher&ln=Gr-
> ove&srdt=9%2F27%2F01+5%3A32%3A05+AM&fs=2&ff=Arial%2C+Helvetica%2C+Verda-
> na&ps=4000&

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Hello Christopher,
<p>I think that the key to success is perseverance and time. I had the
very same questions as you when I began and the same answers (ref.
Maxfield D’s post) : The wheel will oscillate less if you put more
weight on the saddle; Your muscles will get used to that new type of
stress, etc.
<q>On a ride some day, I just realised that I was riding without having to
concetrate on keeping balance. It just comes by itself and is a matter
of time. Last week, I had my first “down” as I went out for a ride and
everything went wrong (it was much harder to keep my balance). I
thought that I had lost the abilities I got the previous weeks… That
night I got back home very frustrated ! Two day later I practiced
indoors and thing were OK…
<r>Time will do the job ! Hang on and enjoy your pratice sessions !
<s>Christ.
<t>Christopher wrote: <blockquote TYPE=CITE>Hello everyone;
<u>About a year n’a half ago I bought a 26" Pashley MUni. I had
<br>seen the Atlantic Monthly article on George Peck and, seeing as I
<br>had just had my fortieth birthday decided that George looked in
<br>pretty good shape for an old judge :wink: and I could get in good
<br>shape too.
<v>Well I had contacted John Foss and he had given me some
<br>encouragement and so I started to practice. Unfortunately…
<br>being ADD… I let other things distract me after the novelty
<br>wore off and I hadn’t ridden (“HA!”) for a year.
<w>Well seeing as I’ve had some help with my ADD I’ve been trying
<br>again. After landing on my tail-bone I’ve become pavement shy
so <br>I’ve taken to using a local boardwalk with a handrail as my
<br>training ground.
<x>I am now able to go about 15’ (if I really concentrate) before I
<br>have to grab onto the railing again.
<y>I have a few questions.
<z>One- Is is normal for the wheel to oscillate back and forth like
<br>that!!?? or will that disappear over time? I ‘think’ my seat
<br>height is correct.
<z>Two- In order to go any distance without holding on I tend to use
<br>a LOT of inner thigh muscles to kind of keep the thing…
well… <br>up. Is this also normal and will that become
easier or go away?
<z>Three- I try to put my weight on the seat because that’s what I <br>was
told but I tend to want to put my weight on the peddles more <br>when
I’m forgetful. Do I really want ALL my weight on the seat <br>and
just enough on the peddles to peddle or is there going to be <br>some
distribution to the peddles for balance?
<z>Four- My inner calves tend to want to rub up against the forks. <br>Is
that normal? They are sore.
<z>Five- I’m sure that this is going to become easier but is it ever
<br>going to become as easy as riding a bicycle or CLOSE to it?
Can <br>you MUniers go for hours without much thought like bicycling or
<br>is it always going to take concentration?
<z>Thank you!
<z>Christopher Grove
<z>PS… One day… MUni weekend!
<z>–
<br>“I never MET a man I didn’t like.” -Will Rogers
<z>Read my short story at: <br><a href=“http://www.rosedog.com/manuscript-
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A reply from someone who has been riding one year but still is not very
proficient:

>One- Is is normal for the wheel to oscillate back and forth like that!!??
>or will that disappear over time? I ‘think’ my seat height is correct.
You mean oscillate left to right, like wobbling? Will disappear. I still
wobble a little bit, not disturbing.

>Two- In order to go any distance without holding on I tend to use a LOT
>of inner thigh muscles to kind of keep the thing… well… up. Is this
>also normal and will that become easier or go away?
Pressing the seat from the sides? I never did this, hear from other
beginners that they do though, AND that it goes away.

>Three- I try to put my weight on the seat because that’s what I was told
>but I tend to want to put my weight on the peddles more when I’m
>forgetful. Do I really want ALL my weight on the seat and just enough on
>the peddles to peddle or is there going to be some distribution to the
>peddles for balance?
I find that I put less and less weight on the pedals as I get better, and
it helps to make a conscious effort do to so.

>Four- My inner calves tend to want to rub up against the forks. Is that
>normal? They are sore.
Why do you do that (not meaning to be funny)? I mean, if there is a
clearance between your feet and your frame and your legs are straight when
seen from front, why would your calves touch the frame? They don’t stick
out sideways so much, do they?

>Five- I’m sure that this is going to become easier but is it ever going
>to become as easy as riding a bicycle or CLOSE to it? Can you MUniers go
>for hours without much thought like bicycling or is it always going to
>take concentration?
I find bicycling significantly easier (but way less fun). It’s not that I
have to concentrate when unicycling but there is always stress in my
muscles. Your question has come up before and the most experienced riders
stated that unicycling was as easy as riding a bike.

Klaas Bil

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In article <20011015210719.01753.00000081@mb-dd.aol.com>, Maxfield D
wrote:
>[…] I was riding my [unicycle] along […] when I was stopped by the
>constabulary.

interesting factlette (or maybe it’s misinformation, I’m not responsible
if it lands you in the poo :wink: is that unicycles are almost totally exempt
from traffic laws in the UK, because a “cycle” is defined as having two or
more wheels, so the only places you’re not allowed to ride a unicycle are
motorways (minimum speed of 30mph) and bridle paths (for pedestrians,
horses, and cycles only!)

so there you go…

Cheers & God bless SammyTheSnake

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On 19/10/01 9:06 pm, SammyTheSnake posted:

> interesting factlette (or maybe it’s misinformation, I’m not responsible
> if it lands you in the poo is that unicycles are almost totally
> exempt from traffic laws in the UK, because a “cycle” is defined as
> having two or more wheels, so the only places you’re not allowed to ride
> a unicycle are motorways (minimum speed of 30mph) and bridle paths (for
> pedestrians, horses, and cycles only!)
>
> so there you go…
>
> Cheers & God bless SammyTheSnake

Sadly mistaken, I fear. This was the case until about 1994, when the
“pedal cycle construction and use” regulations were amended. A “pedal
cycle” is now defined as “A unicycle, bicycle, tricycle, or cycle with
four or more wheels” (Until the change the definition started “A
bicycle, tricycle etc etc.”) I can only assume that the change must have
been as a result of a court case involving a unicycle, but have no
information on this!

The result is that on our unicycles we are technically subject to all the
same laws as those odd people who ride bikes.


Trevor Coultart

“Rabbit is clever. Rabbit has brain. I suppose that’s why he never
understands anything” (Winnie the Pooh.)